Buxton 0-0 North Ferriby United
A Ferriby side without 7 regular first-team players gave a magnificent all-round team performance at Silverlands and a point was the very least they deserved.
Manager John Anderson had Dan Wilkinson (on loan from Hull City) and Kyle Hadley (signed this week from Harrogate Town) making their club debuts. Keeper Adam Nicklin also made his League debut for the Club.
The first fifteen minutes were end-to-end with no clear-cut chances for either side. Russell Fry troubled home keeper Scott Hartley with a powerful 35 yard shot and Hadley also had Hartley scrabbling to save another long shot. Michael Towey went close for Buxton after picking-up a misplaced pass and Nicklin beat Kieran Lugsden to a through-ball.
The half continued with both teams getting shots and headers on target but they all seemed to go straight to both keepers, neither of whom had any significant saves to make.
The pitch was somewhat uneven and the uneven bounce caused problems for both sets of players at times.
The second-half was fairly similar to the first, with most goal-bound efforts going directly to the keepers.
Ferriby came closest to a goal after 54 minutes. A good move down the right ended with Hadley's close range shot hitting the inside of the post and going along the goal-line before being cleared.
Hadley was proving a problem for Buxton with his strength and movement and his willingness to shoot from distance. Paul Harsley was close to a goal with a 35 yard drive that went just wide.
The closest Buxton came to a goal were when Paul Foot had to clear a low cross from Grant Black inside the six yard box and when Nicklin saved low after a James Askey shot was deflected.
This was an excellent team performance by Ferriby. Nicklin was confident in goal and Paul Foot organised his back four superbly. Ferriby's midfield worked tirelessly to close down Buxton. The the home side with little option but to launch high balls into the area which created few problems.
Ferriby's strength in midfield also created a base for The Villagers to play their usual passing game when attacking. Up front, Fry's holding-up of the ball and Hadley's running created problems for Buxton's back four throughout the game
Manager John Anderson said, "I am delighted with the result and the performance. The players showed tremendous commitment again and with a little luck we may have had all three points."
Ferriby remain in third place and entertain another promotion-chasing side, Marine, on Saturday.
Man of the Match: The whole team. It was an excellent all-round performance.
Ferriby: Adam Nicklin, James Williams, Ben Turner, Dan Wilkinson, Paul Foot(c), Paul Harsley, Peter Davidson, Chris Bolder, Russell Fry, Kyle Hadley (Alex Davidson 87), Wayne Brooksby Subs not used: John Leonard, Luke Thompson, Sam Belcher
Buxton: Scott Hartley, Grant Black, Josh Wilde, Scott Maxfield (Nathan Benger 45), Greg Anderson (c), Neil Stevens, James Askey, Michael Towey, Mark Reed, Kieran Lugsden, Steve Ridley. Subs not used: Sam Johnson, Chris Ovington, Sam Liversidge, Danny Kirkland.
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