Frickley Athletic 1-0 North Ferriby United
Billy Heath suffered only his second league defeat in charge of North Ferriby United, as the Villagers' five-game unbeaten run in league competition came to an end at Frickley Athletic, on Heath's return to the club where he spent four years as manager.
Frickley's Stephen Dickinson was the first of the goalkeepers to be forced into action when he blocked an Alex Davidson from a Danny Clarke cross at close quarters, while at the other end Ferriby stopper Adam Nicklin pushed a free-kick from ex-Ferriby man Ben Turner onto the crossbar and out for a corner. No sooner had the corner been taken, the referee was pointing to the spot as Paul Foot was adjudged to have pushed Lincoln Adams as they jumped for the ball, the third penalty Ferriby had conceded in as many games. James Ashmore converted from the spot to put Frickley ahead with 29 minutes gone. Nicklin, who played under Heath at Frickley, prevented his former club from adding to their advantage when he saved with his legs from Oliie Ryan after Ryan Mallon's flick had sent the striker through on goal. Peter Knox also came close for the home side before half time, firing fractionally wide on the turn during a scramble in the box resulting from a corner.
Early in the second half Ferriby had their best chance of the game so far when Russell Fry played in Gary Bradshaw, whose flicked left-footed effort was caught by Dickinson. Later, a Bradshaw lay-off sent Alex Davidson through, and the striker beat Dickinson to the loose ball only for the keeper to smother it before it could slide beyond him. Ferriby went a man down with six minutes to go when Nathan Peat marred an otherwise excellent performance at left back when he saw a straight red card for lashing out at Kelvin Bleau having been felled by the Frickley man. Frickley could have made their man advantage count in the closing minutes had Nicklin not stretched to deny substitute Brad Grayson from the edge of the area, and Mallon fired wide with only Nicklin to beat in added time.
Man of the Match: Adam Nicklin (Ferriby)
Ferriby: Adam Nicklin, James Williams, Nathan Peat, Paul Harsley, Paul Foot (c), Sam Denton, Danny Clarke (Wayne Brooksby, HT), Russell Fry, Alex Davidson, Gary Bradshaw, Chris Bolder Subs not used: Peter Davidson, Kevin Larvin, Rob Moy
Frickley: Stephen Dickinson, Stuart Ludlum (c), Ben Turner, Danny Walsh, Lincoln Adams, Mark Gray, Kelvin Bleau, James Ashmore, Peter Knox, Ollie Ryan (Brad Grayson, 77), Ryan Mallon Subs not used: Grant Darley, Mark Whitehouse, Karl Jones, Jon Hood