Kendal Town 2-3 North Ferriby United
North Ferriby picked up their fourth victory in a row, and their first away from home, under Billy Heath, as a battling team performance in trying conditions saw them return with all three points from their long trip to Kendal Town.
The match saw Adam Nicklin make his first league start since rejoining the club, after a strong display in last Saturday's FA Trophy victory, and the young keeper was in fine form to keep out an effort from Gary McEvatt in the opening minutes. Nicklin's opposite number Craig Dootson was then called into action to push a drive from Peter Davidson over the bar, but it wouldn't be long before the Villagers snatched an early lead; Peter's elder brother Alex running onto Nathan Peat's excellent long ball and tucking smartly under Dootson into the bottom corner. Having done little to threaten Nicklin's goal since the opening exchanges, Kendal equalised in style on the 25 minute mark, Kevin Leadbetter netting with the aid of a post from the edge of the area. Mark Jackson could have put the Cumbrians ahead had his flicked header from Kieran Walmsley's long ball been an inch or two lower, but two minutes from half time the Villagers regained the lead their superiority deserved; Danny Clarke bundling the ball across the line during a goalmouth scramble instigated by a Paul Harsley free kick.
In the second half, Ferriby battled through increasingly heavy rain to try and build on their advantage. Substitute Chris Bolder sent Alex Davidson through on goal, and the striker pushed the ball beyond Dootson but also wide at the far post. Davidson returned the favour soon afterwards, but Dootson smothered Bolder's effort. The points were secured when Paul Harsley powered a 20-yard drive into the bottom corner from an Alex Davidson lay-off. Kendal's first real opportunity of the half had them back in the contest with ten minutes to go. Ashley Dunn played in Jackson, who drew Nicklin off his line and slotted the ball beyond the stranded keeper. Nicklin then ensured the points were safe when he blocked Steven Swinglehurst's header on the line and smothered the follow-up.
Man of the Match: Nathan Peat (North Ferriby)
Ferriby: Adam Nicklin, James Williams, Nathan Peat, Paul Harsley, Paul Foot (c), Sam Denton, Wayne Brooksby, Russell Fry, Danny Clarke, Peter Davidson (Chris Bolder, 64), Alex Davidson Subs not used: Greg Wright, Luke Thompson, Ben Morley, Steve Wilson
Kendal: Craig Dootson, Kieran Walmsley, Danny Wisdom, Steven Swinglehurst, Marc Joseph (c), Ciaran Donnelly (Nathan Fairhurst, 80), Kevin Leadbetter (Neil Wainwright, 68), Mark Jackson, Gary McEvatt, Ashley Dunn (Alex Taylor, 64), Danny Williams Subs not used: Jordan Tucker, Tom Newton
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