North Ferriby United 0 Chasetown 1
The Villagers went down to a disappointing home defeat against Chasetown in an even and entertaining game
The first fifteen minutes saw both sides probing each other's defences but creating no significant chances. The closest to a goal was after 5 minutes when Danny Smith's right-wing cross found Grant Ryan whose header went straight to Ferriby keeper Steve Wilson.
In the 18th minute Ryan Price, the Chasetown keeper, had to come out of his area to head away a Gary Bradshaw throughball as Chris White closed-in. Paul Harsley then shot wide from 20 yards from Wayne Brooksby's precise inside pass. A minute later Bradshaw headed a Brooksby cross narrowly over.
Chasetown hit back with Dave Egan heading a Ryan cross wide.
Ferriby were playing some neat football but with Chasetown defending strongly chances were limited. Equally, Chasetown also had limited chances with Paul Foot and Paul Ellender both playing well at the heart of The Villager's defence.
The half finished with Wilson saving a Gavin Saunders header and Chris White having a powerful shot parried by Price.
Ferriby created the first chance of the second half with Russell Fry shooting wide. Gary Birch then went close with a run across the area before turning and shooting just past the top corner.
Ferriby won a penalty in the 52nd minute when the linesman signalled for handball. Bradshaw's penalty was saved by Price diving low to his right.
Chasetown shook Ferriby in the 61st minute by taking the lead. Ryan stole the ball from Tom Matthews and fired home past the advancing Steve Wilson.
The game continued end-to-end with Paul Harsley prominent in many of Ferriby's moves. Bradshaw had a header saved by Price and White had shot blocked by a defender. Steve Wilson had to save well from Ryan and substitute Ben Jevons.
Ferriby continued to press but just could not create that vital opening. On the balance of play Ferriby certainly deserved to take something from a game that was a good advert for the Evostik League.
The management duo of Neil Allison and John Anderson were disappointed with the result. Anderson commented, "I thought we were the better team today. We played some good football and created more chances than Chasetown. The result shows just how important it is to not lose concentration in this division or teams will take advantage of it."
Allison and Anderson will be looking for the team to get back to winning ways when they travel to Ossett Town on Saturday.
Teams: NFU: Steve Wilson, Tom Matthews (A Davidson 71), Ben Turner, Paul Ellender, Paul Foot, Paul Harsley, Wayne Brooksby, Chris Bolder, Russell Fry, Gary Bradshaw, Chris White. Subs: Kevin Larvin, Peter Davidson, Ged Dalton, Ben Hallam
Chasetown: Ryan Price, Jack Farmer, Mark Branch, Matt Cohen, Gavin Saunders (Ben Jevons 73), Richard Teesdale, Danny Smith(Lee Smith 90+3), John Branch, Gary Birch, Grant Ryan, Dave Egan. Subs: Ramone Stephens, Chris Peel, Chris Horton,