North Ferriby United 1-0 Rushall Olympic
By Graham Riley
North Ferriby helped themselves to a third win in seven days as they overcame newly-promoted Rushall at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
In a lively opening period, the visitors had the first chance when Chris Morris fired dangerously across goal, then at the other end, Kevin Larvin headed Paul Harsley's cross fractionally wide. Ferriby snatched the advantage on 27 minutes when Rushall keeper Chris Gemmell blocked a close range effort from Wayne Brooksby, only for Gary Bradshaw to turn the rebound in the direction of Chris Bolder, who side-footed home his fourth in as many games. Bradshaw could have doubled the lead just before the break, but Gemmell held onto his header from James Williams' cross.
In a rain-lashed second half, Ferriby dominated possession and could have added to their tally if Gemmell had not thwarted efforts from Larvin and Phil Jackman. It was Williams who came closest to a third; his run into the box was picked out by Jackman, but the young full back's drive from a tight angle hit the side netting. Rushall were reduced to ten men with a minute remaining when Mitchell Tolley obstructed Bradshaw and picked up his second yellow card, but the ten men nearly snatched an equaliser in added time when Steve Wilson in the Ferriby goal swatted away a free kick from Grant Beckett, and foiled the Pics captain again from the resulting corner. Ferriby hope to take a six-point haul from their Bank Holiday schedule when they travel to Worksop Town on Monday.
Man of the Match: James Williams (North Ferriby)
Ferriby: Steve Wilson, James Williams, Nathan Peat, Mark Greaves, Paul Foot (c), Paul Harsley, Russell Fry, Chris Bolder (John Leonard, 62), Kevin Larvin (Phil Jackman, 82), Gary Bradshaw, Wayne Brooksby Subs not used: Mathew Stirland, Danny Wright
Rushall: Chris Gemmell, Sean Platt, Grant Beckett (c), Mitchell Tolley, Lucan Spittle, Richard Blythe, Christian Dacres (Matt Lewis, 60), Danny Bragoli, Luke Edwards (Craig Bannister, 60), Chris Morris (Anthony Maguire, 60), Marcus Jackson Subs not used: Louis Keenan, Nick Amos