NFU 3 Lincoln United 1 (FAT 1Q)


FA Trophy First Qualifying Round
North Ferriby United 3 Lincoln United 1

Ferriby gained a deserved and, in the end, comfortable victory over a spirited Lincoln United side to go in to the next round of the FA Trophy.

Ferriby dominated the first half but could not find the net.

In the first six minutes Sam Denton had a shot deflected and Gary Bradshaw's 25 yard free-kick came back off the bar with keeper Phil McGann well beaten.

Lincoln's attacks were limited and they gave home keeper AdamNicklin little trouble.

Chris Bolder's header from Paul Harsley's corner was cleared off the line by terry Fleming. Gary Bradshaw also went close twice.

The opening goal came against the run of play in the 28th minute. A quick break saw Kallum Smith play a through-ball to George Zuerner who slid the ball past Adam Nicklin in the Ferriby goal.

Lincoln took the game to Ferriby for the first 10 minutes of the second half but created no major threats. Ferriby gradually regained control. They equalised in the 62nd minute when Paul Harsley's cross was headed on by Bradshaw to Danny Clarke who coolly fired home.

Two minutes later Ferriby took the lead when Paul Harsley scored after shots by Bradshaw and Wayne Brooksby had been blocked.

Ferriby continued to create chances and Bradshaw, twice, Harsley and Peter Davidson all went close.

Lincoln threatened briefly with a low cross going straight across the Ferriby goal and substitute Chris Funnell shooting straight at Nicklin.

Bradshaw finally got the goal he deserved when he fired home a 25-yard free kick in the 83rd minute.

Manager Billy Heath said after the match, "I'm pleased with the result. The first half was frustrating with hitting the bar and post three times. We deserved the win in the end."