North Ferriby United 3-0 Worksop Town
A confident and stylish performance saw North Ferriby put three goals past Worksop and record their first home victory of the season at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium. After Russell Fry's strike gave them the edge at half time, a superb second half performance saw Gary Bradshaw and Alex Davidson find the net to secure a deservedly comfortable three points.
After a strong start by the visitors saw both Peter Knox and Danny Bacon test Steve Wilson in the Ferriby goal, the home side snatched the lead on 20 minutes when Ben Turner's cross was met by Russell Fry, whose flicked header looped over the dive of Worksop keeper Jon Kennedy and into the top corner. Kennedy had to stay sharp to prevent Ferriby doubling their advantage shortly afterwards, pushing away Chris Bolder's low drive after some good footwork by Bradshaw had set him up. Ryan Mallon was almost presented with a golden opportunity for a Worksop equaliser when Ben Tomlinson's cross deflected into his path, but Tom Matthews reacted well to slide the ball clear for a corner. At the other end, Bradshaw was unlucky to see his spectacular overhead kick land just shy of the far post.
Worksop started the second half brightly, with Wilson doing well to catch Mallon's half volley from Mark Camm's cross, and Mallon again coming close with a dipping 35-yarder that landed on the roof of the net. Having weathered this early storm, Ferriby soon reasserted their dominance on the game. After Fry nearly added his second from 25 yards, the advantage was finally doubled on 68 minutes when the lively Wayne Brooksby cut inside the box, and after Kennedy clawed the ball away from the feet of Chris White, Bradshaw poked in the rebound. Bradshaw's second nearly arrived five minutes later, when he was just able to get a foot on Fry's through ball, and Kennedy could only turn it behind for a corner. Kennedy's fists again came to the rescue when Brooksby nearly snuck the ball in from the narrowest of angles from Bolder's short free kick. The coup de grace finally came in added time, when Brooksby again cut in from the left to play a perfectly-timed ball into the box where substitute Alex Davidson coolly backheeled home from close range. Ferriby will look for another home victory this Saturday when they entertain Ossett Town in the FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round.
Man of the Match: Wayne Brooksby (North Ferriby)
Ferriby: Steve Wilson, Tom Matthews, Ben Turner, Sam Denton, Paul Foot (c), Paul Harsley, Wayne Brooksby, Chris Bolder, Russell Fry, Gary Bradshaw (Alex Davidson, 86), Chris White Subs not used: Peter Davidson, Kevin Larvin, Paul Ellender, Ben Hallam
Worksop: Jon Kennedy, James Colliver, Chris Wood, Mark Camm (c) (Daniel Simpson, 74), Luke Shiels (Steve Wankiewicz, 82), Danny Bacon, Chris Bettney, Deon Meikle, Peter Knox, Ben Tomlinson, Ryan Mallon (Jamie Jackson, 74) Subs not used: Lee Whittington, Michael Trench