North Ferriby United 4-1 Kendal Town
North Ferriby gained a comfortable and deserved win against play-off rivals Kendal Town to keep their promotion hopes alive.
Ferriby had the better of the opening 20 minutes with Gary Bradshaw, Wayne Brooksby and Chris Bolder all going close. Bolder's attempt followed a sweeping full-length that James williamd has started on the edge of his own penalty area. Kendal were limited to sporadic attacks which created no real threat.
The opening goal came after 20 minutes when Brooksby hammered home an unstoppable shot after a penetrating 4-man move by Ferriby. Ferriby continued to press and thought they had scored again on 25 minutes but Ben Turner's effort was ruled off-side. Ferriby kept surging forward and again went close through Alex Davidson, Bolder and Gary Bradshaw.
Ferriby then seemed to sit back a little allowing Kendal back into the game in the final ten minutes of the first half. Home keeper Steve Wilson cut-out Danny Williams low pull-back before Kendal equalised after 41 minutes. Ashley Dunn scored with a low shot after the ball had bounced around the Ferriby penalty area.
Kendal exerted some pressure on Ferriby for the first 10 minutes of the second half with Wilson having to save from Williams.
Ferriby then began to regain control and took the lead with a Paul Harsley penalty after 59 minutes following a foul on Bradshaw by Shaun Gray.
Six minutes later Alex Davidson scored a superb solo goal. He stole the ball off Kieran Walmsley on the left touchline, worked his way into the area and then across three defenders before scoring with a low shot.
Bradshaw sealed victory in the 70th minute when he raced on to Russell Fry's pass to beat the off-side trap and score low past Tom Newton. Bolder almost made it five but could not quite getting in a telling shot as he was under pressure from a defender.
Kendal came close to a late goal when Stuart Howson's shot hit the bar. From the rebound Ferriby broke quickly and Brooksby saw his cross-cum-shot float over the bar with Kyle Hadley facing an open goal had the ball reached him.
This was a good performance by Ferriby after the disappointment of recent matches. The pace and quality was back in Ferriby's football. Obviously, John Anderson's side still believes they can win promotion and will now be looking for maximum points from their Easter weekend games.
The Villagers are at home to Ossett Town on Good Friday (kick-off 3pm) and finish the regular season at Frickley Athletic on Easter Monday, also 3pm kick-off.
Man of the Match: Sam Denton (North Ferriby United)
NFU: Steve WILSON, James WILLIAMS, Kevin LARVIN, Sam DENTON, Ben TURNER, Paul HARSLEY,
Russell FRY, Chris BOLDER, Alex DAVIDSON (Peter DAVIDSON 81), Gary BRADSHAW (Kyle HADLEY89), Wayne BROOKSBY.
Substitutes: Dan WILKINSON, John LEONARD, Adam NICKLIN
Kendal Town: Tom NEWTON, Kieran WALMSLEY, Stuart HOWSON, Rory WINTERS, Shaun GRAY (c), Ciaran DONNELLY, Carl OSMAN (Alex TAYLOR 64), Gary McEVATT, Mark JACKSON, Ashley DUNN, Danny WILLIAMS Substitutes Dave FOSTER, Shaun GARDNER, Adam SUMNER, Jordan TUCKER
Goals: NFU : Brooksby 20; Harsley (pen) 59; Alex Davidson 65 Bradshaw 70
Kendal Town: Ashley Dunn 41