NFU 4 Mickleover Sports 2 (Evo Prem)


North Ferriby United  4 Chasetown  2
Evostik League Premier Division

3 January 2011

Ferriby controlled the first-half but it was Mickleover who created the early chances with James Williams and Sam Denton both putting-in blocking tackles as players prepared to shoot.. Ferriby's first real opportunity came after 10 minutes when Gary Bradshaw shot slightly high and wide from the edge of the area.

Ferriby took a deserved lead after 12 minutes when Bradshaw fed Chris Bolder whose shot was parried by Mickleover keeper Damian Clarke to Russell Fry who slotted home from close range. Ferriby's passing football was causing problems for Mickleover and it was no surprise when The Villagers increased their lead after 20 minutes. Bradshaw was fouled on the edge of the area and scored direct from the resulting free-kick.

Ferriby continued to control the game with Mickleover limited to occasional attacke that offered some threat to Ferriby's defence in which Sam Denton and Williams were having good games.

Following an indirect free-kick in the area, Denton shot against the crossbar and Bradshaw's shot from the rebound was cleared off the line.

As half-time approached, Ferriby continued to create chances and only some desperate defending prevented them from increasing their lead.

Mickleover started the second-half brightly with Liam Walshe and Marc Strzyewski both going close. Gary Bradshaw then went close twice for Ferriby before scoring his second of the game, scoring after Clarke could only parry Alex Davidson's low shot.

Ferriby controlled the game but Mickleover attacks, usually with Steadman prominent, created some half-chances. Two goals in two minutes for Mickleover changed the complexion of the game. On 76 minutes Steve Burton turned a cross past Wilson into his own goal. Steadman then ran down th lft and crossed to Martyn Smythe who fired home from 15 yards.

Three minutes later Alex Davidson scored, following up another half-save from Kelly after good work by Bradshaw.

Two games in three days following a lengthy break due to the bad weather obviously played its part in the second half but Ferriby thoroughly deserved their win that keep them in the play-off positions.

The downside to the match was what appears to be a serious ankle injury to midfielder Paul Harsley who may be out for a number of weeks.

Ferriby Manager John Anderson said, "I thought we could have scored more goals but after going three up we took the foot off the pedal and allowed them back into the game. The players know they cannot afford to as casual ina amatch no matter what the score. In the end I was pleased with the result and the four points gained over the weekend."

 Attendance: 233

Man of the Match: James Williams (North Ferriby)

 Ferriby: Steve Wilson (c), James Williams (Paul Foot 84), Ben Turner, Sam Denton, Steve Burton, Paul Harsley (Peter Davidson 31), Russell Fry, Chris Bolder, Alex Davidson, Gary Bradshaw, Chris White (Wayne Brooksby 65) Subs not used: Kevin Larvin, Ben Hallam

 Mickleover Sports: Damian Clarke, Matthew Roome, John Guy, Liam Walshe, Colin Hoyle ( Adam Burton 85), Marc Strzyewski, Eric Graves, Danny Martin, Richard Bailey(James Rusby 85), Kieran O'Connell )Martyn Smythe 67), Alex Steadman Sub not used: Chris Dodsley