Stafford Rangers 1 NFU 1 (Evo Prem)

Stafford Rangers 1-1 North Ferriby United

North Ferriby picked up a valuable point on the road at Stafford Rangers, stretching their unbeaten run in the league to five games in the process.

 

For the second game in a row, the Villagers began strongly only to find themselves falling behind in the opening five minutes. Nathan Peat went in late on Robert Stevenson in the box and Alan Nagington gave the home side the lead from the spot. Stafford could have doubled their advantage soon after when Dan Skelton intercepted an errant back-pass from Russell Fry but fired wide when it looked easier to score. For the next half hour Ferriby put the Stafford defence under heavy pressure. Gary Bradshaw had a free kick saved by home keeper Danny Read, and later Alex Davidson slid onto a Bradshaw cross only for Read to turn his effort around the post. The equaliser finally arrived on 33 minutes, skipper Paul Foot rising highest to head home Paul Harsley's corner. Adam Nicklin ensured Ferriby remained on level terms at the break, deflecting a Nagington effort away for a corner, from which Michael Morton's header was hacked off the line by Harsley.

 

Stafford were quickest out of the blocks in the second period, and looked set to regain their advantage when Nagington pounced on a slip by Ben Morley, but the striker's shot cannoned off the bar with only Nicklin to beat. Nicklin then made a pair of smart saves to deny Skelton and Peter Heler, then at the other a lob from Bradshaw landed on the roof of Reed's net. A flowing move then culminated in Danny Clarke sending a dangerous ball across the Stafford goal, but the defence was able to hack clear before any Ferriby players could capitalise. A Bradshaw free kick struck the side netting, and Nagington saw another effort saved by Nicklin as well as being one of many to come close in a goalmouth scramble in the Ferriby box in the closing minutes, but the scores remained level.

Man of the Match: Alex Davidson (North Ferriby)

Ferriby: Adam Nicklin, Ben Morley (James Williams, 76), Nathan Peat, Paul Harsley, Paul Foot (c), Sam Denton, Danny Clarke, Russell Fry, Chris Bolder, Gary Bradshaw, Alex Davidson Subs not used: Wayne Brooksby, Kevin Larvin, Peter Davidson, Steve Wilson

Stafford: Danny Read, Joe Rogers, Jon Patrick, Luke George, Karl Espley (c), Michael Morton (Anthony Maguire, 79), Peter Heler, Glyn Blackhurst, Alan Nagington, Robert Stevenson (Neville Thompson, 61), Dan Skelton Subs not used: Sean Jones, Jordan Wood