Whitby Town 1-3 North Ferriby United
Evostik League Challenge Cup 3rd Round
It was normal service resumed at Whitby last night as The Villagers controlled the game to gain a comfortable victory. On a heavy pitch it was hard to believe that Ferriby had not had a match for three-and-a half weeks as they played the same quality of football as they had displayed before the recent spate of postponements.
A fairly even opening 15 minutes saw both sides go close. Steve Wilson had to be alert to save a cross-come-shot from Andrew Leeson. Ferriby replied with a Gary Bradshaw shot that clipped the outside of the post then a six man move saw Russell Fry's shot go narrowly wide. Wilson then had to be quick to pounce on the ball as it bounced round the penalty area and shortly after he tipped-over a Tony Hackworth shot.
Ferriby then began to take control of the match as their passing game got into its stride. The pressure was finally rewarded after 31 minutes when Alex Davidson dispossessed David Southern in midfield, ran into the penalty area and turned two defenders before scoring with a low shot past Nick Liversedge.
With prompting from Russell Fry and Paul Harsley in midfield, Ferriby kept pressing. Bradshaw and Davidson were making life difficult for the home defence and it was no surprise when Davidson scored his second with a deflected shot after 41 minutes.
Three minutes later good work by Davidson down the left wing ended with him pulling the ball back from the goal-line for Bradshaw to score from close range.
Ferriby controlled virtually the whole of the second half with Whitby's sporadic attacks snuffed-out by The Villagers midfield and defence. Whitby's goal attempts were largely shots from outside the area which were confidently dealt with by Wilson.
Whitby found it difficult to cope with Ferriby's passing game. Chris White, Gareth Owen and Wayne Brooksby all went close for Ferriby. The game slowed in the later stages as the heavy pitch and lack of match practice began to take its' toll on both sides.
Whitby exerted a little more pressure in the closing minutes. In the final minute a shot was blocked on the line and then Chris Batchelor scored the home side's consolation goal with a shot from 12 yards.
On a heavy pitch and with a lack of recent games, the match was a credit to both sides.
Man of the Match: Alex Davidson (North Ferriby)
Ferriby: Steve Wilson (c), James Williams (Paul Foot, 61), Kevin Larvin, Sam Denton, Steve Burton, Paul Harsley (Wayne Brooksby, 68), Russell Fry, Chris Bolder, Alex Davidson, Gary Bradshaw (Gareth Owen 78), Chris White Subs not used:, Ben Morley, Ben Hallam
Whitby: Nick Liversedge, Daren Craddock, Leon Scott, Kevin Burgess, Paul Johnson, John McReady, David Southern (Ashley Lyth 17), Tony Hackworth (c) (Stephen Oakley 47), Andy Campbell, Andrew Leeson, Chris Batchelor