REPORT – North Ferriby 3-0 Gloucester City

National League North
Saturday 12th September 2015
Kelsey De Maria

A clinical performance from FA Trophy holders North Ferriby and a red card for Sam Avery were enough to seal a 3-0 victory for the team from Humberside.

The Villagers had an early lead courtesy of towering striker Tom Denton. Curtis Bateson did extremely well to beat Richards on the wing and pull it back to the unmarked Denton, who only had to tap it home from 10 yards.

Ferriby made it 2-0 soon after as Spencer Hamilton sold Jasbir Singh short with a weak back pass and Singh’s clearance deflected into the path of Danny Clarke who had the goal at his mercy and duly obliged.

With the Tigers stunned, they had the ball in the back of the net through Joe Hanks but the Cheltenham Town loanee’s effort was chalked off due to a foul in the build up by Obi Anoruo.

The score should have been 3-0 but for a tremendous save from Tigers ‘keeper Singh, as he leapt away to his right to claw out a half volley from Ryan Kendall.

Once more the hosts should have trebled their lead but Curtis Bateson managed to sky one from 4 yards out following a teasing ball from Clarke.

Things went from bad to worse for the Tigers at the start of the second half as Sam Avery was rather contentiously sent off for handball as he was the last man.

With the Tigers chasing the game, the returning Tom Webb tried a speculative half volley from 25 yards that was always travelling over.

The inevitable 3rd goal finally came for North Ferriby through FA Trophy hero Ryan Kendall as he skipped past the defence before gracefully chipping over the on-rushing Jasbir Singh.

Kendall had a chance to make it 4-0 moments later but somehow managed to blaze a shot over from just over 6 yards out.

Mike Symons chipped a delightful ball in towards the back post as City searched for a way back into the match, but there was nobody arriving to head home and break the Tigers duck.

Again Ryan Kendall had an opportunity to add gloss to the scoreline as he found himself unmarked 10 yards from goal but could only fire straight at Singh.

The visitors were throwing everything at Ferriby in a desperate attempt to salvage something from the game. An off balance strike by Tom Webb from 12 yards was straight into the arms of Nicklin.

The Tigers simply could not find a late consolation and move onto Tuesday night away to Hednesford Town as they look to get points on the board; a win would see them beat their best ever points haul after the first 10 games in the division.

North Ferriby United: Nicklin, Topliss, Wilde, King (capt) (Bolder 73’), Palmer, Middleton, Clarke, Fry, Denton, Kendall, Bateson (Emerton 78’)

Subs: Nicholson, Bruce, Davie

Gloucester City: Singh, Hamilton (Miller 46’), Jones, Richards, Avery, Hanks, Liddiard, Webb (capt), Anoruo (Parker 60’), Symons (Dickin 83’), Bowen

Subs: Hall, Thompson

Referee: Marc Edwards

Attendance: 266

Star man: Jasbir Singh