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LOCAL FOOTBALL: Town chalk up another victory

Beverley Town 1-0 North Ferriby Athletic (Saturday, October 21)

Town went into this game full of confidence following last week’s victory over Chalk Lane. Manager Rich Jagger made two enforced changes, with Matty Spencer returning in goal and 19-year-old Jake Cattermole making his debut after impressing for the reserves in recent weeks.

From the start the conditions were terrible, with a strong cross-wind and rain blowing across the pitch. Both teams struggled to get a hold on the game and didn’t really create any clear-cut chances. It was Town that went the closest, however, when Nathan White fired back a clearance from the Ferriby keeper. White’s looping effort from inside his own half, dropped agonisingly on to the cross-bar and out to safety, with keeper beaten all ends up.

Half time 0-0

The second half picked up in the same manner; however as time went on Ferriby seemed to adjust to the conditions better and started to play a bit more football on the deck. Town worked hard to break up play, but didn’t really create any clear chances, and the game looked like it might fade out to a nil-nil draw. However, on 72 minutes Town introduced substitute Aldo Hysenaj in place of Matty Littlefield and it proved to make all the difference.

On 80 minutes , wing-back Karl Fitzgerald played a fine ball down the wing to Hysenaj, who ran at pace into the box, beat the defender and cut the ball back for Alex Stark, who shot from the edge of the six-yard box. The keeper made a fine save, however debutant Jake Cattermole had made a bursting run from his own half and arrived in the box just in time to head home from the keeper’s parried save.

Town then saw out the remaining 10 minutes to register a hard fought 1-0 win.

Manager Rich Jagger was happy with the result: “It was a really tough game today; the conditions were really poor and both teams struggled. If anything I thought Ferriby had the better of the game in the second half. However our lads never gave up; they gave their all for 90 minutes and got their just rewards at the end. I thought Jake Cattermole had a fine debut in the middle of the park, and I’ve got to mention super sub Aldo Hysenaj. For two weeks running now he has come on and changed the game, his attitude has been superb and he’s great around the squad. We’ve got some good fixtures coming up and hope to put a bit of a run together.”