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Local soccer: Town draw on a tough day for quality football

North Ferriby Athletic 1 – 1 Beverley Town (Saturday April 21)

Town travelled to bottom of the league North Ferriby Athletic in search of another win to keep them in contention for runners up spot in the league. However it was always going to be a difficult day and with the sun beating down on a bone dry, bobbly pitch, quality football was at premium.

Town started well, creating a couple of half chances, without causing too many problems. Most of the game was played in the Ferriby half, but when they got the chance a long ball forward was the main threat to Town’s defence. Against the run of play Ferriby took the lead on 30 minutes, when a long-range shot was deflected off the back of Nathan White and crept agonisingly past the wrong-footed Spencer in goal for Town.

Craig Muirhead had a good opportunity to level but his attempted lob fell short and was easily dealt with by the keeper.

Half time 1-1

Town started the second half brightly and continued to probe without any major goal threat. Michael O’Connell was enjoying time on the ball and was linking up well with Town’s wide men. Town’s equaliser came from defender Kurtis Bedford on 70 minutes, after he headed home from Michael O’Connell’s pin-point corner .

Town pushed hard to get the winner and it was O’Connell who went closest when his 25-yard shot rattled the cross-bar, rebounded back into the penalty box and the subsequent shot was blocked and cleared by the Ferriby defence.

Beverley manager Rich Jagger reflected on the result: “ It wasn’t easy for either team to play football on a dry, very bobbly surface today. We didn’t play great today, but thought we could have nicked another goal and come away with a win. Credit to Ferriby though, they kept at it, defended well and made life difficult for us.

“On reflection it might not be a bad point, but we would have preferred three. The way results have gone we are now guaranteed fourth place, which is better than than the target we set ourselves at the start of the season. With one game left against Scullys we look to get something from that and see if we can finish any higher in the league.”