Rainworth MW 0-4 North Ferriby

North Ferriby FC enter the second half of the season unbeaten and top of the table after beating Rainworth Miners Welfare 4-0 away from home. The weather conditions were not favourable for either side as persistent rain made it hard for both sides to get a free-flowing game going.

It was the Villagers who made the better start and after an early chance for Josh Whiteley was saved in the opening minute, Ferriby took the lead after four minutes. It was Louis Kirk who opened the scoring after Josh Whiteley did brilliantly well to keep the ball in play after a cross from Jamie Forrester had too much pace on it. Whiteley played the ball to Danny Emerton who found Louis Kirk running into the box and he fired the ball past Squires in the Rainworth goal.

The Villagers controlled the first half and did well with possession but just couldn’t find the second before the break. Squires made a good save from a Louis Kirk effort from the edge of the area and just before half-time Danny Emerton had a glorious opportunity as Josh Whiteley was slotted through on the left-hand side of the box. Whiteley played the ball across the face of goal but Emerton couldn’t hit the ball cleanly and the ball fell harmlessly wide.

As the second half kicked off the weather took a turn for the worse. A heavy downpour made the game hard for both sides. Ferriby kept possession and went in search of their second of the game. That came when a corner was swung into the box. There was a scramble in the area and the ball was finally hit home from close range. The Villagers put the game out of sight of their hosts when Josh Whiteley was put through on the right-hand side. Whiteley, who didn’t stop all afternoon and worked very hard, put the ball into the box and Josh Smith, in his attempt to clear the ball put the ball in his own goal.

The Villagers continued to be on top and nearly made it 4 when good play from Josh Whiteley and Danny Emerton who gave the ball to Harvey Carew with a wide-open goal hit the post. It was to be four right at the death as a ball went into the box and found the head of skipper Niall Tilsley who powered a header past Squires from close range.

North Ferriby manager Chris Bolder was asked his thoughts after the game. When asked about his overall thoughts Bolder stated, “The 4-0 scoreline flatters Rainworth. We had 30 attempts today and we missed some sitters. On the plus side we are getting in the right positions and we have scored four and kept a clean sheet”.

Bolder was then asked about his sides unbeaten start at the halfway point of the season, “Its a collective effort from everyone in the club. We are only halfway through but it’s a great achievement to get this far unbeaten. We are in a tight title race and will do everything we can to keep this run going as the lads are taking great pride in it”.

The Villagers now sit five points clear of second-place Hallam who won 2-0 at Shirebrook. The Villagers will be happier with the result of third place Brigg Town who fell to their second defeat of the week, losing 2-1 at home to Ollerton.

Report kindly provided by North Ferriby.

North Ferriby: 1. Douglas 2. Dennett 3. Leyland 4. Tarbotton 5. Tilsley 6. Shortland (15. Plummer) 7. Emerton 8. Kirk 9. Forrester (14. Carew) 10. Whiteley 11. Corner (12. Buttle)
Subs not used: 13. Exall 16. Jowett

Rainworth MW: 1. Squires 2. Coupe 3. Wooton 4. J.Smith 5. S.Smith 6. Villums (16. Williams) 7. Boyle 8. Fisher 9. Benger 10. Watts (15. Williamson) 11. Hardman
Subs not used: 12. Hewitt 14. Weston

Referee: T. Beck