Worsborough Bridge 0-2 North Ferriby

An impressive performance from North Ferriby resulted in a 2-0 victory over Worsbrough Bridge. A penalty from Danny East and a first Ferriby goal for Rich Medcalf gave the Villagers all three points.

Chris Bolder made two changes from last week’s victory over Dronfield. Joel Shortland came in for Adam Bolder and Danny Emerton replaced Danny Buttle.

The Villagers started bright and had the majority of the possession early on. The first chance of the game fell to Danny East who saw his chipped effort saved by Worsbrough goalkeeper Ross Pritchard.

It was Josh Whiteley’s turn to get in the thick of the action. First, he went on a run to get himself past the Worsbrough defence, but his cross evaded all those in the box. Secondly, Whiteley was the recipient of great work from Levi Tarbotton who did well to set the Ferriby attacker free. Whiteley’s shot was deflected and well saved by Pritchard. Whiteley was involved again, great work from the Villagers, who were playing some brilliant football, allowed Danny East to cross the ball into the box but a backpedalling Josh Whiteley couldn’t keep his header down.

The Villagers were awarded the chance to break the deadlock as Josh Whiteley was fouled in the area. Whiteley looked to get on the end of a ball played into the box, but before the attacker could get to the ball, he was fouled on the left-hand side of the box. Up stepped Danny East who calmly placed the ball past Pritchard to put Bolder’s side ahead.

The Villagers doubled their lead thanks to Rich Medcalf’s first goal for the club. A long ball over the top was misjudged by the Worsbrough backline and this allowed Medcalf to advance on goal. The experienced striker calmly fired home at the front post to all but assure the Villagers of victory.

The hosts had the chance to make it a nervy last few moments for Ferriby. Danny East was penalised for pulling a Worsbrough attacker. Conor Glavin stepped up for the home side, but Jordan Douglas dived the right way and made the save down low. The ball was still alive in the Ferriby box. The hosts did put the ball in the Ferriby net but a foul in the build-up ruled the goal out, meaning it would be back-to-back clean sheets for Chris Bolder’s league-best defence.

North Ferriby Manager Chris Bolder summed up his thoughts of the game, “It’s a difficult place to come, we played some fantastic stuff at times, and we were aggressive with our play. First half going up the hill we did everything but score. We had enough chances to put the game beyond them in the first half, if it doesn’t go in you need to pick up where you left off second half.

Bolder was asked about returning midfielder Joel Shortland’s impact on the game, “It’s great to see Joel back, we have been patient with Joel, on pitches like this, Joel loves that side of the game. He and Louis Kirk were outstanding in the middle of the pitch and picked up everything”.

North Ferriby: 1)Douglas, 2) Tarbotton 3) Start 4) Shortland 5) Tilsley 6) Donald 7) Emerton 8) Kirk 9) Corner (Medcalf) 10) East 11) Whiteley
Subs not used – Exall, Forrester, Dennett, Buttle

Report kindly provided by North Ferriby