Before today’s game Steve Housham and his team knew that anything other than a win would probably result in Good Friday actually being a very bad Friday for Ferriby as they would have been relegated. As they have done on so many occasions this season though The Villagers stepped up to the plate and produced a fine display which resulted in another defiant win which keeps their survival hopes mathematically alive.
The first half was very impressive from Ferriby. They controlled the midfield far better than they did last week with man of the match Connor Oliver putting in a much improved performance compared to last week. Ferriby went close to open the scoring through Mark Gray and Matty Dixon before they did take the lead in the 22nd minute. Eastleigh’s Gavin Hoyte and goalkeeper Graham Stack had a moment they will want to forget and Robbie Tinkler nipped in to prod the ball home as they dithered. It was a lead Ferriby deserved but the visitors almost equalised soon after. There was an almighty scramble in the Ferriby box as three shots were cleared by defenders throwing themselves at the ball. That sort of spirit will have delighted Steve Housham.
Eastleigh had appeared to be on the beach in the first half as may be expected at this stage of the season. In the second half though they were slightly better but that didn’t stop the game becoming scrappy as Ferriby’s intensity dropped slightly. They didn’t seem to be in much danger though until the 77th minute. Ross Stearn hit a shot from the edge of the area that was too powerful to give Owen Evans a chance in the Ferriby goal. He could only watch it sail into the bottom corner. As it stood Ferriby were relegated, a draw wouldn’t be enough. Step forward Reece Thompson…
As explained in this week’s FanaticHull (issue 11) Reece Thompson is a player Ferriby will be keen to keep hold of as he has now won them 6 games by the odd goal this season. He popped up right at the end of the game to win it for Ferriby. It wasn’t all down to him though it was a good team move as Ryan Fallowfield found Sam Topliss who crossed for Thompson. Thompson controlled the pass and fired home the winning goal to the delight of the Ferriby supporters.
After their 12th win of the season Ferriby are 9 points from safety with 9 to play for. With a poor goal difference Ferriby are almost certain to go down but today was another defiant display from a side written off by everyone all season.