With relegation already confirmed Ferriby had nothing to lose going into today’s game with promotion chasing Aldershot. Steve Housham told his players to go out and enjoy their final home game in the National League this season and a win would have been a great way to sign off but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.
From the first whistle Aldershot looked like a top quality side and played some excellent football. Ferriby coped with them fairly well early on as the start to the game was pretty even. Ferriby had a couple of half chances and Connor Oliver almost scored a free kick but it was deflected behind for a corner.
Ferriby had started well but Aldershot soon got a foothold in the game and almost scored midway through the first half. The ball was dinked over Owen Evans who had come out of his goal but Mark Gray was on hand to volley the ball clear and onto the railway line behind the stand. Despite this last ditch defending Aldershot weren’t to be denied for long as Bernard Mensah rose unchallenged to head home a cross to open the scoring.
This was the final major incident of the first half as Ferriby tried to push for an equaliser but couldn’t create any clear-cut chances.
HT North Ferriby United 0-1 Aldershot Town
The opening period of the second half was end to end with both sides having good spells. Ferriby were left furious close to the hour mark when they were denied what looked like a clear penalty. The ball appeared to strike the arm of an Aldershot defender and he didn’t try to move his arm away but the referee waved away the Ferriby player’s and supporter’s protests.
This would prove to be a turning point as soon after this Aldershot doubled their lead. Mensah scored his second goal of the game as a cross from the left was knocked down to the big striker who picked his spot and fired home.
After the 2nd goal the away side were full of confidence and almost scored a third goal soon after the second when they struck the post. Ferriby refused to lay down and die though as they went up the other end and hit the post themselves. Ryan Fallowfield sent in a brilliant cross and Robbie Tinkler met it with a powerful header that crashed off the post and away. Connor Oliver was then denied by a brilliant save when he hit a powerful volley that was heading in if not for the keeper’s efforts.
Aldershot punished Ferriby once again for their missed chances as they scored their third goal late on. It was another powerful header this time by Scott Rendell which put the gloss on a fine away performance by The Shots who may well be the team to beat in the playoffs. Ferriby kept going until the end but couldn’t find a goal their performance deserved.
FT North Ferriby United 0-3 Aldershot Town
The Ferriby players were given a great reception as they did a lap of honour at the final whistle. They have been relegated but they have put up a great fight this season and the fans certainly appreciate that. The Villagers finish their National League adventure next Saturday when they travel to the South Coast to face Torquay United.