Ferriby headed to Alfreton tonight desperate for a positive result to kick start their season. Revenge was also on the cards after Alfreton knocked Ferriby out of the FA Trophy last season. Steve Housham did have a new signing, Akeel Francis to call upon up front to try and find a desperately needed goal. Their other new signing Luke Foster a centre back didn’t feature tonight but will be a welcome addition to the squad.
Both sides made a lively start to the game with chances at either end. Alfreton had an early penalty appeal turned down before Jordon Cooke almost set up Russell Fry but his pass was intercepted at the last moment.
Alfreton began to assert themselves on the game and Ross Durrant had to be on hand to deny them on a couple of occasions in quick succession. Ferriby were hanging in there though and created some chances of their own. Akeel Francis had made a good start to the game and he almost set up Danny Emerton but he drove his shot over the bar.
This marked the start of a period of pressure for Ferriby. Stephen Brogan fired a shot wide before Danny Emerton darted down the wing and crossed into the box but it was well defended by the home side. The Alfreton defence were on their game and Joe Pugh was the next to be denied by them at the last second when he looked to be through on goal.
Ross Durrant had to make another smart save before half time to keep the scores level but it had been a much improved half from Steve Housham’s side.
HT Alfreton 0-0 North Ferriby United
The home side came out of the blocks firing at the start of the second half and the ever impressive Durrant had to be on hand to make three smart saves in the first few minutes. If it wasn’t for him our goal difference would be even worse!
Joel Ambalu replaced Francis who had made a decent impression on his debut and almost scored straight away. He hit a shot goalwards but it found the side netting much to his frustration as he looks for his first Ferriby league goal.
The game was won in the 70th minute. Adam Smith floated a cross into the box and Billy Priestley flicked a header into the net from close range to give the home side the lead. This was a hammer blow for Ferriby who had played much better up until that point but once again couldn’t find a goal.
Ferriby didn’t let their heads drop and tried to find an equaliser. Russ Fry had a shot saved before Jake Skelton had a volley blocked. Alfreton were panicking and Ferriby almost capitalised. Alberto had a header saved and the ball fell to Ambalu who saw his shot cleared for a corner.
Despite the Ferriby pressure the home side held on for the win.
FT Alfreton 1-0 North Ferriby United
So it’s been another frustrating evening for Ferriby. Despite their much-improved performance they still couldn’t find a goal and it’s another defeat notched up by Steve Housham’s side. They now travel to Blyth on Saturday still desperately looking for their first points of the season.
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