It’s happened. It’s finally happened. Ferriby have got their season up and running with a very good win away in the northeast at Blyth Spartans, winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from new signing Akeel Francis.
Ferriby started with 3 strikers on the pitch in Joel Ambalu, Joe Pugh and the goal scorer Francis – it’s therefore clear what Steve Housham’s tactics were! Ferriby arguably had the best chance of the first half, with a free kick from Steve Brogan from 20 yards out being saved by Peter Jameson. After this effort, Blyth began to take hold of the game. Midfielder Dale Hopson curved a brilliant effort into the side netting before Ross Durrant saved Ferriby once again with a fine save from Jordan Watson.
It was however Ferriby who ended the half strongly; with Akeel Francis wasting another good chance for the Villagers, directing his header wide instead of towards goal. Moments later, Joel Ambalu had a cross/shot cleared off the line by Nathan Buddle.
Half time: Blyth Spartans 0-0 North Ferriby United.
Minutes after the half time break, Akeel Francis found himself through on goal one on one with Jameson, but Francis blasted the ball over the bar. What a chance wasted. After a few good chances from Lewis Horner and Ryan Hutchinson were denied by a resolute Ferriby defence, Ferriby finally broke the deadlock to take the lead.
After a brilliant run and cross from Joe Pugh, the ball found its way to Francis, who turned the ball in from 6 yards. Ferriby’s first goal of the season! Scenes! Pugh then missed a sitter almost straight away, which would’ve put the game to bed!
The Blyth onslaught then started. The home side were denied a penalty when Jordon Cooke bundled over Adam Wrightson right under the referees nose – luckily for the young centre half, nothing was given. Ferriby managed to hold out for the rest of the game and came away from Northumberland with the precious 3 points.
Full Time: Blyth Spartans 0-1 North Ferriby United!!!!
Steve Housham will be delighted, and I personally am delighted for him. His passion and commitment to this club is second to none, and works his fingers to the bone to make the side the best it can be, and to finally not only get a win, but to get a performance from his players. It’s about time he got one.
Housham’s side welcome high flying Darlington to the Eon Visual Media Stadium next Saturday, where they will be looking to build on this performance. You never know, we might win 2 games on the bounce!