Ferriby move nine points clear at top
NORTH Ferriby moved nine points clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division after a 2-0 win over second-placed Ashton United.
In a contest that pitted two teams known for playing a crisp, passing game and attacking at pace, Ferriby had the first chance when Anthony Wilson's flick sent strike partner Ryan Kendall through on goal, but Ashton keeper Paul Phillips blocked the top scorer's shot at close quarters.
However, the danger was not cleared by the home defence, and another Wilson flick-on forced Phillips into another close-range stop from Liam King.
King and Kendall combined to put Billy Heath's men ahead, the latter latching onto the former's long ball, and this time making no mistake one-on-one with Phillips, lifting the ball over the grounded custodian.
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This shocked the home side into life, and they soon began to show the attacking fire that has lifted them to second.
A looping through-ball from Matty Burke picked out Scott Hogan wide right, and the winger burst in the box and took aim but Adam Nicklin in the Ferriby goal pushed his effort away.
Tom Baker then came close to levelling when his stinging 30-yard volley flashed just wide of the far post.
Ashton began the second half with the same attacking hunger they had ended the first, prompting Heath to introduce Russell Fry in place of Wilson, hoping to pack out the middle of the park.
While Ashton had the majority of possession, they got little change out of the Ferriby midfield or backline.
Thomas Moore ran on to Burke's lay-off and let fly soon after the interval, but Gregg Anderson slid expertly onto the shot to divert it out for a corner, from which Moore headed wide.
Moore's head nearly restored parity soon afterwards, but Nicklin was equal to the effort from Stephen Johnson's cross.
Ashton made a triple substitution as the game entered its final 10 minutes, and one of the three fresh men, Astley Mulholland, sent a snapshot narrowly wide of the far post.
Having weathered heavy Ashton pressure, Ferriby had the last word.
With a minute of normal time to play, Danny Clarke swept the ball inside to King in the box, and the midfielder floated a textbook lob over the stranded Phillips and into the bottom corner, another late strike to add to his dramatic stoppage-time winner at Chorley the previous week.
Ferriby face another stern test of their championship credentials when they welcome Hednesford, presently fourth but with three games in hand on those above them, to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium next Saturday.
Ferriby: Adam Nicklin, Dean Lisles, Nathan Peat, Liam King, Gregg Anderson, Steve Ridley, Danny Clarke, Chris Bolder (c), Anthony Wilson (Russell Fry, 56), Ryan Kendall (Jack Muldoon, 90), Ben Hunter (Ryan Williams, 74) Subs not used: Mark Gray, Antoni Pecora.