Match report Vs North Ferriby UtdVenue: Grange LaneDate: 21-04-18Att: 331 (away fans: 100)

21-04-18 - Report - North Ferriby Utd 1 Harriers 3

Harriers confirmed in fourth place after winning at North Ferriby

Report: Phil Lench

The Harriers confirmed their fourth place in the league today with this win at relegated North Ferriby Utd and that place will guarantee us a home tie in the first round. With a few players rested we can thank George Waring, Joe Ironside and Lee Vaughan for the goals that gave us a 3-0 lead with Ferriby gaining a consolation goal late on.

Brandon Hall, Elton N’Gwatala, Sam Austin and Manny Sonupè were the one’s rested with all but Hall going to the bench. Nathan Vaughan replaced Brandon while Waring, Joel Taylor and Andre Brown replaced the other three.

The game started very slowly with very little happening from a Harriers point of view. The hosts tried their luck early on with a few sights of goal but without really troubling our defence or keeper although they were forced into a change with only seven minutes of the game gone after Paul Robson went off injured. Four minutes later we had the first clear chance of a goal when Ryan Croasdale struck a volley that was goalbound until Ironside inadvertently got in the way of it and the chance was gone.

It mattered not because six minutes later we had taken the lead against the run of play. A James McQuilkin corner came over that James O’Connor headed goalwards and there was Waring at the far post to tap it home.

Not long after we went two up and we looked to be home and dry. No way could such a poor side as North Ferriby come back from this but to be fair they made a good fist of it. The goal came through top scorer Ironside with his twenty third of the season after he had already gone close with an off target volley but made no mistake with his second chance when Lee Vaughan supplied him with the ball to convert easily.

At the same time that he was scoring Fraser Horsfall had gone down injured when he fell badly and had to leave the field in exchange for Kennedy Digie. He was later seen walking it off and appeared to be ok. Hopefully.

Ferriby responded with a chance for James Forrester that went just wide while for us Andre Brown forced their keeper Ross Durrant into a spectacular save to stop his hot from going in. Our last chance of the half came the way of Croasdale when he, again, forced the keeper into saving well from his goalbound shot.  

HT: 0 – 2

With that lead we took our feet off the gas in the second half but still increased our lead anyway. The home side tried to take advantage of our tactics but ultimately weren’t good enough although they did force Nathan Vaughan into an excellent save early doors when substitute Ben Clappison tried to fire home from a corner but Vaughan got down well to the ball and kept it out.

Ironside had the ball in the net soon after but it was ruled out for offside but that was made up for  soon after when Lee Vaughan struck his second goal of the season with a snap volley that easily beat the keeper and gave us an even more un-assailable lead. Or so we thought.

Declan Weeks tried a speculative shot from distance that went into the side netting and then the ‘Villagers’ pulled a consolation goal back. Jack Mail saw his chance at the far post as slack defending let him in to head the ball home in off the upright. Luke Lofts should have gained a second consolation goal for his team minutes later when his powerful shot cannoned off the top of the crossbar with Nathan Vaughan rooted to the spot.

That was it then and the game drifted to an end with just two more attempts on goal for the Reds through George Waring when he tried to lob the keeper but put the ball over and then for Weeks who fired straight at the keeper after Brown had made all the running to glide past three defenders before supplying him with the ball.

We now have just Bradford Park Avenue to contend with at Aggborough next Saturday and they could also be returning there a week later with them as our possible seventh placed play off opponents. That could all change with Spennymoor, York City and Chorley all still with a chance of finishing in seventh place so it’s going to be an interesting week to see who we will face.

FT: 1 – 3

Goal for North Ferriby Utd: Mail 76

Goals for Harriers: Waring 17, Ironside 25, L Vaughan 62

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North Ferriby Utd Goals Subs Time Cards
Robson   7  
Harrison   70  
Nicholls   60  
Walker   60  
Clappison   7  
Smith   70  
Harriers Goals Subs Time Cards
N Vaughan        
L Vaughan      
Croasdale   67  
Horsfall   27  
McQuilkin   70  
A Brown        
Digie   27  
Austin   67  
Truslove   70  
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