Tuesday 2nd September 2003
Northern Premier League First Division
North Ferriby United: Sharp, Moore, Gowen, Fisher, Dewhurst, Botham D., Hartley, Wood, Elliott, Richards, Botham G. Subs: Wainman, Sheldon, Sewell
Hyde United: Mark Westhead, Steven Clegg, Tony Watts (Lee Prior), Paul Jones, Anthony Kielthy, John O'Kane, Greg Challender (Craig Buckley), Phil Salt, Neil Tolson, Tony Ellis (Anthony Wright), Matty McNeil
This was a dire performance from the Tigers and I suppose we should be thankful we wern't playing the whole of Ferriby!
In an idyllic setting of allotments, views over the estuary, extremely large houses and the Humber Bridge in the background, Hyde failed to reflect the surroundings with things going wrong from the very first kick. Tony Watts had a nightmare, mis-kicking three times and was probably relieved to pick up an injury and be substituted on 20 minutes. Lee Prior replaced him and was promptly booked for his first kick, as he missed the ball. That basically summed up the abject Tigers. They could not control the ball or pass it to a blue. The playing surface wasn't brilliant, but Ferriby seemed to cope okay.
By this time, North Ferriby had already taken the lead on 15 minutes through Craig Elliot after the defence had failed to deal with a bouncing ball. Debutant Mark Westhead had no chance.
For the rest of the game, the Tigers huffed and puffed and for a spell in the second half exerted some pressure. They failed to capitalise on some half chances and it was all over on 81 minutes as Jamie Richards added a second. Again Westhead had no chance.
North Ferriby worked hard and showed plenty of spirit. You would expect nothing else with two Bothams in the team, but these are matches we should be winning, but on this performance we were so far off the pace, it was unreal.
Matty McNeil was the best player, whilst Anthony Wright showed some great touches in the last half hour and came closest to scoring. As for everybody else...well let's just say they all had off days. They have to bounce back at Matlock or else....