Match Report – Liversedge 0 – 0 North Ferriby – 09032024

Northern Premier League – East Division

Liversedge FC 0

North Ferriby FC 0

Liversedge: Jordan Porter (GK), Kwame Boateng, Jeremie Milambo, Simon Heslop, Dan Hartley, Kurt Harris, Alex Wollerton, Alfie Raw, Joe Walton (George Proctor 84′), Jack Dyche (Will Portman 82), Eddie Church (Luke Parkin 67′). Subs not used: Kevy Tarangadzo, Theo Hudson.

North Ferriby: Tom Jackson (GK), Jack Johnson, Harry Wallis (Harry Lovick 45′), Levi Tarbotton, Niall Tilsley, Dom Roma, Danny Earl (Amir Berchil 74′), Joel Shortland, Tom Corner, Josh Whitley, Luke Hinsley (Chris Bolder 57′). Subs not used: Matty Dixon, McCauley Snelgrove.

Referee: Matthew Tyers

Booked: Wollerton (Liversedge) Tarbotton, Whitley (North Ferriby)

Venue: The Leading-Edge Clayborn Stadium

Attendance: 215

Liversedge returned to action following a short break to battle out a point at home against play-off hopefuls North Ferriby, earning their second clean sheet in as many games.

Our visitors got the game underway, and it was apparent early on this would be quite a physical match-up, with neither side able to create a clear-cut chance in the game’s opening minutes. The first chance of the first half came 17 minutes in, with Alex Wollerton intercepting a loose pass from the North Ferriby backline. He managed to win a corner, which he took himself, aiming for Eddie Church but putting too much power on the ball, allowing the visiting team to clear.

The game saw quite a few chances in quick succession following the last one, with returning centre-back Dan Hartley in the starting line-up. He looked long, and his ball found Joe Walton to chest down into Wollerton’s path. After a brief dart towards the outside of the box, Wollerton tested Tom Jackson, forcing a good save from the visiting keeper.

North Ferriby responded quickly with a chance of their own; a flick-on from the visiting team was met by Josh Whitley, who had snuck beyond the Sedge back line. His effort forced Jordan Porter into one of few saves he’d be forced to make during the game, tipping behind for a North Ferriby corner, which came to nothing.

The game started getting a little more physical during this period, with visiting striker Tom Corner looking to have elbowed Hartley while the referee wasn’t looking. This incident is the first of many that were treated very leniently by the officiating team. A few minutes later, Sedge would win a free kick on the edge of North Ferriby’s box, conceded by Danny Earl. Although Sedge couldn’t capitalise on the set piece directly, good play in a tightly compact area did present Kurt Harris, having stayed forward from the free kick, a chance to volley on the edge of the box. His effort wasn’t too far from finding the goal.

Two more chances would fall to Sedge in the first half, with the first being from Church. He’d created room for himself with some skill and aimed just from the left side of the box, curling one with his right foot, but the effort was straight at Jackson in the North Ferriby goal. A Wollerton cross then found Walton towards the edge of the box, though his headed effort flew over the bar in the last chance of the first half, leaving the scores level at halftime.

HALF TIME: Liversedge FC 0-0 North Ferriby FC

After a North Ferriby sub at halftime, seeing Harry Wallis replaced with Harry Lovick, Sedge got the second half underway, and there were more examples quickly of the game’s physical nature. Hartley was being held down towards the halfway line for a short time while Jeremie Milambo was tackled harshly down the left wing, neither offence being given as fouls, with the referee letting a lot go to keep the game flowing.

The first chance of the half was for Sedge and came about instead unconventionally as Wollerton took a corner from the left, which nearly went straight in, though it was just too high and bounced on the roof of the net. Chances from here throughout the rest of the game would be few and far between.

Earl would commit his second notable foul of the afternoon with a late challenge on Hartley in the 56th minute. Surprisingly, the referee kept his cards in his pocket for now. However, the talking to Earl received from the referee did seem to have an impact, as he would be substituted later in the half before potentially being booked. Amir Berchil replaced him. Another North Ferriby sub would see Chris Bolder replace Luke Hinsley.

The game’s first yellow card would arrive in the 64th minute, with Levi Tarbotton fouling Milambo in a similar manner to a challenge the Sedge left back had earlier been subjected to. This time, the referee reached for the yellow card and was awarded a free kick, which Sedge nearly took advantage of as the ball into the box almost fell kindly onto Walton’s head. North Ferriby keeper Jackson had claimed it just before Walton could make contact.

Sedge made their first game change, trying to break the deadlock by bringing on Luke Parkin, who replaced Church. However, North Ferriby would see the game’s next chance, with Whitley finding space to shoot from range in his side’s first chance of the second half. His effort was fired well over the bar, not troubling Porter in the Liversedge goal.

The game then became a midfield battle, with neither side able to create chances to score for a while. Liversedge again turned to the bench, bringing on Will Portman and George Proctor for Jack Dyche and Walton in the latter stages of the game. As the game entered the final 10 minutes, Wollerton would pick up Sedge’s only yellow card of the afternoon.

Tilsley had the last chance for North Ferriby, with an effort high and wide following a free kick for the visitors, and Sedge substitute Parkin had an effort from range. However, he, too, shot wide, and the game looked to be ending without much drama as Whitley received the third and final yellow card of the game.

Right at the end of the game, Wollerton managed to get in front of a North Ferriby defender, but he was brought down to the penalty area. Barely a second later, the referee had blown for full-time, and the game was over. Though there was a protest from the Sedge players and many of the 215 in attendance, there was nothing more to be done. Both sides had ground out a hard-fought point in a very physical encounter.

FULL TIME: Liversedge FC 0-0 North Ferriby FC

Cam Cromack

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