Report: North Ferriby 4-0 Colls

Atherton Collieries bowed out of this season's FA Trophy at the first hurdle with a chastening defeat at North Ferriby. Credit must go first & foremost to the hosts. The 2015 Champions are bouncing back up the divisions with vigor since their 2019 reformation, and are currently mounting a firm promotion push to join the Northern Premier Division next season. Ferriby were ultimately of great value for their reputation, with a great performance and fantastic hospitality to boot. However, for some part their victory was made all too easy by an out-of-sorts Collieries performance. Proceedings were off to the worst of starts, as the ball took a rogue deflection following some penalty area pinball to gift the Villagers the lead. The Colls were fired up in response. With their next attack, the Stripes were unlucky not to score as a looping header beat the keeper to hit the crossbar, before Jordan Scanlon was unlucky with a long distance wide effort coming narrowly wide through a disjointed defence. However, as pleasing as the attacking play was on the eye, North Ferriby doubled their lead all too easily. A simple low cross into the box wasn't contended by the defence, with Danny Earl collecting and converting with ease. Again, the Colls responded with vigor. Joe Adams and Jordan Scanlon produced the nicest play of the game with some neat interchanging football before Adams placed a perfect cross across the box to Lewis Mansell. Though the Stripes number 10 won his header at the near post, there was nobody on hand in the six yard box to convert, an agonizing missed opportunity. The second half was ultimately a carbon copy of the first. Four minutes after the opening whistle, a third goal was notched by the Villagers. An unchallenged cross into the box was converted by Danny Earl. North Ferriby switched on the experience with their fourth and final goal. Substitutes Danny Clarke and Adam Bolder, a combined total of 81 years of age, produced a beautiful passage of play, with a perfect lofted pass from Clarke finding Bolder in the six yard box for a powerful finish. It was a long day at the office for those in Black & White, though supporters can rest assured in the fact that the players & coaching staff are fighting tooth and claw to make amends. The Stripes return to Yorkshire on Tuesday night to face Guiseley, and your support is beyond appreciated by everybody at the club. Colls: Nico Defreitas-Hansen, Josh Solomon-Davies, Josh Askew, Dylan Moonan (23' Harvey Gregson), Jordan Fagbola ©, Jack Evans, Joe Adams, Sidi Fofana (56' Lewis Coulton), Lewis Mansell (57' Nathan Caine), Jordan Scanlon, Oli Patrick - Subs (unused): Jordan Boon, Jack Buckley & Ben Rydel Man of the Match: Josh Solomon-Davies, sponsored by Neptune Wealth Management

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