North Ferriby UnitedSpennymoor
0 - 2Full Time
Superb individual goals from Andrew Johnson and Mark Anderson sealed victory over North Ferriby United in Moors’ final pre-season game ahead of their clash with Chester next weekend.
Johnson, in typical trademark fashion, curled in a fantastic opener shortly before the interval, earning a half-time advantage in the process.
A confident North Ferriby, who Spennymoor thrashed 0-6 on the same ground last season, more than held their own in the first half, but were soon out of the contest courtesy of another fantastic effort.
This time it was the right foot of Anderson, who, after Glen Taylor was fouled on the edge of the area, stepped up and bent a first class shot past a helpless Lewis Exall.
With Jason Ainsley once again absent in the dugout, Tommy Miller took charge of a strong Moors side featuring Jake Hibbs at right back, forcing Callum Williams to play in an unfamiliar left-back role.
It was the home side, who were relegated from the National League North last season, who began the brightest, with Jamie Forrester and the hot tempered James Nichols testing an alert Matt Gould.
Nichols, Ferriby’s lone striker, who was eventally taken off shortly before the interval, was the centre of a number of scuffles during a highly competitive first half.
Both side’s exchanged half chances as a balanced game progressed towards its half way point, but it was a moment of genuine class which put to bed any chance of a goalless scoreline.
As often is the case, that moment of brilliance arrived from the deadly right boot of Johnson, sweeping a dipping and curling shot past the flairing arm of Exall.
The lead was almost doubled straight from the restart when Taylor, clearly inspired by his teammates long range effort, tested Exall from distance with a cleanly struck drive.
Spennymoor’s number nine was denied again by an inspired Ferriby goalkeeper, who impressed at The Brewery Field in April, when his first time volley was palmed away.
The second half was a more one-sided affair, with Moors asserting their dominance from the early stages, and it was game over when the magical Anderson floated in a memorable free-kick.
With the Evo-Stik side now up against it, Moors ran the show from the moment the ball hit the back of the net to put the game out of sight.
Both managers used the remaining 30 minutes, which were fairly uneventful in terms of chances, to make changes and give players a run out.
David Foley, who was a constant threat, came close late on with a thumping shot late on, but Exall was equal to it.
Moors begin their National League North campaign at Chester next Saturday, before entertaining Darlington the following Tuesday.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|North Ferriby United||0||0||0||Loss|