NORTH FERRIBY 2 BOSTON UNITED 0: Villagers inflict more woe upon Pilgrims

Dennis Greene.
Dennis Greene.

Boston United’s miserable run against North Ferriby continued with a 2-0 defeat at Grange Lane.

Prior to kick off the Pilgrims had lost two and drawn one against their Vanarama North opponents already this season.

And as the final whistle blew, the Villagers made it a hat-trick of victories.

Missed chances frustrated Boston in their two recent FA Trophy clashes against Ferriby, and once again it was the same old story.

Following Boxing Day’s 5-3 victory over Lowestoft Town, manager Dennis Greene made three changes to the starting XI.

Greg Tempest and Kyle Dixon were both unavailable, returning to Notts County after their loan spells came to an end.

Kaine Felix dropped to the bench as Marc Newsham, Michael Hollingsworth and Conor Marshall returned to the starting line-up.

After soaking up some early prressure, Boston had the first real strike at goal, but Mark Jones’ effort was powered the wrong side of the post.

Ferriby should have taken the lead when Jason St Juste was put clear on goal, but after skipping beyond Liam Marrs he wasted too much time trying to get his shot off and Scott Garner slid in to make the recovering tackle.

The hosts did take the lead in the 16th minute through Mark Gray.

After Louis Bruce’s long throw was cleared, Adam Bolder’s treasing cross was met by the central defender, giving Joel Dixon no chance of saving the powerful header.

That goal appeared to take the sting out of the contest, with Ferriby happy to deal with United’s attempts to work the ball into attacking areas.

Gray had a second headed opportunity towards the end of the half, but this time he couldn’t hgit the target.

At the break United made two changes, replacing Marshall and Newsham with Jamie McGhee and Felix.

And McGhee made an instant impact, seeing his low drive deflected narrowly off target.

From the resultant corner, Garner was gifted a gilt-edged chance.

But he opted for precision over power and Adam Nicklin comfortably smothered his side-footed effort.

United were within a whisker of levelling when Garner intercepted Bruce’s weak back pass, but after rounding Nicklin his effort nestled in the side netting.

Another direct run from McGhee caused some panic in the Ferriby box and Bruce’s interception looked destined for the defender’s own net until Nicklin again made another important block.

And with five minutes to go, those missed chances came back to haunt Boston as Liam King burst through before dinking his effort over Dixon and doubling the home side’s lead.

In stoppage time Nathan Jarman almost added a third, but Dixon got down well to tip his strike away from danger.

FERRIBY: Nicklin, Bruce (Peat 81), Wilde, King, Anderson, Gray, Bolder (D’Laryea 79), Fry, Denton, Kendall (Jarman 73), St Juste; Subs (not used): Nicholson, Taylor.

UNITED: Dixon, Marrs, Steer, Marshall (Felix HT), Garner, Piergianni, Mills, Hollingsworth (Price 86), Southwell, Jones, Newsham (McGhee HT); Subs (not used): Vince, Saebe.

Ref: Sam Purkiss.

Att: 389.