NORTH FERRIBY UNITED 1 BOSTON UNITED 1: Newsham nets again, but late leveller forces FA Trophy replay

Marc Newsham.
Marc Newsham.

Marc Newsham netted his second goal in as many matches as Boston United earned a draw at North Ferriby in the FA Trophy.

The striker continued to put his injury frustrations behind him with a second-half header in a match that may have been low on chances but still had plenty of talking points.

As well as Newsham’s finish, captain Scott Garner saw a penalty saved while Ferriby’s Danny Hone saw red for a foul on Mark Jones in the build-up.

However, the 10-men of Ferriby earned a replay thanks to Ryan Kendall’s 89th minute leveller.

Dennis Greene made three changes to the side which drew 1-1 with Brackley the previous week.

Garner, Greg Tempest and Newsham returned to the starting XI, with David Fallah and Michael Hollingsworth dropping to the bench while an outing for Goole in an earlier round left Zeph Thomas cup tied.

The Villagers’ squad includes former Pilgrims Jamie Yates and the injured Matt Wilson.

Ferriby exerted the early pressure and Yates’ free kick was almost turned into his own net by Rene Steer, but the Pilgrims somehow hacked the ball off the goalline with keeper Joel Dixon beaten.

Some neat interplay allowed Liam King to waltz into the penalty area, but the Villagers striker flapped at his chance and his effort bobbled wide of the mark.

Some more frantic defending saw United clear the danger yet again as King’s srike was diverted onto the post by Zak Mills’ block, before the superb Carl Piergianni hacked clear.

The away side’s first sight of goal arrived in the 25th minute, but Mark Jones’s effort was blocked and, moments later, Tempest saw a 25-yard effort sail well over the bar.

The imposing figure of Tom Denton was causing the Pilgrims concern at both ends.

Not only was the giant target man giving Piergianni the toughest aerial battle he’ll probably encounter this season but he was also used wisely in defence to repel Boston’s dead balls and long throws.

The Pilgrims had to wait until the 51st minute for their first corner.

But after Tempest’s delivery caused havoc in the Ferriby box Piergianni’s prodded effort looked goalbound until Danny Hone’s desperate clearance.

As the hosts went in search of the game’s first goal Joel Dixon saved comfortably from Nathan Jarman before the woodwork kept the Pilgrims level, Yates’ free kick rattling the Boston bar with Dixon beaten.

Newsham put the Pilgrims in front with 67 minutes on the clock, heading beyond Adam Nicklin to register his second goal in as many games.

But credit belongs to Jones, his persistence seeing him dispossess Yates before charging down on goal and playing in the telling cross.

Jones’ endeavours earned the Pilgrims a penalty with 13 minutes remaining and, as Hone felled the striker, he received his marching orders.

However, Garner’s powerful strike was superbly tipped onto the crossbar by Nicklin.

With a minute remaining Kendall was afforded time to control and turn in the Boston area, smashing his low strike beyond Joel Dixon.

Into stoppage time Jarman tried his luck but his strike went wide of the Boston post.

As the final whistle blew, United may have been left rueing that penalty kick, but the Pilgrims stretched their unbeaten run to eight matches.

Tuesday’s replay will see the winners take their place in the Trophy’s seconbd round, plus the £5,000 winners’ purse.

FERRIBY: Nicklin, Yates (Anderson 80), Wilde, King, Gray, Hone, Bolder (Kendall 75), D’Laryea (Fry 80), Denton, Jarman, St Jude; Subs (not used): Nicholson, Peat.

UNITED: J. Dixon, Mills, Steer, K. Dixon, Garner, Pierianni, Marrs, Tempest (Hollingsworth 80), Newsham, Jones, Felix; Subs (not used): McGhee, Vince, Fallah, Hollingsworth, Price.

Ref: Michael Salisbury.