THE MATCH: Boston United 0 North Ferriby United 1

Matt Gledhill.
Matt Gledhill.

Duncan Browne takes a look at today’s match from the Vanarama North...

MATCH RESULT: Boston United 0 North Ferriby United 1 (Mills OG 19,)

WHAT WE EXPECTED: A fiery early-season battle between two sides with real hopes of finishing in the top five. United won this fixture 2-0 back in April, delivering a hammer blow to Ferriby’s hopes of winning the title. The Villagers’ Danny Hone saw red in that contest, and he - along with his teammates - will be out for revenge.

WHAT WE GOT: A close contest with few chances for either team. Indeed, neither side could take their opportunities, with Zak Mills’ own goal proving the difference.

MAGIC MOMENT: For United, a first-half run and strike from Dayle Southwell was the stand-out moment, but a great save from Adam Nicklin kept a deserved clean sheet.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Danny Meadows was the hosts’ stand-out man. The defence stood firm under the threat of big Tom Denton, but the midfielder excelled.

GOAL OF THE GAME: Well, there was only one so poor Zak Mills takes the unfortunate accolade home with him.

ONE TO WATCH: Ferriby’s Danny Emerton pulled the strings for the visitors. The right winger had the pace and guile to beat a man and the ability to whip in a dangerous cross.

REF WATCH: There’s no real polite way to say it, Declan Ford was awful. Admittedly, his assistants didn’t give him much support, but so many decisions were just ridiculously wrong. Failing to miss a ball travel a yard out of play is one thing, but when Conor Marshall boots the ball 45 yards beyond his own keeper and a goal kick is given then it’s time to hide your face in the palm of your hand. Terrible, but equally as terrible for both teams.

RATINGS: UNITED: Gledhill 7, Mills 6, Steer 6, Marshall 6 (Fallah 59, 6), Garner 7, Piergianni 7, Doran 7 (Galinski 85, 5), Hollingsworth 6, Southwell 6, McGhee 6 (Felix 59, 7), Meadows 8; Subs (not used): Reynolds, Vince.