Sorry guys late entry ( does anyone read this anyway ? ) It was an early start Saturday to meet Calvin and Gordon Johnson ( hes a referee you know and an accessor too ) at Euxton for the long journey to Farnborough. A proper cold wintery but sunny day ideal for Football ,no sign of the predicted bad weather thankfully.Turns out Gordons a bit OCD like me all the games hes officiated a listed with a programme or teamsheet from each, We have not swapped lists but ive seen him ref Bert Trautmans recent testimonial at Prescott Cables and with both of us over 300 grounds theres probably more.Hes a decent fella and a good laugh for a Wigan fan hes well known in the refs circles and conventions also the P.F .A hey Gordon : ) its nice to have a referees opinion at a game . Farnborougn dominated the 1st 15 minutes of this playing some neat football creating a couple of chances that fell to LouieTheophanous but step forward Adam Nicklin ferribys outstanding keeper who thwarted him both times. He proceeded to keep Farnborough ot all game we had Adam down as our Man Of the Matcb and having seen him now 4 times hes not put a foot wrong or should i say glove. Hes been instrumental in the Villagers cup run making crucial saves in every game. But this isnt a one man show the team as a whole are well drilled and work hard for each other. Theres no Superstars in this team just honest grafters who ive said before give them a lead and something to huld on to and they will to a man.Big and Brutal was Farnboroughs managers description Big yes Brutal no only in the way they will punish you if you drop your gaurd. Which is what Farnborough duly did, for all their early endevours they conceded on 19 minutes what id call a typical Ferriby goal. Tom Denton scoring a header at the near post from a Fry cross.Farnborough responded but Nicklin made a fine save to deny the captain LLoyd Foot from 6 yards out . Again Ferriby punnished farnboroughs wasted chance when Denton Flicked on a Fry corner at the near post to Ryan Kendall who headed in at the far 2 nil Ferriby and i ask the question have Farnborough really done their homework? The 2nd half was really controlled by Ferriby who i think limited Farnborogh to just one shot of note, The home side then decided to copy Ferriby and go more direct this im afraid is meat and drink to the villagers and manfully closed the game out with a mixture of experiance and fine tactics stifilling the mid field won Ferriby through , I have to say Ferriby have a touch of Calvins Everton Joe Royle era Dogs of War. With me being late with this the draw has been made for round 4 and we / North Ferriby are at home to Ebbsfleet of Kent or Braintree of Essex, I say we because you cant help feeling part of it having watched the villagers progress in this competition. ill update you as to who wins the Braintree replay to see who our next opponents are see you later olly.
Farnborough v North Ferriby Utd Fa Trophy 3rd Rnd Att 391 ( Show of Strength )