North Ferriby Utd 1 v Ebbsfleet Utd 0 Fa Trophy Q/F Att 610 ( Pretty Green )

8 oclock start for me to get to Buckshaw Parkway Bus replacement from Bolton Engineering Works,im meeting Calvin and his dad Richard.No Gordon Johnson today or Jamie Lowe the latter suffering a dose of man flu Jamie would of loved this evenly matched contest the longer it remained Nil Nil his jokes about midweek trips to Kent would of been endless.Calvin negotiated the easy task of the M62 to arrive in Ferriby for 1:30 wed left Euxton about 11.30. Our intentions was to rub shoulders with John Rudkin and the rest of the Villagers in their clubhouse,and for me to give Ferribys Manager the rundown on Ebbsfleet who id seen last week at Gosport Borough.Hed already done his homework and had Adam Cunnington and Danny Kedwell on his Radar.He thanked us and headed off to prepare his team for the task ahead.We had a good chat with John and the gang and also had time for Pie n Chips in replacement for Jamie Lowes Sausage Rolls.We decided to sit this time with Richeys dodgy Knee from his Playing career and witneesed the warm ups Richey had the more youthfull Ebbsfleet as his pre match favourites. Me i have to say having witnessed Ebbsfleet last week have this as a Draw my reasoning both teams have similar styles of play albeit Ferriby are more direct i cant seperate them,add also the laws surrounding Lucky Al.With a 2 legged Semi Final coming up this is the last chance of a replay and being such a distance to tackle midweek it had a touch of certaintiy about it .So much so  id already Researched train times from Manchester to Northfleet in Kent just in case.We hadnt realised that the game nearly didnt go ahead and it was only with the help of a band of Ferribys Finest including the Chairman who worked their socks off to Maintain John Rudkins proud boast of “Ferriby dont do postponements” to ensure the game went ahead.The 1st half was just shaded by Ebbsfleet and we witnessed the first goalkeeping error of Ferribys Adam Nicklin in 5 games ,thankfully it went unpunnished and Adam recovered to be at the peak of his game for the remainder.Both teams were solid at the back and at Half Time it was Nil – Nil ( i hate being right )

In the 2nd half Ferriby rode their luck a bit Ebbsfleet hit the bar and post from the dangerous Cunnington but this wasnt a one sided affair with Ferribys Russell Fry rattling the woodwoork with a free kick. Both teams had defended really well and we coulnt see anyone scoring we were fearing the worse and Calvin asked some Fleet fans travelling times from Manchester to Kent .we was so convinced lol but then with 86 minutes on the clock Referee Ross Joyce intervened hed seen an elbow in the Ebbsfleet box and awarded Ferriby a penalty not only that hed sent Ebbsfleets 6  Kenny Clark off aswell.So here it was Liam king of Ferriby up against Fleets Preston Edwards with our hopes of no long distance midweek trip to Northfleet.I Barely couldnt watch as i willed the ball in the net ( well after 5 games you cant help supporting the team youve been paired with and as John Rudkin Says were Honouray Villigers now ) King duly beat Edwards to send the Ferriby players and fans wild ( theyd lost in this round last season ) but not before Kedwell blazed high over the bar with the goal at his mercy,ive seen Danny Kedwell  a couple of times before and was sure hed score the equaliser and send us to Kent midweek. But Ferriby got their noses in front and again proved they dont surrender a lead lightly to progress to the Semi Finals to face either Torquay Utd, Bath or Dover who replay or Halifax or Wrexham who are a round behind ill update you tomorrow where were heading . Cheers Olly  please share RT and follow

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