BIG MATCH SUMMARY:
WE ARE STAYING UP! Not enough detail? Ok alright then I’ll summarise the match…
1st half: Its nervy and tense to begin with. Brett hits a rocket that bangs the bottom of the left hand post, but plenty of apprehension sees jitters on the pitch and in the bumper crowd (over 4000 wow!). We do come close on a couple of other occasions, with Luke’s quality on set pieces the main source.
2nd half: United improve their tempo and pressing, and get their reward. A header hits the crossbar and Verma tucks in the rebound. After that the boys impose their wills on a wilting opposition, and after missing some chances Myles makes sure of things. Its big relief and celebrations for us in the stand, the most stressful and exhausting season for me (and many others i’m sure!) has finished with a flourish!
Gallifuoco 7 Anderson 7 McGinty 8 Turner 8
Young 9 Verma 7 Lee 9
Keating 7 Williams 7 Reid 6
SUBS: Chaney 7 Harrad 6 Sparkes 7
58 mins – Another great set piece from Luke finds a United head (Anderson). It ricochets off the bar, but Aman is there to nod home. Big delight at breaking the deadlock and we can smell safety at last!
86 mins – Myles could have had a hat-trick today! His goal is worth the wait though; a teasing inswinger from Young finds the defender to head home into the top right hand corner.
MAN OF THE MATCH:
Jordan Lee and Luke Young. It’s a tie for me – Jordan shows brilliant energy and running up the right hand side, confidently taking the fight to NF. Luke meanwhile takes a while to get going, but it isn’t long before he is troubling their goalie with perfectly placed crosses and vicious shots. Young remains our best player and the man who makes things tick at Plainmoor. I really really hope he stays for next season.
Anxiety was always going to hover over the ground today, and it takes the skipper’s second half goal to calm our nerves! Aman has a mixed game overall, but I will forgive him that! Apart from that NF do threaten properly once in the first half. Neat interplay on the left creates a close range chance that the striker heads against the post, with the goal at his mercy. Turns out it’s off-side, however it looks for the world like we are going behind.
It it ain’t broke… Same team as Dover , Ruairi operates more centrally than last week and battles manfully all afternoon. The lads do sit back too much at times, as the nerves have an adverse affect. The defence is stout again though, and once Luke starts to dictate things there is only one winner.
North Ferriby show professionalism and effort, which is a credit to the team and manager. They also play nice football at times, with Connor Oliver one of the best players on show in midfield – comfortable on the ball and distributing well. Their defence is clearly a weakness and any pressure from United has them struggling. I wish them good luck for next season in the Conference North.
The ref has very few decisions to make – he clearly doesn’t want to hand any cards out and tries to keep the game flowing. Overall ok, no major quibbles from me.
Ruairi Keating. Keating’s work rate is excellent and some of his touches are class. He’s clearly learning his trade and is at the moment a rough diamond. I’d love to see him back next season and not just for tweets from Uncle Ronan! He seems to love being here judging by the photos with fans after, so we shall see.
Lows, highs, emotions, frustrations and glory – and thats just the last 3 weeks! I have not missed a home game this season, and have felt so low at times.
However, just when things started to look helpless it all came together! An amazing crowd today – I hope to see more of them regularly next season and between us we can help make Plainmoor a fortress once again (it’s been too long!). Its brilliant to see the Yellow Army so jubilant at full time.
I’ve been obsessed by TUFC like never before, so time to take to take a breath and enjoy the fact we are still National League. Thank goodness for that!