Jones swoops as Lowestoft Town gatecrash North Ferriby’s party
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There was something of a party atmosphere in a small corner of East Yorkshire as Lowestoft reached town.
Before kick-off, talk at North Ferriby United was of their Wembley trip for the FA Trophy final and whether the Villagers could make a surge for the Conference North play-off places – with three points expected against a Lowestoft Town side still looking to secure a future in the league.
However, the home side had reckoned without the Trawlerboys being the perfect party poopers – and by 5pm, the Blues had ensured their journey home would be one big celebration.
After a tight first half, Town excelled in the second peroid and won thanks to a fine Lee Smith free-kick and a stunning header from Jake Reed.
It was the least they deserved, especially after referee Graeme Fyvie also seemed in the party mood in failing to send off home keeper Jonathan Hedge in the first half and then awarding North Ferriby a very soft penalty in the second.
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The yellow card for Hedge was the main talking point of the first half. The stopper miskicked and then brought down the menacing Reed well outside his box. Reed would have had a clear run to goal from out wide, but referee Fyvie deemed the foul worthy of just a caution.
It did not seem to put the visitors off their stride and they took the lead on 52 minutes thanks to the excellent Smith.
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The equally impressive Rossi Jarvis was fouled on the edge of the box and right-back Smith stepped up to curl a delightful low free-kick beyond the wall and into the corner beyond Hedge's left hand.
Town were dominant, and Jarvis almost doubled the lead after superb play down the right saw him free in the box, but Hedge was equal to his low drive.
Five minutes after taking the lead, Town were controversially pegged back.
To the surprise of many, Fyvie pointed to the penalty spot after a tangle between striker Tom Denton and Blues' midfielder Andrew Fisk.
It appeared Denton had caught Fisk, but the official saw it differently and insult was added to injury as Ashlee Jones got two hands to Liam King's weak spot-kick, but could only watch as the ball hit the post and spun gently in.
The Trawlerboys were not deterred and after Reed could only tamely lob the ball into Hedge's hands when he found himself clean through, Erkan Okay nearly benefited from another Hedge mistake before Jarvis stretched to poke an Adam Smith corner against the post with the keeper floundering again.
With six minutes left, Reed, who was a major threat all afternoon, produced a stunning finish to atone for his earlier embarrassing miss.
The striker got ahead of his marker to meet a cross from sub Bradley Woods-Garness and flicked a powerful diving header into the roof of the net.
It was a superb goal and proved enough to suck the life, and three valuable points, out of the party.