Lowestoft Town 1 North Ferriby 2
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Lowestoft Town were well beaten by a classy North Ferriby side at Crown Meadow this afternoon.
The scoreline may state the Hull-based outfit were only one goal better than the Blues but in truth there was a far bigger gulf between the two sides.
In the end the Villagers settled for two first-half goals to emphasise their dominance. Nathan Jarman gave them the lead in the 17th minute from the penalty spot after he was brought down by Jake Jessup and it was game over before the break when Adam Bolder tapped home from close range.
Lowestoft huffed and puffed in the second half without ever really threatening until the introduction of Jefferson Louis, who gave the hosts hope in injury time with a fine effort.
But North Ferriby saw out time as the Trawlerboys slipped to their third home defeat of the campaign.
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Lowestoft were outnumbered at the heart of the midfield from the start and the visitors clinically took advantage.
Jon D'Laryea was the spare man for the visitors and the ex-Mansfield man ran the show in the first half. North Ferriby took the lead in the 17th minute in very avoidable fashion from Lowestoft's point of view.
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Grant Black hung up a cross to the edge of the area for the giant striker, Tom Denton, prompting Jake Jessup to unnecessarily rush off his line. The former Yarmouth youngster failed to claim and Jarman was on to it in a flash. The Villagers' dangerman look set to get a shot away before Jessup pulled him down and Jarman made no mistake from the spot, firing low to Jessup's right.
Lowestoft could have got back on level terms shortly after when Rossi Jarvis' effort from a corner prompted a goalmouth scramble which ended with Black heading off his own line.
But the visitors were firmly in control and look to take advantage of Jessup's shattered confidence in the Blues' goal. Black's 28th minute cross caught him out again and only excellent defending by Jack Ainsley at the back post prevented Jason St Juste from making it 2-0.
They didn't have to wait too much longer though as the North Ferriby midfield charged through their opponents at will. Skipper Liam King sprung the offside trap and with several team-mates to choose from, he squared to Bolder, who side-footed home.
Jake Reed looked the only bright spark for Lowestoft with the former Dagenham & Redbridge man showing some nice touches throughout the half.
Reed and Shaun Bammant combined well six minutes before the break but Reed's fierce 20-yard effort was tipped round the post by North Ferriby keeper Adam Nicklin.
Bradley Woods-Garness came on for Bammant at half-time in a straight swap and the Blues striker should have pulled one back when Curtis Haynes-Brown picked him out with a fine cross. However, the former Canvey man got his header all wrong as his effort flew well wide of the target.
North Ferriby promptly re-asserted their authority on proceedings and only good saves by Jessup prevented King and Bolder adding to their lead.
Tom Denton almost capitalised on poor defending by Gleeson but the giant striker never looked comfortable bearing down on Jessup, who saved well with his feet.
The introduction of Louis gave Lowestoft more of an attacking presence and the transfer-listed striker pulled one back in injury time when he held off the defender before slamming the ball into the top corner from 20 yards.
- Lowestoft (4-4-2): Jessup, Ainsley, Hayles, Gleeson, Haynes-Brown, Eagle, Fisk, Jarvis, Smith (Radomski 66), Bammant (Woods-Garness 46), Reed (Louis 80). Subs not used: Zielonka, Marsden.
- North Ferriby United (4-4-2): Nicklin, Black, Gray (Anderson 40), Wilson, Wilde, D'Laryea, Bolder (Fry 88), King, St Juste, Jarman, Denton (Yates 86). Subs not used: Peat, Nicholson.
- Referee: Neil Hair
- Attendance: 527