3140 County fans (minus 12 Ferriby supporters) were there to see one of the most notorious referee performances to grace the Edgeley Park pitch in recent times. Not content with his lack of control over the game, or his inability to let the game flow at all, Referee Paul Marsden topped off an infuriating 90 minutes with the allowance of a Ferriby goal 150 seconds after the allocated 5 minutes added time.
As far as player performances go, it wasn’t the best for many. The back 4 were solid and any of them could easily been given MoM. The midfield was gritty but, at times, overpowered. The wingers were not effective enough of the time and the strikers toiled without success. The introduction of Gonzales and, especially, Colley was refreshing and ultimately led to the breakthrough, a factor which will undoubtedly give Young something to think about regarding his selection on Saturday.
Whilst the draw will be seen by many as a missed opportunity, the fact remains that we have 10 points for 4 games, are third in the league and have had 4 tough games to start our campaign. It doesn’t get easier with a trip to the Midlands to play Nuneaton at the weekend, but I’m damn sure we won’t get rolled over there like we did a few seasons ago and that the team we have will fight tooth and nail for the points.
All I’ll finish with, County fans, is that you should embrace the fact that the referee is getting to you, it means that you care again, and that we have something to play for, and that is a nice feeling.
FT: County 1-1 North Ferriby (Ledsham, 87)
Line-Ups: Hurst, Morton, O’Hanlon, Thorniley, Roberts, Evans, Ledsham, Montrose, Rule, Dyson, Odejayi
Subs: Colley, Gonzales