|North Ferriby Reserves||0-4||Barton Town Reserves|
|J. Finnis 19|
Salter 19, 44, 74
Report by Liam Graham
The Reserves returned to competitive league action in the Humber Premier League following the latest halt to action and cruised to a fine 4-0 away day victory over local rivals North Ferriby FC Reserves at The Dransfield Stadium.
Manager Liam Graham had a full squad to choose from and handed full debuts to 16 year old Charlie Wright, and new signing Jake Harris coming in to goal. With another new signing in Lucas Robinson named on the bench.
|5||Clay Bryant (c) 🟡|
|7||Bryn Everitt 🔻H. Finnis 59|
|8||Chris Rodgers 🔻Forman 59|
|9||Kian Salter ⚽⚽⚽ 🔻Herrick 79|
|10||Jack Finnis ⚽ 🔻Whall 79|
|11||Brendan O’Callaghan 🔻Robinson 70|
|12||Harry Finnis 🔺Everitt 59|
|14||Lucas Robinson 🔺O’Callaghan 70|
|15||Ben Herrick 🔺Salter 79|
|16||Jake Forman 🔺Rodgers 59|
|17||Adam Whall 🟡 🔺J. Finnis 79|
Barton settled the better of the two sides and missed a chance in the opening couple of minutes of the game as Ferriby’s keeper saved well from Salter close up.
Barton didn’t have to wait much longer to break the deadlock though as Jack Finnis intercepted a weak back pass from the Ferriby defender to round the onrushing ‘keeper and slot home in the 11th minute.
Barton could have been two up almost immediately after the restart but O’Callaghan, after a bursting run following his dispossession of a Ferriby midfielder, just found his effort the wrong side of the post.
But seven minutes later the Reserves did double their lead, and it was Kian Salter who was in for an action packed afternoon. He chased down the Ferriby man, winning the ball and then coolly converting to the far corner of the Ferriby goal in the 19th minute.
The Midfield duo of Start and Rodgers were working hard, and keeping things ticking over nicely in the middle of the park, whilst Everitt and Wright continued to get success down the right hand flank.
Harris was called into action for the first time in the afternoon when former Swans man Eddie Rogerson tried from range but Harris saved comfortably.
Barton went into the break with a three goal cushion as Salter got his second of the game on the stroke of half time. Again the hard work paying off when out of possession and Salter was on hand inside the 18 yard box to convert when the ball came lose.
Ferriby looked to have shifted in shape and came out in the opening stages of the second half fighting, and Harris was called into action twice in quick succession. First from a free kick on the edge of the area, then to save smartly one on one arguably his best of the day.
Barton introduced fresh legs in another 16 year old Forman, and the returning Finnis (Harry).
Older brother Jack then had a glorious chance to get his second of the game saved by the Ferriby ‘keeper.
Robinson replaced O’Callaghan in the 70th minute, and he fed in Salter in the 74th minute who completed his hat-trick and a fine display when following up his first attempt which was blocked by the keeper. Salter cleverly lofted the ball over his head into the far top corner to complete the scoring.
Following a challenge late in the game , and some off the ball incident, skipper Bryant was shown a red card, much to the amazement of all in the ground, which was later downgraded to a caution by the referee Steve Barrett.
The Reserves remain in 5th following results around them but just 2 points sit between new leaders Westella & Willerby and the Swans.
Next up is Hedon Rangers away.
Manager Liam Graham reflected on his sides fine victory.
“Firstly it was just brilliant to see the lads back out there today, they’ve put so much effort into getting prepared for the season and it’s great to see them put it into action on the pitch.
“I thought we were very good today, a real solid team performance and if I’m honest I thought we could have got a few more but a clean sheet and a good performance away from home, myself, Stef and Sam will take that all day long.
“As I said to the dressing room though, we have to keep our feet on the ground, stay focused and hungry and approach every game as we are.
“Over the moon to start to see the young lads coming though, we’ve worked hard to get them up to speed and they are contributing in all areas of the squad.
“Big shout out to Kian (Salter) today, I can be his biggest critic today and he’s worked hard over the recent lock down on little aspects of his game and he was fully rewarded today so he should be very pleased with his efforts, as are we.”