Av­enue are stunned by Collins


The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - By Tom Coates

ROCK-BOT­TOM North Fer­riby stunned Brad­ford Park Av­enue with a 1-0 vic­tory at the Hors­fall Sta­dium.

Av­enue en­joyed a lot of early pos­ses­sion but the sides can­celled each other out in a cagey open­ing 15 min­utes.

The vis­i­tors took a shock lead with 19 min­utes on the clock as Lewis Collins darted into the box and drilled his ef­fort past Steven Drench.

The hosts fi­nally tested Ross Dur­rant af­ter 30 min­utes of try­ing to do so, as Dan Py­bus forced a strong palm away from the keeper af­ter Oli John­son had threaded through to the young loa­nee.

Av­enue made a bright start to the sec­ond-half but Frank Mul­h­ern fired wide and Nicky Clee was de­nied by Dur­rant. Mul­h­ern’s miss was one he’d rather for­get, as he rounded the Fer­riby goal­keeper be­fore ri­fling into the side-net­ting.

Luca Hav­ern then got on the end of a deep cross but could only head into the grate­ful Dur­rant’s clutches.

Adam Smith pro­vided a spark for Av­enue af­ter his in­tro­duc­tion, but Rob Atkin­son headed wide af­ter the winger’s fan­tas­tic de­liv­ery.

Av­enue piled for­ward in droves as the clock ticked but couldn’t find a way past Dur­rant, and Fer­riby even came close to ex­tend­ing their lead in stop­page time when Drench made a fan­tas­tic stop to deny Collins.

STAR MAN: Lewis Collins (N Fer­riby) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★✶

Cur­zon went ahead in the 14th minute, Matthew Re­gan stab­bing home the re­bound af­ter send­ing his ini­tial ef­fort from Sam Walker’s free-kick against the base of the up­right.

As the first half went on, South­port be­gan to find more of a rhythm and they drew level through Gilchrist, head­ing in his 23rd goal of the sea­son af­ter be­ing left unat­tended from an Os­borne free-kick.

Shaw handed South­port the lead when he dis­as­trously mis­judged an at­tempted back pass from 35 yards past his goal­keeper Cameron Ma­son.

Ma­son later pro­duced an ath­letic stop to deny Gilchrist and, af­ter a close sec­ond half of few chances, Os­borne was able to set the seal on the win, tap­ping the ball in af­ter self­less work from Dion Charles and Jack Samp­son.

STAR MAN: David Mor­gan (South­port) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

PIC­TURES: Si­mon Mar­shal

FIGHT­ING BACK: Ja­son Gilchrist grabs the lev­eller for South­port

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