Ferrybridge miss out on county final

Ferrybridge Progressive's Jimmy Earley tries to find a way through the Belle Isle defence during the County Cup semi-final. Picture: MARK WYARD
Ferrybridge Progressive's Jimmy Earley tries to find a way through the Belle Isle defence during the County Cup semi-final. Picture: MARK WYARD

Ferrybridge Progressive’s worst performance of the season came at the wrong time as they were beaten 3-0 by Leeds Combination side Belle Isle in the semi-final of the West Riding County FA Sunday Cup.

In the run-up to Friday’s game Ferrybridge were dealt numerous injury blows, but this could not hide the fact they were second best on the night.

In the opening stages both sides had chances. Isle’s Jordan Stafford tried to test Adam Tasker from long range, but his shot was always going wide and at the other end good work from Lee Waites saw an alert Belle Isle keeper rush off his line to punch the ball clear. To the keeper’s luck the ball cannoned off his own defender straight back into his arms. Scott Burns then shot straight at Tasker, before a Middleton cross just eluded the head of Regan Fish.

A thunderous strike from Stafford went just wide before Ferry missed a glorious opportunity when Danny Middleton’s shot was saved by Barrow after he had been fed by Josh Barrett.

Del Pollock then missed a one-on-one and it was Belle Isle who took the lead when despite a brilliant reaction save from Tasker the ball fell to Robertshaw who made no mistake.

Barratt’s lobbed effort went just wide as Ferry came close to levelling, but it stayed 1-0 to half-time.

Management trio Shaw Dickinson and Carr brought on Jimmy Earley for the start of the second half and this change had an immediate impact. Earley’s blistering pace saw the winger get brought down in the box by Isle’s last defender. The penalty was awarded, but to everyone’s surprise only a yellow card was shown and Rob Anderson’s spot-kick went high and over.

Earley tried to haul his team back into it but his effort was just over and Barratt’s shot was easily dealt with by the keeper as Ferrybridge seemed to miss that extra punch that they have shown all season.

Belle Isle scored a second goal when a weak shot from Chris Ovington found the bottom of the net and this seemed to knock the stuffing out of Ferry.

They threw on subs James Hicks and David Dickinson to play in a front three, but no clear chances were forthcoming. Belle Isle held on and added a third on a counter attack as Haywood gave the ball away, just over the half-way line, and with only one defender to beat Joe O’Neil showed great pace and skill to slot past Tasker.

Ferrybridge will be disappointed with their performance on the night, but having already won two cups and the possibility of another three, a successful season still remains on the cards.