Having been to three games in three days I was not looking for another game on Bank Holiday Monday but Helen said she fancied a game but did not want to travel far. This left us with a few options but we decided on a visit to North Ferriby to see them take on Chasetown. Now I have done a report on a previous visit to North Ferriby but my camera died on me on that night so this gave me an opportunity to take some better pictures.
We arrive quite early but the Chasetown fans are already putting their vast number of flags up, even borrowing one of the Chasetown youth team players to put up their huge flag behind the goal.
We make our way towards the seated stand on the opposite side of the ground where I leave Helen to carry on and take my photos.
There is a two stepped terrace behind the goal where you come in which leads to the far side of the ground where the seated stand is.
This side of the ground is a nice combination of terracing and seat, all covered. You first reach a terraced area followed by two sets of seats either side of an area reserved for Directors of the Club and their visitors.
There is then another terraced area which leads you to the end opposite to where you come in. It is on this covered terracing where the Chasetown flags are massed (you can see all of the flags on the link for more pictures below).
There is an identical two step terrace behind this goal as there is at the opposite end.
This brings you to where all the other facilities are. This includes a Clubhouse, Club Shop, dressing rooms, toilets and tea hut.
One interesting thing that I did not notice last time is that some of the floodlights are sponsored, something I do not believe I have seen anywhere else on my travels.
I wander back to where Helen is sat with a couple of coffees and wait for the game to start.
The first half sees chances for both teams but the wayward finishing ensures the half is goalless. It is a tight affair and even early in the game you get the feeling that one gaol will be sufficient to secure a victory.
The second half gets underway with a bang as a penalty is awarded to North Ferriby after the referee judges that the handball by a Chasetown defender was deliberate. Bradshaw stepped up to take the spot kick only to see his shot superbly saved by keeper Price diving to his right.
This seemed to gee both teams up and we know had a flowing game from one end to the other with both teams having chances.
The only goal of the game on 61 minutes when a forward ball was played to Grant Ryan who beat the last defender and placed his shot in the bottom corner to put Chasetown ahead. There were more chances for both teams in a very lively game but no more goals saw Chasetown secure their second victory in three days. It was an enjoyable game and I cannot recommend you enough to visit North Ferriby. A nice neat ground and always a warm welcome. What more could you ask for?
More photos of the Rapid Solicitors Stadium here.
North Ferriby United 0-1 Chasetown