Goals from Ferriby’s Eddie Birch and Tom Corner was enough for the hosts to reclaim the trophy from the Tigers, despite Josh Ward’s second half consolation at The Dransfield Stadium.
The hosts started the brighter of the two teams as Harrison Foulkes was called upon to produce a good one-on-one save to deny Tom Oliver. The Tigers’ custodian then had to be alert again to keep out two Tom Corner efforts in quick succession, first claiming the Ferriby man’s header before holding onto a long-range drive.
Foulkes could no nothing to prevent Ferriby from taking a 16th-minute lead though. Jack Mail’s towering header from a corner came back off the post and Eddie Birch reacted the quickest to slot home the rebound.
The Villagers had the chance to add a second shortly after but ex-Tiger Danny Emerton could only guide his header straight at Foulkes.
Jon Beale’s side had been slow starters but improved as the first half wore on with a trialist striker coming close to a leveller when attempting to chip Charlie Dixon. The same player walmed the hands of the Ferriby shot-stopper soon after and only good pressure from Mail prevented Luke Rees from netting what would have been a simple chance.
In the second half, with both teams making wholesale changes, the Tigers continued to push for an equaliser in the early moments with another trialist collecting Rouse’s pass before flashing a low shot across the face of goal.
At the other end of the pitch, Andy Smith produced two fantastic blocks to stop both Corner’s and Birch’s efforts, before Ferriby eventually doubled their lead. A cross from the right picked out the head of Corner, who beat the diving Harvey Cartwright despite the substitute keeper getting a hand to it.
Cartwright though produced a fine stop to keep his side in the game when denying Danny Norton and it proved the catalyst for a Tigers’ fightback. Midway through the second half, a free-kick floated into the Ferriby box and – from Smith’s cushioned header – Josh Ward rifled the ball past Jordan Douglas.
The Tigers pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing stages of the game with Smith heading wide from Luke Beckett’s corner before McCauley Snelgrove saw his volley well-blocked by Dan Nichols.
A third trialist in the Tigers’ ranks thought he had found the all-important leveller only to be somehow denied by Douglas’ point-blank save before the unfortunate Tommy Best saw his shot deflected narrowly wide.
And the final opportunity of the evening fell to Rob Guilfoyle in stoppage-time but the striker could only send his strike over the bar, ensuring it was the Villagers who claimed the Billy Bly Memorial Trophy in 2019.
North Ferriby FC: Dixon (Douglas 46), Elliot (Leyland 46), McKay (Tanser 56), Mail (Phillips 46), Piercy (Nichols 46), Birch (Shortland 56), Walker (Bolder 56), Forrester (Richardson 46), Corner (Parsons 56), Emerton (Norton 46), Oliver (Hastings 46).
Hull City U23s: Foulkes (Cartwright 46), Trialist, Leake (Ward 62), Wood (Best 62), Trialist, Bayram (Smith 46), Hanson (Lovick 62), Odunston (Beckett 62), Rees (Guilfoyle 46), Trialist (Snelgrove 67), Rouse (Power 62).
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