Sunday 29 March 2015 – Wembley Stadium
North Ferriby United 3-3 Wrexham (after extra time)
Ferriby win 5-4 on penalties
North Ferriby United, FA Trophy winners 2015. It sounds unbelievable but it’s happened and The Villagers were worthy winners in a pulsating Final at Wembley.
Manager Billy Heath summed it up in one word, “Wow!” And what a way for him and his Assistant Manager, Mark Carroll, to celebrate their 700th game as a managerial team.
This was one of the most exciting games ever seen at either the old Wembley Stadium or the current one. The victory capped a tremendous fightback by Ferriby. The Villagers were 2-0 down with 14 minutes to play and looked as though the Trophy was going to Wales.
However a Liam King penalty saw Ferriby reduce the deficit and from that point The Villagers were in control. But would the equalioser come. It was nailbiting but substitute Ryan Kendall equalised and, Danny Clarke almost won the game in the dying moments but Wrexham keeper Andy Coughlin produced a superb save.
So extra-time. Ten minutes in and Ferriby silenced the Wrexham supporters and sent their own delirious when Kendall headed The Villagers in front.
With the big Wembley screens showing the end of extra-time approaching, Russell Moult broke Ferriby hearts with an equaliser.
Penalties: surely Ferriby couldn’t succeed again after winning the semi-final in the same manner. Of course, they could. Nathan Peat scored what proved to be the crucial penalty but once again, keeper Adam Nicklin proved the main hero, saving three of Wrexham’s six penalties. Amazingly, Nicklin was injured and should probably not have played. He was in agony after the game, not that you would have known that from the speed of his celebration!
Cue celebrations. Ferriby’s fans may have been outnumbered three to win but there was only one group of fans making any noise as the Wrexham fans streamed out of the stadium before the presentations.
Ferriby had done it with one of the most remarkable come-backs in Wembley history. They are the first former FA Vase finalist to claim the FA Trophy. A remarkable achievement for a club with such limited resources.
Ferriby manager Billy Heath commented, “To be honest, at 2-0 I thought that was probably it. But once we got a goal back with Liam’s penalty we took control. The players were tremendous and there only looked likely to be one winner after we equalised.
”The players did me, themselves and the Club proud Adam Nicklin will make the headlines but they were all heroes today.”
North Ferriby: NFU: Adam Nicklin, Sam Topliss, Josh Wilde (Nathan Peat 89, Liam King, Matt Wilson, Danny Hone, Danny Clarke (82), Russ Fry (Ryan Kendall 80),, Tom Denton, Adam Bolder (Nathan Jarman 61), Jason St. Juste Subs not used: Mark Gray Tom Nicholson,
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