King and Hannah's reborn Holy Blues contested every ball as if it were their last and earned the right to play and allow the A team to harpoon the Humbersiders. The two AW's fired true at the sharp end of the 4-4-2 but the blessed Byrne polished the bullets to leave brave United black and blue. An evenly contested affair early doors saw Worsfold and Wilson spurn chances, but, the new number 10's physical strength and aerial prowess suggested the new front two will trouble more than a few between now and the end of the season. On 18 minutes good strength from Wilson saw him flick neatly to Worsfold who gave the keeper no chance from 6 yards.
On 43 minutes Ioan Evans, growing in confidence at full back, was brought down for a penalty to the rampant blues. Goal machine Worsfold completed his brace to notch his nineteenth of the season by sending the keeper the wrong way with a measured drive a good 18 inches inside the post.
On 47 minutes the orchestral conductor, Byrne, conjured a crossfield 30-yard ball from 10 yards inside his own half into the stride of gunslinger Wilson. Ant charged down left channel, cut inside onto his right and completed a grandstand goal from the gods, curling a 20-yarder into the top right-hand corner to send the half time pies into the skies.
A precision ball through from Simon Russell, from within his own half, on 89 minutes saw Reeves hold off his man to coolly fire home from 18 yards. The 'A team' may grab the headline but this was a team performance that sealed three points, completing an awesome foursome for the goal difference and a fifth place play-off spot to finish a month from Hell for the Holy Blues.
North Ferriby United: Exall, Smith, Harrison, Brettell, Windass, Smith, Knox, Leyland, Payne, Nichols, Piercy
Gainsborough Trinity: Stewart, Evans, Stainfield, Maguire, Gordon, Byrne, Russell, Clarke, Longbottom, Wilson, Worsfold
Results elsewhere saw Scarboroough fall at home to Mickleover thanks to an Amanchi two minute brace, the first being a penalty. Warrington were three down at home to Nantwich with 34 minutes on the clock but only squared things thanks to a Tony Gray strike at the death. The wheels fell off the cart at high flying Farsley as Witton achieved another 1-0 smash and grab at one of our rivals.
Next up at the Martin & Co, Bamber Bridge saw visitors South Shields leave with all three points thanks to strikes from David Foley and Robert Briggs. Bamber Bridge have a tough trip to Nantwich on Tuesday while Farsley host Ferriby and Warrington go to Workington who managed a 2-0 win at in form Marine (2-0) to leave them three points from safety. Standing room only at the Northolme Saturday then?
Report written by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs