Matthews hits double in Ferring’s victory

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Ferring Football Club picked up their first win in County League Division 3 since the opening day of the season as they beat bottom-of-the-table Hurstpierpoint 3-0 on Saturday, reports Liam Morgan.

The home side were the better team for most of the game and, despite having debutant goalkeeper Daryl Grafton sent off before the break, they made their early dominance pay to ensure their first victory in seven matches.

The hosts got off to a flying start and they found themselves ahead after just eight minutes. Barney Boutwood’s cross-shot was diverted into the net by Joe Matthews, and, just 60 seconds later, Matthews had his second of the match.

Boutwood was again the provider as he slotted in Matthews, who coolly dispatched the ball past the Hurstpierpoint keeper.

The outcome of the game looked to have been sewn up on the 20-minute mark as Scott Towers added a third, before Grafton received his marching orders for handling the ball outside the penalty area to give the away side renewed hope that they could yet launch an unlikely comeback.

That meant that striker Steve Gettings had to don the keeper’s gloves for the rest of the encounter and he even managed to pull off a wonderful save midway through the second period as Ferring held on for all three points.

It was just the second match under new manager Pete Matthews,who was pleased with his side’s display and said: “We dominated the game and I thought we were very good. I’m happy that we kept a clean sheet after the sending off and I think the confidence is starting to grow within the squad.”

The two teams meet again in the league – at Hurstpierpoint –this coming Saturday.

FERRING: Grafton; Fraser, Christodolou, Searle, D.Heward; Da Costa, Barnes, Matthews, Towers; Boutwood, Gettings. Subs: Churchill (Towers 70), O’Reilly (Matthews 80).