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Tigers Ease To Pre-Season Win

Posted on: Sat 18 Jul 2009

The Tigers got their programme of pre-season fixtures off to a fine start with a 6-0 win against North Ferriby United at Church Road on Saturday lunchtime.

Although performances and results at this stage of the summer offer few clues as to how the new season will shape up, Phil Brown will have been pleased with the clinical nature of his side's finishing, especially during the second 45 minutes.

City's starting line-up featured many of last season's first team regulars as well as the pleasing sight of Anthony Gardner at the back. Trialist Jerome Thomas was given an opportunity to impress on the left wing while Craig Fagan partnered Daniel Cousin in attack.

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Wearing their new home kit, City made a bright start with Bernard Mendy heading Fagan's left-wing cross narrowly wide in the opening minute.

After that, possession was very much the name of the game as the Tigers enjoyed long spells with the ball at their feet, although they created little in attack during the opening 25 minutes.

But with Thomas looking dangerous out wide and Fagan sharp in attack, a threat was never far away and Fagan almost gave City the lead after cutting in from the right and firing in a shot that was brilliantly tipped onto the post by ex-Tiger Steve Wilson in the Ferriby goal.

The Tigers broke the deadlock on 33 minutes after Thomas was sent through on goal and he produced a cool low finish to offer Brown and his staff food for thought.

Jerome Thomas impressed in his first trial game

It wasn't all City though. Gardner did well to block a shot from Callum Russell before being forced to defend a couple of set-pieces before the half time whistle blew.

Half Time: Tigers 1-0 North Ferriby United

Both teams emerged for the second half wearing their brand new away kits and for City, there was a complete change in personnel as they fielded a side including the experienced Nick Barmby and Bryan Hughes as well as youngsters Jamie Devitt and Tom Cairney. New signing Steven Mouyokolo also made his first appearance in a City shirt.

Hughes put a difficult chance wide two minutes in as City set the tone for the half before Caleb Folan missed a couple of decent opportunities as he got on the end of crosses from Kevin Kilbane and Barmby respectively.

It was left to Devitt to double City's lead on 53 minutes. Wilson failed to gather Kilbane's hanging cross and Devitt was on hand to produce a low finish at the back post.

City launched another attack almost straight from the restart and when Cairney found himself through on goal he produced a finish that went just the wrong side of the far post.

The Tigers' superior fitness was beginning to tell and they continued to dominate before adding to their lead on 70 minutes. Hughes' perfectly timed through ball sent Nicky Featherstone through on goal and he rounded Wilson before firing into an empty net.

Five minutes later it was 4-0. Devitt's corner was met by the head of Mouyokolo and although his effort was kept out, Folan followed up to smash the rebound into the roof of the net.

The young midfield trio of Devitt, Cairney and Featherstone were certainly pulling the strings in midfield, but it was the experienced Barmby who made it 5-0 on 80 minutes as he coolly converted when through one-on-one with Wilson.

The Tigers rounded off the scoring a minute later as Folan curled a right-foot shot home from the edge of the box following good work from Hughes.

Caleb Folan was on target twice against North Ferriby

George Boateng received the Billy Bly Memorial Trophy at the end of the game and the Tigers now move on to their second game of the weekend against Winterton Rangers on Sunday (KO 12noon).

George Boateng (left) receives the Billy Bly Memorial Trophy

Tigers (First Half): Boaz Myhill, Sam Ricketts, Michael Turner, Anthony Gardner, Andy Dawson, Bernard Mendy, George Boateng, Dean Marney, Jerome Thomas, Craig Fagan, Daniel Cousin.

Tigers (Second Half): Matt Duke, Nathan Doyle, Steven Mouyokolo, Liam Cooper, Kevin Kilbane, Jamie Devitt, Nicky Featherstone, Tom Cairney, Bryan Hughes, Nick Barmby, Caleb Folan.

[Main Picture: Daniel Cousin (left) in action against North Ferriby United]

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