NCEL Division One – 9th February 2019
Five goals, five different scorers, and a return to winning ways, was more than enough to see a broad smile return to the faces of the assembled Robin’s faithful.
|Selby Town 5||Rossington Main 3|
Jordan Snodin 7
Joshua Dacre 35
Joe Dale 39
Liam Flanagan 61
Fraser Hansen 76
Iren Wilson 25
Sam Caygill 53
Alec Denton 82
On a very windy day at The Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium, playing good football might have been a problem, but not for Selby Town, who managed to produce the best football seen since the opening match of this year.
There were several changes from the away match against Glasshoughton Welfare two weeks ago. Goalkeeper Jody Barford, and Ryan Woodhead remained at the back, but they were joined by Chris Bilton, and the returning Joshua Dacre, in the middle, with Joe Dunnett playing at left back. In the midfield, Louis Hutton returned to play alongside Jordan Snodin, and Charlie Clamp. Up front the big talking point, was that Ali Ann was played centrally with Joe Dale to the left of him, and Liam Flanagan to the right. Ali Ann wore the captain’s armband.
There was a blustery wind blowing across the pitch, from the school towards the opposite side, but this didn’t seem to influence play as much as it night, as both teams sought to play the ball principally along the turf. Rossington showed first earning themselves a free kick, but it wasn’t long beforeTown were on the front foot. A feature of the first half was that the Robins were trying to play their pacey wingers in behind the square opposition defence, and from such a move, a Liam Flanagan cross was ballooned over the bar by the oncoming Joe Dale, who would probably have preferred the ball on his left foot.
A very similar move soon followed. A sumptuous ball from Louis Hutton, behind the opposition left back, fed Liam Flanagan in full stride. The cross found its way to Jordan Snodin, who wasted no time in slamming the ball into the net.
Encouraged by the goal, Selby poured forward in search of another. Ali Ann was holding the ball up well, fully occupying the Rossington central defenders, whilst Liam Flanagan, and Joe Dale were tormenting the full backs.
Joe Dale again shot over the bar when well placed. A good move involving Jordan Snodin, and Liam Flanagan, set up a chance for Ali Ann, who unfortunately couldn’t find a shot to beat the goalkeeper. Louis Hutton played Joe Dale in with another slide rule pass. Unfortunately Joe was rather tentative,allowing the goalkeeper to save at his feet.
Joe Dale was more positive when next played in, this time by Jordan Snodin. His rasping shot brought a great diving save from Callum Fielding in the Rossington goal, with Liam Flanagan a whisker away from connecting with the ‘keeper’s parry.
As is often the case, when a team is pressing, it is the opposition that score. Rossington had been finding it tough to build anything of substance, but were able to make good progress down Selby’s left flank. A cross found a Rossington forward in the middle, back to goal. He had enough time to play the ball back to the waiting Iren Wilson. With no Selby challenge, he was glad to rifle the ball past Jody Barford in the Selby goal.
Punished by their lapse in concentration, it took The Robins a little time to reassert themselves. An Ali Ann blocked shot, led to a melee in the Rossington box, with the ricocheting ball eventually being scrambled away for a corner. Selby were able to retake the lead from that set piece. Chris Bilton met with the corner towards the near post, and headed it back across goal. Josh Dacre was on hand to slot the ball into the net for his first Selby Town goal.
It wasn’t long before Town scored again to cement their position. Ali Ann won the ball for Louis Hutton. Another sublime pass put Joe Dale in, and this time he made no mistake with his right foot, slotting the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper.
Selby continued to press, Ali Ann just failing to connect with a Ryan Woodhead cross. It was a very happy group of Selby supporters that greeted the halftime whistle.
The second half started with a spell of pressure from Rossington Main. Selby attacks were becoming few and far between, although Jordan Snodin crashed a long range shot against the outside of the post, and Liam Flanagan was just wide with an acrobatic attempt at an overhead kick.
Nerves were beginning to jangle, and it was no surprise when Rossington pulled a goal back. A terrific goal it was too, Sam Caygill sending a shot, from all of thirty yards, screaming past Jody Barford, into the net.
Sparked into action, it didn’t take Selby long to extend their lead. Ryan Woodhead, who had an excellent game, fed Joe Dale in behind the Rossington defence. His cross was partially cleared by the defence, but Liam Flanagan was able to return the ball with interest, looping it over the goalkeeper, and into the net.
The Robins were now playing with that familiar swagger, and looked likely to extend their lead further. Louis Hutton had a goal bound shot blocked following a corner, only to shoot the rebound over the bar. Ali Ann was played in only to fall foul of the offside flag.
Ali Ann, and Joe Dale earned a well-deserved rest and were replaced by Gary Collier and Fraser Hansen. It didn’t take the latter long to make his mark. He was played in by Liam Flanagan and coolly slotted the ball past the Rossington keeper for Selby’s fifth.
Selby were in full control, but they allowed Rossington’s Alec Denton far too much time and space to get a shot off from long range. The shot crept agonisingly past the outstretched Selby goalkeeper. Selby did not wobble, keeping on the front foot.
Gary Collier produced some clever crowd pleasing play to beat his marker twice with the same trick. Charlie Clamp exchanged passes to get free in the area, only to shoot wide. Liam Flanagan had a couple of attempts that were narrowly wide.
The final whistle went to send Selby fans home happy, and looking forward to a return to The Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium on Tuesday evening, when Skegness Town are the visitors for a League Cup tie.
Selby Town: Jody Barford, Ryan Woodhead, Charlie Clamp, Josh Dacre, Chris Bilton, Louis Hutton, Jordan Snodin, Liam Flanagan, Ali Ann, Joe Dale.
Subs: Gary Collier, Gary Lumley, Carl Stewart, Fraser Hansen, Zac Lawrence.
Rossington Main: Callum Fielding, Sam Caygill, Jordan Buckham, Harley Wilson, Robert Ludlam, Daniel Gardner, Declan Howe, Iren Wilson, Lee Holmes, Alec Denton, Jason Stokes.
Subs: Johnathan Fusco, Harry Bamforth, Matthew Stokoe, Joshua Gibbons, Thomas Nolan.