Match Report: Selby Town 5 – 3 Rossington Main

February 10, 2019

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

Attendance 124

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.            

Comments 1


    Same old, same old. Yes, Selby won – but for me it was closer. The weather did not help both teams, but both teams tried to play attractive football. Selby never dealt with the threat down the right hand side. Nice to see individual scores, but at least one was a deflection. Pleasing result at last My thoughts are Ali Ann is no centre forward & better suited in defence. Selby need a target player to assist the wing play. Unless they improve they will lose to Rossington at their ground.

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Chris Jackson
Forward - Sponsored by LR Joinery

Chris is a man who needs no introduction to many having previously played for Selby Town. He has also had spells at Goole, Pontefract Collieries and Armthorpe Welfare, leaving a trail of goals and hat tricks in his wake.

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Myles Lawman
Peter Lawrie

At 23, Peter has played for Selby Town, Tadcaster Albion, Garforth Town and Pickering Town, and is a much sought after goalkeeper and rated as one of the best in the NCEL.

Peter lives in York, and works as a buyer for Asda on Fresh Produce.

Growing up, Peter Schmeichel was his hero.

His best moment in football so far, is the run in the FA Vase to the quarters with Tadcaster and playing in front of over 2,000 fans.

Ryan Gothard
Centre Half

Ryan works in York as a mechanic.

He has previously played for Sporting Knavesmire.

His most enjoyable moment from his time at Selby Town is beating Bradford Park Avenue on penalties in the West Riding County Cup.

Ryan is a FIFA man, and his favourite player is John Terry.

Ryan captains the Selby Town side, playing as a centre half with the number 5 shirt on his back.

Alasan Ann

Aged 24, and from Luton – Ann is living in York whilst studying physiotherapist at university.

He has previously played for Luton Town, St Neots Town, Hitchin Town, and Kings Langley.

His greatest memory in non league so far was reaching the play off final with Hitchin Town.

A FIFA man, his greatest inspiration in football was Ledley King which he puts down to his “overall understanding of the game and leadership skills.”

Reuben Pearse
Right Back

Reuben has played for a number of clubs including Cliffe F.C.

He had a stint in management at Selby Town before stepping back due to work commitments.

Reuben plays at right-back with the number 2 shirt.

Zac Lawrence

Formerly of York City, Zac also held trials at Sunderland.

This is his first season within Selby Town Football Club’s defence.

Danny Snaith
Defensive Midfielder

Danny is a defensive midfielder.

He has previously played for Selby u19s, Tadcaster Albion, Dringhouses, Copmanthorpe, Glasshoughton Welfare, and Huntington.

Danny’s favourite Selby Town memory was from a few years back (possibly 2013/14) when Selby hosted Shaw Lane at Richard Street. At the time Shaw Lane were paying stupid money to get players to play for them, yet Selby still finished the game 3-1 winners.

Football Manager is his game of choice, and growing up Steven Gerrard was his favourite player, but the best player he has seen play live is Jermaine Defoe whose ‘pace was frightening’.

A joiner by trade, Danny lives in York and works for Future Roof fitting GRP

Chris Bilton

Chris lives in York and works as a Sports Marketing Intern at York St John.

He has previously played for York City FC, Huntington Rovers, and Osbaldwick FC.

He has had numerous highlights in his sporting career, from gaining back-to-back promotions to winning county cups. But his favourite moment in football so far was representing York City FC at junior level until the age of 15.

Chris usually plays in the centre of midfield but can also play further forward.

He also plays cricket for Woodhouse Grange CCin the North Yorkshire Premiership which shows how seriously he takes his sport.

Charlie Clamp

Lives in York with his partner and 3 month old baby boy. Works in Insurance for Aviva.

He has previously played for Leeds United, Bradford Park Avenue, Cadiz (Spain), Farsley Celtic, and Harrogate Railway.
His favourite moment with Selby Town was beating Tadcaster Albion 2-0 to make the final of the West Riding Cup, which will be played against his old club Farsley Celtic!
He’d choose football manager over FIFA or PES, and is a big fan of Paul Scholes.

Charlie’s claim to fame is winning the first team bleep test at Leeds United, relegating Robert Snodgrass into 2nd!

Charlie plays in midfield with the number 8 shirt.

Will Ramsay
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Will was recently married and lives locally in Brayton near Selby, and is a technical training and apprenticeships account manager. 

He plays as a defensive midfielder , but also covers centre-back and right-back with the number 4 shirt.

He has previously played for Riccall, Pontefract, Goole and Armthorpe. But most will remember him for his time at Selby Town.

Will is a Football Manager gamer, and is a fan of old school players like Keane and Viera – you don’t get rivalries like them anymore.

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Ryan Woodhead
Right Back

Lives in Scarborough, and currently in his 3rd year of a sport coaching degree at York St. John University.

Previously played for Pickering, Garforth, Tadcaster and Bridlington.
Best moment in a Selby Town shirt was the 3-2 win away at Eccleshill – “it was a really tough game and thought we all worked hard to get the win and it feels great when it’s a close hard fought game, the win Tuesday night was pretty good as well (against Tadcaster Albion in the West Riding County Cup)”.
Ryan would choose Football Manager over FIFA or PES, and as a Middlesbrough fan, he looked up to Juninho – “because he was just quality on the ball and loved watching him play”.
He usually plays right back with the number 2 shirt, but also occasionally plays right wing as a number 7.

Harry Bissett

Harry lives in York, and is currently studying sports and coaching.

He has previously played for Dringhouses.

Harry’s best time so far with Selby Town was stepping up to take a penalty in Selby’s win over Bradford Park Avenue in the West Riding County Cup – a penalty he calmly put away, helping to win the game.

He is 100% a FIFA player, and thinks he is the uncrowned FIFA king, something Ben Lock might dispute?

Harry’s proud of the fact that when his dad (former footballer Nick Bissett) played at Old Trafford in the FA Cup, he ‘tore Ryan Giggs to shreds’ – good man!

Harry is a forward and usually wears the number 17 shirt.

Lucas Wilson

At just 16 years old, he has previously played for Heworth, Easingwold town, York and District, North Yorkshire county side, and Osbaldwick F.C.
Prefers to play in central attacking midfield, but can play in any attacking position.
His favourite moment in football so far was scoring 2 goals for North Yorkshire against Durham to go through to the Northern counties semi final.
A life long Liverpool fan.

Liam Flanagan
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Liam works as a painter and decorator and has previously played for Chesterfield.

His favourite moment for selby was “probably scoring 3 goals in the quarter finals against Halifax Town”, as well as scoring the second goal against Tadcaster Albion which put the game out of Tadcaster’s reach, leading to Selby Town progressing to the final of the West Riding County Cup,

Liam is a FIFA player and his favourite player is Javier Hernandez. It is unknown as to whether his FIFA skills are as good as his Selby Town playing career, but he holds the honour of scoring the 3000th goal in Selby Town’s long history, a fantastic achievement.

Liam is a centre forward and wears the number 9 shirt. Both Liam and Joe Dale make a formidable strike partnership with numerous goals between them.

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Josh Walker
Forward - Sponsored by Unicorn Flying Club

Josh is kindly sponsored for 2019/20 by the Unicorn Flying Club

Joe Dale
Left Wing

Originally from York, Joe now lives, and works in Hull as a P.E. Teacher.

He has previously played for Poppleton United, and Pickering Town.
His favourite moment with Selby Town was beating Tadcaster Albion 2-0 to make the final of the West Riding Cup.
He’d choose football manager over FIFA or PES, and Henrik Larsson was his hero growing up.

Currently Selby Town’s top scorer 2017/2018, and plays left-wing under the number 11 shirt.