NCEL Division One – 05th January 2019
A striking new kit, and the start of a New Year; The Robin’s centenary year. The Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium pitch looking to have benefitted from the recent lack of rain, and lack of football being played on it.
Selby Town 7 – Shirebrook Town 0
Hansen 17, 67
Widdowson OG 36
A bumper New Year crowd was able to revel in a typical Selby Town performance, as The Robins put their recent troubles well and truly behind them. From back to front the team was in imperious form, as they put Shirebrook to the sword. Goalkeeper, Pete Lawrie, resplendent in his new kit, didn’t have a serious save to make all game, whilst those in front of him totally dominated the opposition, with some delightful football being played along the way.
Will Ramsay was played at right back, with Ryan Gothard able to resume at centre back. Chris Bilton returned tomidfield. The returning Gary Collier was on the bench, alongside Carl Stewart. Debutant Ross Boyle was also named as a substitute.
The game didn’t start well for Selby as Joe Dale was forced off after only three minutes of the match, meaning an early return to action for Gary Collier. He took the right side with Fraser Hansen going left.
Town were in no mood to let this upset them as they quickly took the lead. A central fee kick, about 30 yards out, was touched on by Liam Flanagan to Louis Hutton. He fired a powerful strike into the corner of the net, for his first Selby Town goal.
Selby looked hungry for goals, and set about attacking the opposition. Chris Bilton had a header that the Shirebrook keeper was happy to gather. Liam Flanagan was just offside, when the ball was flicked on by Fraser Hansen. Gary Collier was close to getting onto a near post cross.
Shirebrook were finding it hard to make headway against a solid defence, and eager midfield. Town’s forwards were giving Shirebrook’s defenders no time to relax either. The best Shirebrook could muster was a free kick in a dangerous area that Selby were glad to block.
It didn’t take long for The Robins to add to their lead, as Fraser Hansen scored a wonderful solo goal. He ran through the middle of the opposition defence, with a mazy run that took him past three would be tacklers. He then calmly slotted the ball past Levi Owen, in the Shirebrook goal, leaving the crowd in raptures.
It took an excellent last ditch tackle from Will Ramsay to prevent a Shirebrook response as they tried hard to get back into the match.
Selby were not to be kept at bay though, and unfortunatelyShirebrook right back, Carter Widdowson, had a spell to forget.
Firstly, a foul on Liam Flanagan, gave away a free kick on Selby’s left, and earned him a booking for his trouble. Then, the free kick was crossed into the near post. Up popped Gary Collier to head a goal to mark his welcome return, and truly punish the foul.
To top it all for the defender, a couple of minutes later, his desperate, last ditch headed clearance, found its way into the Selby net.
The Robins, four goals to the good, their supporters all smiles, as they cruised to halftime.
The second half kicked off, and it seemed as if Town were content to manage the game. This allowed Shirebrook to create some pressure, but the Selby defence, with Ali Ann in magnificent form, held Shirebrook at arm’s length. Having said that Ryan Gothard was booked, following committing a needless foul in the opposition half.
Selby might have taken their foot off the gas, but they still looked dangerous going forward, and it was Liam Flanagan who got in on the act next. From the edge of the area, he set off on a run, and beat his man. He then unleashed a glorious shot, which whistled past the goalkeeper, and nestled in the top corner of the net.
Fraser Hansen then grabbed his second of the game. The goalkeeper managed to beat out a Liam Flanagan shot which fell to Fraser Hansen. He seemed to lose the chance, as he was forced away from goal, but a cheeky back heel was enough to bamboozle the keeper, and find the net.
The scoring finally came to an end, when a deep free kick was nodded back towards the six yard area by Ali Ann. Chris Bilton nipped in to head the ball past the stranded keeper.
Selby were able to see the game out easily after this, although they still had their moments. Substitute Reuben Pearse, of all people, nearly got on the end of a through ball, it taking a brave save to deny him a rare goal.
Ross Boyle was introduced for his first appearance in a Selby Town shirt.
The win sees Selby retain their seventh position, but the table is looking increasingly cluttered, and a win next week, at Skegness Town, could see real progress up the table. The fans will be looking for Town to continue the style and panache shown today, down by the sea next week.
Manager Christian Fox had this to say, ” A very pleasing performance and obviously the result on the back of that. What’s pleasing most is the way we went about the game and we looked in total control from the first minute. I’d like to thank everyone involved in the club especially the volunteers and fans who have continued to support us through good and bad times. The ups and downs of football are always magnified so we will keep our feet on the ground and continue to work hard from now until the end of the season and we will see where it takes us. It was a great crowd today and they definitely were the 12th man for us. “
Selby Town: Pete Lawrie, Will Ramsay, Alex Robinson, Chris Bilton, Ryan Gothard, Ali Ann, Fraser Hansen, Jordan Snodin, Liam Flanagan, Louis Hutton, Joe Dale.
Subs: Carl Stewart, Gary Collier, Ross Boyle, Ryan Woodhead, Reuben Pearse.
Shirebrook Town: Levi Owen, Carter Widdowson, Brandon Clarke, Bradley Wilson, Chris Timons, Joe Cheesman, Bradley Swain, Billy Simpson, George Simpson, Brad Holmes, Samuel Martin.
Subs: Thomas Widdowson, Ben Burbanks, Liam Widdowson.