Match Report: Selby Town Vs Shirebrook Town

January 6, 2019

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

Hutton 4

Hansen 17, 67

Collier 33

Widdowson OG 36

Flanagan 56

Bilton 72

Attendance 186

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.  

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Next Match

2nd July 2019
Kick off 7.30pm
Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium,
Richard Stree, Selby, YO8 4BN

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Meet the Players

© Selby Town FC 2019
Joshua Dacre
Centre Back

Joshua is 22, and plays at centre back for Selby Town in the number 5 shirt.
Living in Rotherham, Joshua has played for a number of clubs in the past including: Worksop Town, Handsworth Parramore, Pontefract Collieries, Garforth Town, Sheffield FC, Parkgate FC, and Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.
Hi greatest memory in football so far was scoring the winner for Handsworth Parramore in the FA Cup when he was just 17.
A FIFA player.

Louis Hutton

Signed by Leeds United, Louis played with them from the age of 7 until 14, before transferring to Manchester City.
Since then he has also played for Thackley.

Fraser Hansen

Fraser lives in Pocklington and has just finished 3 years at college at which he studied Sport Coaching and Business Studies.

He has played for Pocklington Town, Tadcaster Albion, Harrogate Railway, Pickering Town and most recently Hall Road Rangers.

He is inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo because “he works hard on his game, is quality going forward and a great finisher.”

He is happy to play anywhere on the field but usally seen in a wide attacking role making good use of his left foot.


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.

Ras Diamond Junior
Right Back

Ras is a new signing for the 2018/19 season.

He is 19 years old and has previously played for Harrogate Railway.

He looks up to David Alaba who plays for Bayern Munich, and if he can score free kicks like his idol he will be very welcome at the Fairfax!

Ras enjoys going to the gym, and watching documentaries about the greatest and most influential people throughout history.

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

Alex Robinson
Left WIng

Alex lives in York, and works as an electrician.

Alex has previously played for Wigginton Grasshoppers, Huddersfield Town, and Pickering Town.

He is look forward to the upcoming cup final as well as possible promotion to the Premier Division.

A FIFA player all day long, Alex also supports Leeds United.

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 Ramsey

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.

Jordan Snodin

He has previously played for Leeds United, Maltby Main, and Alfreton.

His best Selby Town memory was their fantastic win at Tadcaster Albion, where they won 2-0 to reach the final of the West Riding County Cup.

Jordan plays centre midfield and produly wears the number 8 shirt.

A FIFA player, and a fan of Lionel Messi; he once played a round of golf with ‘King Kenny’ himself – Kenny Daglish.

He has just moved into a new house with his girlfriend, and works in football for a coaching company named ‘Mini Kicks’.

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
Centre Forward

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.

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.

Gary Collier

Gary’s previously played for Knaresborough Town and Armthorpe Welfare in the NCEL, and before that he played and managed Riccall United, leading them to the York Premier title, which was the first time a Selby team had won it in 40 years or so.

“It’s only been a couple of games since I signed I scored the winner on my debut against Eccleshill but my best moment at Selby Town so far was winning against Tadcaster Albion to get to the final of the West Riding County Cup.”

Gary is a Football Manager player, and growing up as an Arsenal fan, his hero was Ian Wright so would love to be able to play like him.

In 2001, Gary joined the army, with his first day being September 11th. He watched the planes hit the towers on the news as he was signing for his kit.

Gary prefers to play as a forward and in the number 10 shirt.