NCEL League Cup
A Gary Collier goal, with literally the last kick of the match, gave the score line a flattering look, after a hard fought League Cup tie at The Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium. The result means that The Robins travel to Bradford twice next week. Wednesday 20th February is the fourth round League Cup tie against Eccleshill United, with the league match against Campion to be played a week on Saturday.
|Selby Town 3 –||Skegness Town 1|
|Flanagan 32’||Nichols 35’|
|Boswell 75’ og|
A midweek match means changes were inevitable. Daniel Montgomery made his debut in goal. Gary Lumley was in at centre half, and Will Ramsay was back in midfield. Gary Collier started on the right, with Liam Flanagan reverting to his usual central role.
Play was scrappy in a low key opening, and chances were at a premium. For Selby a good passing move between Charlie Clamp and Louis Hutton, nearly put Joe Dale through. Gary Collier sent a wild shot high and wide. Joe Dale had a good run at the opposition following a Gary Collier lay off.
Skegness Town were causing problems of their own, sitting deep, and attempting to get behind, often with the long ball over the top. The Skegness Centre back ran hard from deep, and almost put the centre forward in on goal. Selby Town were grateful to see the offside flag, when a Skegness forward collected a long ball behind their defence.
Gary Lumley was required to make a well timed tackle to stop a Skegness attack in full flow. Under pressure Selby’s new goalkeeper cleared to the feet of an attacker just outside the box, and he was glad to see the resulting shot fly over the bar.
Joe Dale shot just wide after cutting in. The Robins were good in their approach play, but all too often the final pass was ill chosen, or lacked the required precision.
When Selby got it right they opened the scoring. Joe Dunnett played the ball out of defence for Joe Dale, and Liam Flanagan to exchange neat passes, leaving Liam Flanagan with just the goalkeeper to beat.
Unfortunately the lead didn’t last long, with clever Skegness interplay putting Alex Nichols in on Selby’s left. He made no mistake, shooting across Daniel Montgomery, and into the net.
Selby pushed forward in an attempt to reassert themselves,with Louis Hutton to the fore. His shot from distance was just wide, with the goalkeeper scrambling across his line. Then Liam Flanagan set the ball back to Louis Hutton, but this time he shot over the bar. He then had a good shot saved by the goalkeeper.
Just before this Liam Flanagan had a shot saved, the ball not being fully cleared. The goalkeeper had then to produce a good save to keep out Gary Collier’s shot.
All square at half time, with all to play for.
The second half started with a sustained spell of pressure by Skegness Town. They were pressing the ball high, and making it difficult for The Robins to construct anything of note. They were passing the ball swiftly, getting the ball out wide, and their hard running threatened to overrun Selby.
Skegness Town soon hit the post, and new goalkeeper, Daniel Montgomery, had to distinguish himself on more than one occasion to keep Skegness at bay.
During this period the only chance of note for Selby came when Joe Dale was able to set off on a run, with the assistance of a kind deflection off the referee.
Mainly thanks to their goalkeeper, Selby survived, and inevitably came back into the game, as the high energy Skegness began to tire. Gary Collier was finding himself in the middle more often. He was unfortunate to send a powerful header just wide of the post, and again headed just wide after a Liam Flanagan cross from the right. Louis Hutton shimmied into the area, only for the goalkeeper to block his effort. Liam Flanagan again forced the goalkeeper into making a top save to keep him out.
Selby did manage to re- take the lead in a somewhat bizarre fashion. Substitute left back Zac Lawrence had only just come on, when he was called to take a left footed corner from Selby’s right. He was very precise in his placement of the ball in the quadrant, and took some stick from sections of the crowd as a result. His corner was whipped in, towards the near post, and looked to be a few yards short of what he intended. However, the wicked curl on the cross deceived the unfortunate Jack Boswell, who put the ball into his own net,as he attempted to clear.
Back came Skegness in an attempt to return to level terms. This time Selby were determined to hold firm, and it took two last ditch blocks to keep the opposition out, as they poured forward.
Having weathered the storm Selby, once again pressed forward. Gary Collier was well placed, but again wild with his shot.
Hearts were in mouths as Joe Dale fell awkwardly in the box, and was clearly in great pain. Fortunately, he recovered enough to hobble off the pitch, with assistance, his night clearly over.
As the game meandered to a conclusion, Selby struck the final blow, with literally the last kick of the game. It was not surprising that Skegness had been pushing men forward in an attempt to find an equaliser, but they were caught short when Gary Collier fastened onto a long ball behind their defence. He had missed easier chances, but this time reached the ball before the goalkeeper, and deftly lobbed the ball into the net.
The final whistle blew immediately after, the crowd going home happy, and looking forward to another game at The Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium this Saturday, with Worsbrough Bridge Athletic being the visitors.
Selby Town: Daniel Montgomery, Ryan Woodhead, Joe Dunnett, Will Ramsay, Gary Lumley, Chris Bilton, Gary Collier, Charlie Clamp, Liam Flanagan, Louis Hutton, Joe Dale.
Subs: Zac Lawrence, Ross Boyle, Paddy Wintie, LucasWilson, Jordan Snodin.
Skegness Town: James Lambley, Ben Sibbick, Courtney Warren, George Hobbins, Andrew Parish, Peter Evison, Harry Ralph, Jordan Smith, William Britton, Alex Nichols, Jack Boswell.
Sub: Tyler Bobb.