NCEL Division One – Saturday 7th September 2019
After making new friends last Saturday at Avro FC, next Saturday 7th September (3pm kick-off), we will reacquaint ourselves, with our old friends from Nostell Miners Welfare.
Nostell had a great season last year, eventually finishing in fifth place, a mere ten points behind the champions, Grimsby Borough. Town fans will remember that under the crazy fixtures regime of last season, we didn’t get to play Nostell until the last day of March 2019. A 1-1 draw saw The Robins gain their first away point, since early November of the previous year, and in doing so they dented Nostell’s promotion aspirations.
Nostell had their revenge at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium, in the last game of the season with a 2-5 triumph. It was a game where Town’s players seemed already “on the beach.”
As every new season begins, each, and every club sets their targets. Without exception, every club is aiming to do better this season, than they did last. Nostell will want to do better than the fifth place finish achieved last year. With four going up from our league this year, you can see that Nostell’s focus this year will be on a promotion spot.
Nostell go into our game in seventh place, but that is misleading. Most clubs around them have played five games (including Selby), or even six, whereas Nostell have played only three. They are unbeaten in the league, and it is telling that they have the second best goal difference in the league, second only to Skegness, who have just smashed seven goals past East Hull. Doubtless Nostell will be looking to charge up the table, as they catch up on league fixtures.
Their three league games, so far, have seen home victories over Ollerton Town, and Campion, coupled with a resounding away success at East Hull.
One reason for Nostell being behind in league fixtures is their FA Cup exploits. Drawn against Stockton Town, of The Northern League Division 1, in the Extra Preliminary Round,they managed a 2-2 home draw, only to succumb 5-2 in the replay.
Saturday saw them host AFC Liverpool in The FA Vase. AFC Liverpool are in our equivalent league in the North West, the league below Avro FC. Nostell secured their place in the next round with an impressive 4-1 victory.
Selby will be looking to continue their own superb unbeaten run after last Saturday’s cup win.
A real test of The Robin’s promotion credentials is in store, soyou will want to be there to lend the team your support, in this very tough fixture. Lots of you have been before and will know that Nostell Miners Welfare play at The Welfare Ground, Crofton Community Centre, Middle Lane ,New Crofton , Wakefield.
That all important SAT NAV code is WF4 1LB.
According to the AA it is less than 25 miles away, and should only take you about 40 minutes. The seating affords the best pitch view of any in the league – probably. If you haven’t been before, it is worth a visit, so go on, give it a go, and support the lads! Someone’s unbeaten record will go, in all likelihood. Can Selby keep their proud record intact?