FA Vase – 10th October 2020
The Robins were outclassed by 1874 Northwich, a team that were FA Vase semi- finalists in 2017/2018, and were top of the North West Counties League Premier Division by eight clear points, when the season finished last March. On today’s showing it would not be a surprise to see the 1874 Northwich team challenging for promotion again.
Selby struggled manfully, but did not have the attacking edge to really trouble their opponents. But for, yet another, stellar performance from goalkeeper Dylan Parkin, the damage may have been far, far worse.
Team wise Town lined up with the same back four as Tuesday, again missing three regulars. Zeph Thomas dropped back into midfield, to partner Charlie Clamp, and the returning Danny Snaith. Up front, no Joe Dale, nor Josh Street, but a welcome return from injury for Brad Freer, and Harry Bissett, playing alongside Captain, Liam Flanagan.
The pattern for the match was soon set, with Selby being pushed back by the movement, and passing of their opponents. A corner was met unchallenged, but headed wide. It wasn’t long before two more Northwich crosses were met with free headers, one wide of the goal, and one hitting the crossbar on its way over. Dylan Parkin was called upon to make the first of several excellent saves, and the defence in front of him did well to make two, shot saving, last ditch blocks.
Little was seen of Town as an attacking force, but they were attempting to play controlled passing football, but were oftenjust not able to get a forward in the clear. Liam Flanagan was nearly in behind, only to fall foul of the offside flag, and Brad Freer managed a shot which flew well wide of the Northwich goal. Liam Flanagan hit a shot that the Northwich ‘keeper needed to save at full stretch and, Charlie Clamp was high and wide, as Selby actually managed some pressure on the 1874 back line.
In the meantime a glorious chance was missed by 1874 as, with only Dylan Parkin to beat, the shot was hit wide of the post. The goalkeeper was forced to tip over a deflected cross. Dylan Parkin was the busiest player on the pitch, and once again was distinguishing himself.
At times the Selby goal was leading a charmed life. Dylan Parkin made a point blank save, only for the rebound to be headed past his prone body towards the goal. Looking for all the world like the opening goal, the ball hit the inside of the post, and bounced back towards the centre of the goal. The cat like Selby goalkeeper was up in a flash to dive on the loose ball. The sigh of relief from him, and the Selby faithful was almost palpable.
More Dylan Parkin heroics, but an 1874 goal was inevitable. A cross to the back post was knocked back to Matt Wooley at the edge of the area, with time, and space in front of him. He made no mistake in firing the ball home.
More 1874 pressure, and another Dylan Parkin save. Liam Preston made a crucial headed clearance to prevent more problems.
Somehow, The Robins were still in the game. A Town free kick caused problems and, from the resulting corner, a Cam Collins header flew over the top. 1-0 down at half time after being under the cosh, but still a flicker of hope for the second half.
The Selby Town curse was soon evident, as Charlie Clamp could not take his place for the second half, to be replaced by Reuben Pearse. The Robins almost immediately got on the score sheet. Liam Flanagan played in the charging Harry Bissett. Bearing down on goal, the young forward took one tentative touch too many, allowing a covering defender to get a block on his goal bound effort.
That flicker of hope present at half time was soon extinguished. A ball was played down the side of the Town defence, where Brett Lucas’s lack of pace, and lack of cover, was brutally exposed by Jake Parker. After beating the labouring centre back for pace, he cut inside before beating Dylan Parkin to extend the 1874 lead.
The Northwich attack kept on coming. Danny Snaith got himself booked for a trip. Dylan Parkin was called upon again. Liam Preston was very fortunate not to score a spectacular own goal, as his clearance hit the inside of the post before, somehow bouncing clear. Town were grateful that some of the 1874 finishing wasn’t quite as ruthless as their manager would have liked.
After Zeph Thomas was replaced, to give a Selby Town debut to Harvey Johns; two point blank misses by the same Northwich forward sandwiched Liam Preston entering the referee’s notebook.
Dylan Parkin was racking up more, and more incredible saves.
For all they were being dominated, Town were still looking for that chance to get on the score sheet to make the last few minutes nervous for their hosts. They nearly got that chance as Harvey Johns showed blistering pace down the left to leave two defenders trailing before putting in a cross to be attacked by Liam Flanagan and Harry Bissett. Unfortunately, try as they might, they couldn’t break free of their defenders enough to get a clear shot on goal.
As 1874 made substitutions, any last hopes for Selby were gone as Aaron Smith was given yet another chance in front of goal. He made no mistake to make the 1874 Northwich lead unassailable.
As the game wound down, there was still time for Harry Bissett to earn himself a booking.
Well beaten in the end, but still some positives from a performance, better than that of last Tuesday. Town now have a whole week before they play their next match away to local rivals Glasshoughton Welfare. A crunch game because The Welfare are the only other team in our league without a point.
Hopefully a week will give some time to work on a few things, and get some players back from injury.
It’s only fifteen miles. Make sure that you are there to support the team. They need all the support that they can muster.
1874 Northwich: Tony Aghayere, Sam Hind, Matt Russell, James Ormrod, Mark Jones, Jake Parker, Harry Cain, Matt Wooley © , Aaron Smith, Sam Hare, Taylor Kennerley.
Subs: Ryan Mitchell, Lucas Weir, Jack Irlam, Joe O’Brien, Callum Gardner.
Goal Scorers: Matt Wooley28’, Jake Parker 49’, Aaron Smith 78’
Selby Town: Dylan Parkin, Liam Preston, Jon-Paul Vass, Danny Snaith, Cam Collins, Brett Lucas, Harry Bissett, Zeph Thomas, Liam Flanagan©, Charlie Clamp, Brad Freer.
Subs: Joe Matique, Reuben Pearse, Harvey Johns, Tom Shepherd.