Report: Armthorpe Welfare 1 – 2 Selby Town

April 14, 2019

NCEL Division One – 13th April 2019

It is a reporter’s nightmare, that there might be a match with nothing to report, and for long periods, this match looked like it was such a match. Fortunately, a scrappy, largely nondescript, game came to life in the last ten minutes, with The Robins doing just enough to claim all three points.  

Armthorpe Welfare 1                                                                                     Selby Town 2       

Craig Aspinall  89                                                                                           Ryan Woodhead 81

                                                                                                                         Gary Collier 84

Attendance 83

It was a sunny, spring day, as a much changed Selby Town team took the field in front of a crowd, with a good proportion of the fans having made the short trip from Selby. 

Zac Lawrence returned at left back, with Joe Dunnett back, alongside him. Jordan Snodin  returned to midfield duties, with Chris Bilton and Charlie Clamp. Ryan Woodhead, Gary Collier, and Fraser Hansen made up a front three. Although Selby named five substitutes, only Reuben Pearse, was actually available on the bench.

Town were resplendent in their black and white away kit.

A minutes applause was held  in memory of John Steeples, who died recently. He had served both , Armthorpe Welfare, and Selby Town, with distinction.

A bucket collection raised £80 for the mental health charity, Mind.

The game kicked off, and Selby took general control, of what was a very scrappy game of football. Selby were generally in charge of proceedings at the back, and in the midfield, but were not able to find the right passes to penetrate up front.

Gary Collier was played in by a good passing move only to spoil things with a miscued shot. Ryan Woodhead shot straight at the ‘ keeper, who was later forced to make a good sprawling save from Gary Collier. Jordan Snodin ,and Zac Lawrence tried their luck with long range free kicks, but to no avail.

Armthorpe struggled to create anything, and were largely restricted to playing long balls over the top of the Town defence which coped readily with the threat. The Armthorpe forwards were regularly caught in the offside trap, and it wasn’t until just before the halftime whistle that Armthorpe had an attempt on the Selby goal.

It was certainly no surprise, that the game was  goalless at halftime. 

Before the second half commenced, The Robins were requested to change their tops, and so played the second half in Armthorpe away shirts. 

This did not materially improve the game, although Armthorpe were much improved. They were having more of the possession, and were looking more threatening going forward.

Pete Lawrie was forced into making a save, and Selby were glad to scramble the ball away as it bounced around their penalty area. Town were fortunate as an Armthorpe player failed to connect with a cross, with only the Selby ‘keeper to beat. Armthorpe had the ball in the net only to be caught by the offside flag, yet again. Josh Dacre put in a timely block to intercept a goal bound shot.

Going forward The Robin’s were even less threatening than they had been in the first half. Armthorpe were in the ascendency, so meaningful Town attacks became a rarity. Josh Dacre headed over from a free kick when well placed.

It seemed as if neither side would find enough, to score the goal the game so desperately needed.  

However, that all changed just over ten minutes from the end. Selby had not had, an on target, attempt at goal all half, but managed to score from their very first. The ball was played up to Gary Collier who had his back to goal. He did well to half turn, and play the ball into Ryan Woodhead, as he made a run towards the Armthorpe goal. Running behind the Armthorpe defence, Ryan Woodhead coolly slipped the ball past the advancing goalkeeper, and watched, as it rolled into the opposite corner of the net.      

As is often the case , the goal prompted a flurry of activity. Armthorpe pressed forward  in an attempt to get back on terms, allowing Selby to capitalise by scoring a second goal. 

The ball was played forward into space, and Chris Bilton who seizing his chance, charged through the space in the Armthorpe defence, bearing down on goal. As he advanced, he drew the Armthorpe  ‘keeper, before squaring the ball to Gary Collier, who made no mistake.  

Far from giving up, The Welfare redoubled their efforts and managed to immediately reduce the arrears. A ball  was played in behind the Town defence. Pete Lawrie came way out of his goal, but was beaten to it by Armthorpe substitute,Craig Aspinall, who simply poked the ball past the goalkeeper, and into the net.

This led to a nervous last few minutes for those of a Selby Town persuasion, before the relief of the final whistle, and a welcome three points.

The Robins head to promotion chasing Hallam next Saturday, for their last away fixture of this season. Town will know that they need a point to guarantee at least a ninth place finish. They will be well aware, that anything less than their very best game, will likely result in a mauling, at the best home team in our league.  

Selby Town: Pete Lawrie, Will Ramsay, Zac Lawrence,  Charlie Clamp, Josh Dacre, Joe Dunnett, Ryan Woodhead, Jordan Snodin, Gary Collier, Chris Bilton, Fraser Hansen.

Sub: Reuben Pearse. 

Armthorpe Welfare: Alfie Stevens-Neale, Kyle Wesley,  Lee Betts, Josh O’Neill,  Steven Garner, Joshua  Bucknall, Joshua Dodd, Joshua Paskell,  Darren Mansaram, Luke Williams, Paul Sherburn.

Subs: Christopher Simpkins,  Craig Laight, Craig Aspinall, Leon Loftus, Matthew Greaves. 

Comments 6


    This was very much an end of season game with both teams relatively safe. Discussion with other ST supporters indicated this was as bad as Rossington Main. The only exciting points was the fact there was a female ref, female lines woman. No major complaints especially as there were no red cards for St, and yellows were not until the 2nd half. The last 10 minutes of a balanced but poor 90 minutes from both sides gave 3 goals, with thankfully 2 in favour of ST. Don’t think I will watch ST until the last home game.

  2. Theresa dent

    Why change of tops for Selby at half time ??????


    I understand the home team objected to the similarty between ST(black and white stripes) and the black strip of the referee?. Go figure. It was strange to see ST in a different top, with a different logo. They had to wear the red tops or skins lol & it was too cold for that!.


    Didn’t know it was the referee who objected, the comment in the ground was it was the home team, although nobody knew for definite.

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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.