NCEL Division One – 29th January 2020
A significant proportion of the Parkgate crowd were vociferous Selby Town fans, who saw The Robins surrender any thoughts of a clean sheet, very early doors. Town stuttered, somewhat, to reach halftime on level terms, but the Selby goal machine roared into life, after ten minutes of the second half, and there was then, only ever going to be the one winner.
Sam Cable was absent, meaning Josh Walker returned to the starting line- up. Otherwise the team was the same as that on Saturday. There was a welcome return to the bench for Ali Ann.
After an early Josh Walker foray, it was Parkgate who exerted the pressure, forcing goalkeeper, Teddy Marris to pluck a dangerous cross out of the air. Selby responded, a slick passing movement presenting Liam Flanagan with a shooting chance, which he drilled wide.
Town were rocked when Parkgate took an early lead. An unfortunate slip, from a Selby defender allowed Brandon Bagley to progress down Selby’s right. He advanced on goal before slotting past Teddy Marris.
Carl Stewart almost came up with the perfect response straight from the restart, as his shot flew just over the bar.Town were struggling to contain their hosts, and Teddy Marris was called into action again, grateful that the shot was directly at him.
Town were having some success, when passes were being played along the ground into the path of a runner. Sure enough it didn’t take long before such a move, provided the chance for Liam Flanagan to level the scores. He was found, via a defensive header, close to the penalty spot, with enough time, and space to shoot past the stranded goalkeeper.
Any thoughts that Selby would seize control of the game, were quickly dispelled, as the rest of the half saw end to end football, with both sides creating, and missing, a number of good chances.
Carl Stewart almost set up Liam Flanagan, who again fired wide, whilst a dangerous Parkgate attack was curtailed by the offside flag. Parkgate were sure that they had scored as Teddy Marris scrambled to hold a shot. Selby fans were relieved to see, that the Referee, and his Assistant, did not believe that the ball had crossed the goal- line. A defensive mistake allowed a Parkgate run on goal, but the forward could not find the target from a tight angle.
At the other end The Robins were creating chances of their own. Carl Stewart, and Liam Flanagan were proving a handful for the Parkgate defence. Liam Flanagan really should have scored, when Casey Stewart played him in with only the ‘keeper to beat. A point blank save from the goalkeeper wasenough to ensure the scores stayed level. Both Josh Walker, and Carl Stewart had chances that they failed to capitalise on. In a harbinger of things to come, Brett Lucas fired in a powerful header from a corner, only for the ball to fly just the wrong side of the bar.
So it was, the half time whistle sounded with the teams level.The Selby faithful were certainly hoping, that better was to come from the Robins in the second half.
After kick off it seemed those hopes would not be realised. Parkgate were eager, and looked like they had a point to prove. In the ten minutes after the break, they were swarming all over Town, who were having to defend desperately. When Selby did win the ball, they were unable to play out, and so attacks came back at them in waves. Parkgate did have the ball in the Selby net, but only after the offside flag had been raised. Fortunately, dogged defending meant that Parkgate couldn’t manufacture any other good chances.
The Parkgate onslaught blew itself out, as Selby earned themselves a toe hold in the second half. Casey Stewart had a good run at the Parkgate back line, and Carl Stewart had a shot which was just wide.
Then came the incident which turned the game in Selby’s favour. Josh Rogerson ran powerfully into the penalty area, turning a defender whose desperate tackle upended him. Despite Parkgate protests, the Referee and Assistant were certain that a penalty had been conceded.
Up stepped Carl Stewart, to confidently fire past the goalkeeper, and put The Robins in the lead.
The Steelmen’s repost saw a shot flash across the face of goal, but this time Selby did take advantage of their deflated hosts, to take control of the game. It wasn’t long before Town scored again. A head of steam had seen Selby win a succession of corners, and from one of them Brett Lucas was able to score the first goal, of his second coming to the club. A good delivery was met by Brett Lucas, in time and space, with the inevitable result, as he powered his header past the goalkeeper.
Selby were really in the ascendancy now, and another goal soon arrived. After Luke Sellers’s crucial part in the winning goal last Saturday, he capped a good few day for himself, by scoring The Robin’s fourth goal. Good work saw him rob a dithering Parkgate defender on the left side. He then accelerated into the penalty area passing another labouring defender, before calmly shooting past the goalkeeper.
The intensity went out of the game, but Selby could still have scored more goals. Carl Stewart went close, as did Liam Flanagan. Liam Flanagan again had a one on one with the opposition ‘keeper but delayed his shot just a little too long allowing a save to be made. Casey Stewart tested the goalkeeper with a free kick that he bent around the wall.
There was some tetchiness creeping into the game. Christian Fox was unhappy with the referee and was booked for his protests. Parkgate’s goal scorer had a rush of blood to the head with a tackle, which led to a melee involving almost all of the players. He then had the long, lonely, walk to the changing room after receiving a straight red card.
The ten men then had their best chance of the second half, a lob nearly embarrassing Teddy Marris , who injured himself, as he scrambled to claw the ball away from under the bar.
The final whistle was sounded, with the Selby team receiving an ovation from their delighted fans.
Selby Town’s fifth win on the trot, and seventh game unbeaten, sees them still in third place in the league. However, they are now only two points behind Skegness Town, with two games in hand, and the best goal difference in our league. Saturday sees fourth placed North Ferriby entertain Skegness, so there is the prospect of further enhancement, but only if The Robins win on their travels to Hall Road Rangers.
It is turning into a stellar season. Make sure you don’t miss a minute of the excitement.
Parkgate: Dylan Parkin, Richard Tootle, Freddie Russell, Matthew Crookes, Haydn Ward, Tim Whitaker, Ashley Simpson, Simon Harrison, Brandon Bagley, Zak Khalifa, Lewis Whitaker.
Subs: Richard Williams, George Morris, Jonathan Fusco, Andy Dawson.
Selby Town: Teddy Marris, Josh Rogerson, Luke Sellers, Danny Snaith, Ryan Gothard, Brett Lucas, Casey Stewart, Kain Rogerson, Liam Flanagan, Carl Stewart, Josh Walker.
Subs: Charlie Clamp, Danny Walker, Jordan Carter, Ali Ann, Myles Lawman.