NCEL Division One – April 9th 2019
Last Wednesday’s, result and performance, raised hopes that,Selby had rediscovered their away form. Unfortunately the performance against Rossington confirmed that not to be the case. Lacking the intensity and energy, displayed last week, at no time did the Robins impose themselves on the game enough to deserve any reward .
|Rossington Main||1||–||0||Selby Town FC|
|Jonathan Fusco 20’|
Once again continuity was the order of the day. The team was as per the selection that performed so well against Parkgate, last Wednesday, apart from a debut for new signing Alex Burton, in place of the absent Gary Collier.
The game started with Rossington on the front foot. They clearly set out to play with high energy and high pressing so pushed Selby back. Rossington favoured the high ball over the top , missing out the midfield. Selby were unable to impose their game on proceedings, and were having to resort, too often, to the long ball themselves. New signing ,Alex Burton, looked a useful physical presence up front , giving the opposition plenty to think about. Unfortunately the service to him wasn’t good, and the support given even worse. He soon earned himself a booking for a challenge, that the refereedeemed to be over enthusiastic.
It is a cliché that you have to win your individual battles to play your football. Selby just did not do this, and were usuallythe losers in any 50/50 challenges. They looked physically second best.
The result was a number of chances for Rossington .Fortunately, for Selby, their opponents failed to take full advantage , else the game would have been over by halftime. Rossington ,had three shots which went over the bar from a forward, well placed. Selby hearts were in mouths as a Rossington man, ran into goalkeeper, Peter Lawrie. The referee ignored energetic shouts for a penalty.
The ‘keeper was showing signs of insecurity , faced with opposition forwards charging towards him in pursuit of long balls. A mistake under a corner led to a melee, which The Robins were relieved to eventually clear.
Rossington had the ball in the net only to be denied by the offside flag. It did not take long for Rossington to get the goal that their dominance deserved.
When Selby had the ball ,their play was slow, and laboured, allowing the opposition to crowd the man with the ball, to regain possession. So it was that Rossington regained the ball just inside their half. They advanced down Selby’s right before passing the ball inside to Jonathan Fusco on the left side of Town’s penalty area. There was no Robin to close him down, and he clipped a well placed shot into the top right hand side of Pete Lawrie’s goal.
Selby pushed forward immediately , and were very nearly caught out by a swift Rossington counter attack. Main shot wide when well placed.
Town were struggling to establish any sort of rhythm , but at last did get a shot on target via a Liam Flanagan free kick from about twenty five yards out. He forced the Rossington keeper to make a fine save to push the ball out. There followed a goal area scramble, but unfortunately Charlie Clamp was only able to shoot over, as the ball was played back to him.
Rossington’s goalkeeper made a mess of a clearance, but unfortunately Ryan Woodhead didn’t get the time he needed to fire a shot on target, as the goal gaped.
The halftime whistle arrived with some very disgruntled Selby fans heading for their half time drink.
Fraser Hansen replaced Ryan Woodhead at halftime.
Rossington continued to press high, and hard, and soon had the first chance of the half, with a shot going wide. However , The Robins were obviously intent on being more competitive, and playing their football. They began to take control of the game, but unfortunately didn’t look like they possessed the sharpness up front, to score . Both teams were playing long ball football, and the ball sent a lot of time in the air, being kicked between the respective defences.
Selby spent most of the half huffing, and puffing, but in reality goal chances were few, and far between. Charlie Clamp had Town’s best chance , heading wide from close range, after Rossington failed to properly clear a corner.
Substitute Lucas Wilson volleyed just wide when well placed, and Alex Burton couldn’t find a way past the ‘keeper when played in behind the defence.
Rossington had chances to extend their lead, and Pete Lawrie was forced into making a point blank block as a Rossington player got behind the Town defence, with the offside flag preventing profit from the rebound. Rossington hit the side netting from a free kick as the match came to a close.
The match had always been a little “tetchy” but as the players made their way into the changing room there was an altercation, marked by desperate whistling by the referee.
Selby fans will be looking for better, as the Robins make another trip to Doncaster, Armthorpe Welfare this time, for this weekend’s game.
Selby Town: Pete Lawrie, Will Ramsay, Jordan Snodin, Danny Snaith, Gary Lumley, Josh Dacre,Ryan Woodhead, Chris Bilton, Liam Flanagan, Alex Burton, Charlie Clamp.
Subs: Fraser Hansen, Reuben Pearse, L ucas Wilson, Ross Boyle, Christian Fox.
Rossington Main: Callum Fielding, Robert Ludlam,Tim Whittaker, Harry Bamforth, Joshua Gibbons, Tyler Bradley, Jason Stokes, Joe Turner, Jonathan Fusco, Iren Wilson, Jack Crook.
Subs: Jordan Buckham, Alec Denton, Lee Holmes, Jamie Hastings.