Report: Selby Town 0 – 2 Winterton Rangers

March 8, 2020

NCEL Division One – 7th March 2020

The Robin’s largest crowd of the season, the biggest crowd in the league on the day, saw a tight, tense match of the highest quality, and well befitting of a top of the table clash. Generally, a terrific advert for non- league football. 

Unfortunately, Town were beaten by the better team on the day, to continue their poor home record against the top sides. Winterton played the occasion, and the erratic referee, far better than Selby did. In a match of relatively few chances, the Selby attack was well contained, with Winterton enjoying the best of what chances there were. 

With Josh Rogerson serving the last game of his suspension, Nick Kennedy continued at right back. Carl Stewart commenced a lengthy suspension, so Danny Frost moved up front, allowing Danny Snaith to return in midfield. New signing Archie Brown was on the bench. 

As might be expected there was a real intensity about the play, but, at first, neither side could make the opposing goalkeeper work.  

Winterton had an early shot from range that went well wide. Selby responded with a mazy run from Casey Stewart, which ended with a Liam Flanagan shot being deflected wide, and a header over the bar from the resultant corner. 

The Ranger’s defence found the trickery of Casey Stewart, and Liam Flanagan, difficult to deal with all game. Unfortunately The Robins were never really able to get anyone else on the same wavelength.

The cut and thrust continued, Winterton managed to get in behind, only to see Town’s defence smuggle the ball away. Liam Flanagan could only manage a weak shot when he found a modicum of space. Ryan Gothard was forced to head a goal bound shot away for a corner, whilst at the other end both Casey Stewart, and Liam Flanagan had shots, which didn’t trouble the Winterton ‘keeper. 

The first clear cut chance of the game came Winterton’s way, courtesy of a blatant push on Ryan Gothard, somehow missed by the referee. The push allowed a Rangers forward to advance on goal. Fortunately, he hesitated just a fraction, allowing Nick Kennedy to block the attempt on goal with a terrific, last ditch, tackle. 

This came in a period when Rangers had Selby pinned down in their own penalty area. A Winterton forward fell down in the penalty area, claiming a penalty, even though there was no Selby player nearby. There was a sigh of relief, that the referee ignored the shouts. 

There were a number of free kicks awarded to both sides around the edges of the penalty area. In the main “soft” fee kicks. Liam Flanagan hit a free kick over the bar. After a Winterton attacker broke through, and shot wide, a Rangers free kick landed on the roof of the Selby net. 

Danny Frost played in Liam Flanagan, but he just couldn’t find the finish. 

More free kicks, Casey Stewart hitting over the top this time. Another saw the ball played to Danny Frost who was just over the bar with is effort. 

A Winterton attacker breezed past the Selby defence only to see goalkeeper, Dylan Parkin, out quickly to block his shot.  Selby’s best passing move of the match, inevitably involving Casey Stewart, saw a Liam Flanagan miss as he was through on goal. He was somewhat relieved to see that he had been caught offside, so the miss didn’t really matter. 

No goals at half time, with the Selby faithful wondering if the Robin’s attack could create some better chances in the second half.  

The second half continued with the same intensity. As before,The Robins were finding it hard to create anything, their attack being well martialled by the Winterton defence. Danny Snaith soon found his way into the referee’s note book. 

A series of Winterton free kicks created pressure on the Selby goal. One kick just cleared the bar, and another created a scramble that meant Casey Stewart, of all people, had to put in a timely block to prevent a goal chance. 

All this time Town were pushing forward but were being repulsed by the blue wall that was the Winterton defence. Selby chances were few and far between, as the game looked to be heading for a stalemate. 

The tale of the match, Liam Flanagan almost broke free on goal, only to be denied a run at the goalkeeper by a last ditch clearance. He then hit a shot just over the bar. 

Ryan Gothard was the next Town player to see a yellow card, which resulted in a free kick, and a Winterton header just wide. Later, Brett Lucas also incurred the wrath of the referee,after a mistimed tackle. 

Selby were trying hard to build up a head of steam. Danny Frost’s goal bound shot was diverted away. Danny Snaith volleyed a shot that flew just wide. Casey Stewart had a shot that was saved, then sent in a cross that Sam Cable headed just wide of the post. 

In an attempt to make something happen, Danny Snaith was withdrawn to be replaced by Josh Walker. Danny Frost had another attempt which went wide, as he started to make more progress against the Winterton back line. 

As is often the case when a team is pressing hard to manufacture a goal, they get caught out in defence. Sure enough Winterton broke through, with the Selby defence scrambling to get back into position. First of all Dylan Parkin went down bravely to block the first effort, only for the ball to fall to another marauding Rangers forward. Ryan Gothard put his body on the line to block his goal-bound effort. Unluckily, the ball again broke to a Winterton forward, Luke Anderson, who had no Selby defender to trouble him as he had the easiest of tasks to slot the ball home. 

The Winterton fans, and players were understandably elated. There was to be no lack of focus in the last few minutes, as Winterton set about protecting their lead. It was a frustrating last few minutes for Town, as they struggled to get possession, then create anything from that possession. 

The coup de grace came in the last minute, and was a true break- away goal. Town had a corner, and sent everyone into the opposition penalty area, including goalkeeper Dylan Parkin. The Winterton defence cleared the ball, as it had all afternoon, before sweeping the ball into the path of substituteCraig Nelthorpe. He was able to run onto the ball, from inside his own half, before advancing, unchallenged, to roll the ball into the empty Selby net. 

The final whistle blew immediately after the restart, Selby players, and fans feeling very downcast.

A blow to Selby’s hopes, but not a knockout punch. Town have to regroup quickly for Tuesday’s match at Dronfield, then next Saturday’s match at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium against Armthorpe Welfare.

The Robins need your support more than ever. Your backing is much appreciated, please make every effort to be at these matches. 

Report by Phil Dearnley

Attendance 410

Selby Town: Ryan Parkin, Nick Kennedy, Luke Sellers, Myles Lawman, Ryan Gothard, Brett Lucas, Casey Stewart, Danny Snaith, Liam Flanagan, Danny Frost , Sam Cable. 

Subs: Ali Ann, Archie Brown, Josh Walker, Jamie Phillips, Mahamadu Ceesay Danso.

Winterton Rangers: Nathan Popple, Liam Nelthorpe, Paul Grimes, Jack Varley, Chaz Fisher, Callum Foster, Jaime Ture, Joshua Street, Luke Anderson, Nathan Peat, Callum Chapman.      

Comments 1

  1. W. Fieldhouse

    The most exciting game of the season & probably the correct result. The second goal was pure fantasy football. We still have to play Winterton at theirs. Hopefully get the same result as last season. I do hope both teams get promotion, but, we still have difficult games to the end of the season including Winterton, Armthorpe and Campion. Nice to see a supportive home crowd, long may it continue.

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Ryan Gothard
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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
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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.

Nick Kennedy
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Nick is just starting out as a labourer, but hopes to travel the world playing football.

Previously played for York City and Bodens BK.

He hasn’t been at the club long, but his best memory so far is winning against Tadcaster Albion in the semi final of the West Riding County Cup.

Nick is also a FIFA player (that Selby Town FIFA tournament is gaining players by the minute), and he looks up to Sergio Ramos, because he is a “goal scoring centre back”.

Nick is versatile and can play as a full back or striker, wearing the number 6 or number 9 shirt depending on his position.


Nick is kindly sponsored for 2018/19 by David Reynolds.

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

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.

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.

Carl Stewart
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Carl is a striker and wears the number 10 shirt.

At 28, Carl has had experience at a high level with a number of clubs, most recently Tadcaster Albion and Pickering Town, Carl will be ideal support for our leading scorer’s Liam Flanagan and Joe Dale.

He works in York as a ground worker.

His greatest moment in football was scoring against his home city on Boxing Day, and then playing the reverse fixture on New Years Day in front of 4,000.

A Fifa player, Carl’s footballing icon is Gazza – a true, passionated Englishman.

Carl is kindly sponsored by LR Joinery.

Liam Flanagan
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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.

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Josh Walker
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Josh is kindly sponsored for 2019/20 by the Unicorn Flying Club