NCEL Division One – 29th September 2020
The Robins were down to the bare bones, with walking wounded in the team, and only one fit substitute. However,that scarcely accounts for a performance, which had few positives. On the night Selby Town were miles behind their opponents , and have goalkeeper, Dylan Parkin, to thank for keeping the score line somewhere near respectable.
Three home games, and no points. Alarm bells are ringing. Town eagerly await the return of some of their missing players, and some reinforcements, so that they can accumulate points to take them away from the bottom of the table.
Team wise Selby reverted to their familiar 4-3-3 formation, Cam Collins switching to left back. Myles Lawman came into the centre midfield to partner Charlie Clamp, and Ryan Cooper. In the absence of the injured Josh Street, and the departed Mark Simpson, Zeph Thomas played up front, with Liam Flanagan, and Jon-Paul Vass.
Town could only name four substitutes, including two injured, and the goalkeeping coach.
In the first half hour of the game there was not a great deal of goal mouth action from either side, but the pattern for the whole match was set.
Skegness Town, looked bigger, stronger, fitter, and more organised. They swarmed around any Selby player with the ball, then, when they had won it, the ball was moved quickly, and crisply through their midfield, and up to the front men. Town could not cope. Forward passes were a rarity, being replaced with long balls forward. Easy for the Skegness defence. Skegness were standing off the Selby back line safe in the knowledge that a hoof forward would follow , and possession would be gifted back, and yet another attack could be launched.
Skegness were forced into an early substitution but this made no difference to the pattern of the match.
The Robins back line were finding the pace, and movement of the opposition a real problem. It was no surprise when a desperate tackle ended up with a booking, this time for Cam Collins.
It looked like a busy night for Dylan Parkin, and sure enough he was soon employed making stops, and claiming crosses. The nearest Selby came to what could be called an attack was a Ryan Cooper foray curtailed by the offside flag. Jon-Paul Vass made a run down the left and sent in a good looking cross that the Skegness ‘keeper claimed. The Robins were not playing the football to make coordinated attacks involving more than one player at a time.
There was more by way of injury woe for Selby. After about 20 minutes Cam Collins went down, and after lengthy treatment was replaced by Joe Matique. This meant a reshuffle. Jon- Paul Vass dropped into the left back slot. Liam Flanagan moved over to the left of the attack, with the substitute playing on the right.
It was no surprise when Skegness took the lead. A burst down the left side of the Selby defence left Brett Lucas for dead. The ball was played into the middle, giving Cenk Acar the easy task of sliding the ball home free of any attentions from a defender in red.
Selby tried to respond immediately. Jon-Paul vas was inches away from setting Zeph Thomas free. Joe Matique was making his mark, and created Town’s best chance of the half. His cross from the right was met by Ryan Cooper’s head. Unfortunately, a top save from James Lambley in the Skegness goal prevented an equaliser.
More Skegness pressure, and more work for Dylan Parkin, but it was not long before The Lilywhites extended their lead. Again it was that man Cenk Acar who scored. He cut in from the left leaving Nick Kennedy trailing in his wake, before slotting the ball past the exposed Selby Town stopper.
The half time whistle sounded, Selby glad to get back to their changing room only two goals down.
In the first minute of the second half Selby Town hopes were raised, as Joe Matique won the ball in front of goal. Unfortunately he shot wide from a good position.
This proved to be but a temporary respite, as Skegness further extended their lead just a couple of minutes later. A charging run down Selby’s left flank was topped off with a cross into, oft times Selby nemesis, Danny Trott. With time, and space aplenty, he smashed the ball home.
To their credit The Robins kept fighting. Zeph Thomas was fouled as he tried to get a shot away. Brett Lucas took the free kick only for his attempt at goal to bounce back off the wall. Some good football found Liam Flanagan with space on the left edge of the penalty area, but he just couldn’t find the shot he wanted, as the ball sailed over the bar. Charlie Clamp hit his shot over the bar, when the ball was cleared to him from a corner.
All this time Skegness were looking dangerous. Dylan Parkin had to tip a rocket of a free kick over his bar. Skegness had an almighty spell of pressure, shots being desperately blocked, and the post being struck, before the ball was finally headed wide, much to Selby Town relief.
Skegness Town were defending deep, looking to protect their lead, and rely on counter attacks. They became a little too casual. Liam Flanagan was finding some space on the left and was putting in crosses, and leading the full back a merry dance. Eventually he managed to pull one back for The Robins. Beating his man and cutting in from the left, his goal bound shot was deflected over the despairing dive of the Skegness ‘keeper.
None of the Selby fans present seriously considered that a fightback was on the cards. Dylan Parkin was on hand to make a point blank save to deny Daniel Trott a second, and had to repeat the feat shortly after.
It wouldn’t be long before there was another goal for the away side. The perfect ball was played into Daniel Durkin, running unchallenged into the inside left channel. Dylan Parkin rushed out to meet him, but hesitated just enough to allow the forward to get there first, and chip the ball over him.
Any suggestions that the goalkeeper might have been at fault were soon dispelled, as he made not one, but two terrific point blank saves, to retain a modicum of respectability for Town.
Town players trooped off, a well beaten side. Hopefully there will be some help available for Saturday, as The Robins travel to Parkgate for their first away game of the league season. Support is needed, please do your best to be there, and behind the lads.
Report by Phil Dearnley
Selby Town: Dylan Parkin, Nick Kennedy, Cam Collins, Myles Lawman, Ryan Gothard, Brett Lucas, Ryan Cooper, Charlie Clamp, Liam Flanagan, Zeph Thomas, Jon- Paul Vass.
Subs: Tom Shepherd, Joe Matique, Reuben Pearse, George Bissett.
Skegness Town: James Lambley, Joshua Nichol, Kieran Wressle, Jason Field, Cenk Acar, Tom Sawyer, Daniel Brooks, Josh Morrall, Elliot Broughton, Daniel Trott, Daniel Durkin.
Subs: Adam Millson, Gary King, Alfie Usher, Jordan Potts, James Petronzio.