Pre-Season Friendly – 15th August 2020
The Robins retained the Eric Lawton Cup at Goole AFC’s expense, after a close, hard fought contest. For their third game in a week Town were below par, lacking in energy, andsecond best for much of the match. In the end, steadfast goalkeeping from Dylan Parkin, and sharpshooting from Liam Flanagan, were just about enough to win the day for Selby.
Luke Sellers was at the ground, but on crutches, after a tackle last Tuesday, so Christian Fox was forced into one change, Jon- Paul Vass starting at left back.
The match began, and The Robins were nearly two down in the first minute. Selby were grateful to their goalkeeper Dylan Parkin for sprawling saves, as Goole men got behind the defence twice in quick succession.
This heralded a first twenty minutes where Goole AFC were mainly in the ascendancy, and Town were struggling to put any meaningful passes together.
Goole had speedy wide men in Joe Tasker, and Nathan Keighley, both proving a real thorn in the side of the Selby back line, as they charged in behind Town’s defenders. It was only a last ditch Ryan Gothard tackle that thwarted the latter, and a Joe Tasker goal bound effort was blocked. The goalkeeper, once again, distinguished himself with a fine save.
Dylan Parkin was required to play sweeper on more than one occasion, as passes were played in behind the Selby defence. One such foray drew loud shouts from the Goole players who felt that the ‘keeper had handled just outside his area. Shortly after the goalkeeper was forced into yet another sharp save to keep Joe Tasker at bay.
Goole might have done better, first with a shot just wide, then with an attempt that flew over the bar. A last ditch Nick Kennedy intervention prevented another, point blank, shot on goal.
At this point Selby were struggling to make an attacking impact, although Liam Flanagan was just unable to profit as the Goole ‘keeper fumbled a cross. Nick Kennedy was proving a good outlet for The Robins, although his crossing wasn’t always of the quality needed.
Gradually Town began to assert themselves. Some good interplay was pushing the Goole defence back, and bringing in the forward players. Josh Street won a free kick in a promising position just outside the area. It always looked like the Goole wall was not positioned well enough to cover the post on their side. Sure enough, Liam Flanagan gave the Robins the lead as he stepped up to curl the free kick around the edge of the wall, and just inside the post.
The Robins were enjoying their own period in the ascendancy, and it was their turn to cause the Goole back line problems. Jon-Paul Vass almost set Liam Flanagan up, and it took a last ditch tackle to prevent Nick Kennedy getting a shot away. After Goole’s Joe Tasker got in behind only to miss the target, Mark Simpson fired narrowly wide at the other end.
Some good passing set Mark Simpson clear, and he had the vision to play in Liam Flanagan, one on one, with the ‘keeper. As Selby fans have come to expect, he maintained his composure to slip the ball past the goalkeeper, and so extend the lead. Almost immediately, a good run, and cross from Nick Kennedy, provided the opportunity to grab a, first half, hat trick. Unfortunately, Liam snatched at the chance, skiingthe ball over the bar.
2-0 at half time, to Selby, despite Dylan Parkin being by far the busier of the two ‘keepers.
The second half started in similar fashion to the first. A Goole attack saw the ball smuggled away for a corner, which then needed another good Dylan Parkin save. Goole again in the ascendancy, without creating the same flurry of chances that they had in the first half.
A defence splitting Brad Freer pass found Mark Simpson in a shooting position, but his shot was blocked. Another shooting opportunity, this time, after a fine George Bissett through ball, saw a shot over the top.
By this time Selby attacks were becoming a rarity, and realising change was needed Christian Fox brought on six fresh men. Sean Hunter made a Selby debut, as Archie Brown, Ryan Cooper, Danny Snaith, Myles Lawman, and Brett Lucas all joined the action. With Goole also making their substitutions this did nothing for the rhythm of the game, which had become scrappy, and, at times, bad tempered.
Chances, for both sides, were at a premium. Archie Brown had a good run, but wasn’t able to find a killer shot.
At the other end, Dylan Parkin was again proving to be a formidable barrier to the Goole attack. After a sharp stop at his near post, the goalkeeper produced a wonderful save from the resultant corner. A point blank, goal bound header, was deflected just in front of the goalkeeper, who, despite this, wassomehow able to leap, and push the effort over the bar. An instant round of deserved applause from the few onlookers.
Goole AFC found a way into the match, when the referee spotted a Selby push in the penalty area, and awarded Goole a penalty. Up stepped Reggi Waud to wrong foot the goalkeeper to score.
Goole had the bit between their teeth, mounting a push for the equaliser. A cross just evaded an onrushing Goole forward,who had only the goalkeeper to beat, but apart from this Goole were kept at arm’s length, and were unable to create any clear cut chances.
For their part The Robins created little. Liam Flanagan was behind the Goole defence but was unable to connect properly with his intended finish. In a rare surge forward, Jon- Paul Vass put in a cross, which had the Goole goalkeeper scrambling, before dropping just over the bar.
Selby held on to retain the Eric Lawton Cup. They say good sides win when they don’t play well. Today, The Robins showed that might just be true.
Town look forward to welcoming more tough opposition to The Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium, on Tuesday. The opposition will be Pontefract Collieries for yet another closed doors game.
Selby Town: Dylan Parkin, Nick Kennedy, Jon-Paul Vass,Zeph Thomas, Ryan Gothard, George Bissett, Brad Freer, Charlie Clamp, Liam Flanagan, Josh Street, Mark Simpson.
Subs: Ryan Cooper, Myles Lawman, Archie Brown, SeanHunter, Danny Snaith, Brett Lucas.
Goole AFC: Alex Knox, Kieran Mortimer, Josh Schofield, Jake Boyd, Joe Tasker, Josh 0’Neill, Luke Coates, Ollie Maude, Jason Kitchen, Nathan Keighley, Mitch Fox ,Ryan Mottley- Henry, Reggi Waud, Sanchez Payne, Tawheed Ahmed, Nathan Woodward, Adam Fowler, Gracjan Klimczac, Jordan Emery.
Goal Scorers Selby: Liam Flanagan 30, 37 Goal Scorers Goole: Reagan Waud 74(pen)
Referee: David Richardson
Assistants: Conor Ledgeway, Ryan Boult.