Pre-Season Friendly – 6th July 2019
Another decent crowd was treated to a lively, entertaining, pre-season game, on another sunny, warm afternoon. This afternoon’s opponents were a young team from The Hull City Academy.
Selby Town 2 – Harry Bisset 1′, Liam Flanagan 7′ (pen)
Hull City Academy 1 – Tommy Best 52′
Thank you to Match Sponsors: Shield Pest Management
This was Hull’s first pre-season encounter, and The Robins caught them cold almost from the off. The young Tigers were first on the attack, but it was Selby who broke up the play, and countered with a fine sweeping attack from one end of the pitch, to the other.
The move was finished by Harry Bisset, who slotted past David Robson in the Hull City goal, after being set up by a fine Charlie Clamp cross-field pass.
Unsurprisingly the Tigers were rocked, and were finding it hard to cope with the runs made by the Town front men.
It didn’t take long for Selby to add to their tally. Liam Flanagan was played in behind the defence. He reached the ball, and nipped it over the onrushing goalkeeper, before the keeper brought an end to his advance.
The referee immediately awarded a spot kick, and up stepped Liam Flanagan, to send the ‘keeper the wrong way. Town fans will be hoping it is his first goal of many, for this season.
It wasn’t long before Liam Flanagan was nearly on the score sheet again. A shot just drifted past the post, and then the goalkeeper made a fine save to avoid being defeated by a lob.
For the remainder of the first half The Robins were largely in control, without being incisive enough to add more goals, and went in two goals to the good at the break.
As the second half got underway, it was soon obvious that the young tigers had been instructed to play with more purpose and energy. As a result they were having more of the play and pushing the Selby defence back. It wasn’t long before Selby’s substitute ‘keeper, Graham Anderson, was having to work to keep out the opposition, and sure enough he was beaten by a header that flashed past him into the corner of the net. Tommy Best applying the finishing touches to a neat Hull City move.
A curling shot aimed for the top corner, but just wide, nearly brought the young Tigers level, as the Town defence found itself under real pressure. It was taking some last ditch tackles and blocks to keep the lead intact.
Selby were creating chances of their own. Lucas Wilson was narrowly wide and later shot over. Liam Flanagan turned neatly to make space before shooting wide. Selby’s best chance of the half followed a good run and a shot across the goal.
The game came to an end, with both sides trying hard to create a golden last chance, but it wasn’t to be.
Next Saturday, the Robins will again be hosting Tigers, this time the Tigers from Worksop Town of the Evo-Stik league.
Selby Town Line Up: Lawrie, Phillips, Holding, Snaith, Gothard (C), Ann, Lawman, Clamp, Flanagan, Ward, Bissett
Subs: Anderson, Burton, Smith, Lawrence, Collier, Wilson