Report: Selby Town 2 – 1 Hull City Academy

July 7, 2019

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′

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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

Attendance: 173

Comments 1


    For the first 10 – 15 minutes attacked with a cavalier attitude & I think surprised themselves. Strong at the back with Anan Ali and the captain mopping most things up between. I do like how the ST captain starts many attacks from a defensive kick. After 20 minutes it became more balanced & especially the 2nd half, with the ST keeper making several saves. ST do play very wide but when they cut the ball back into the penalty area, there is little support. Sort this out & St will win more games than they lose. Still a good win for the town. Well done!

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Meet the Players

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Chris Jackson
Forward - Sponsored by LR Joinery

Chris is a man who needs no introduction to many having previously played for Selby Town. He has also had spells at Goole, Pontefract Collieries and Armthorpe Welfare, leaving a trail of goals and hat tricks in his wake.

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Myles Lawman
Peter Lawrie

At 23, Peter has played for Selby Town, Tadcaster Albion, Garforth Town and Pickering Town, and is a much sought after goalkeeper and rated as one of the best in the NCEL.

Peter lives in York, and works as a buyer for Asda on Fresh Produce.

Growing up, Peter Schmeichel was his hero.

His best moment in football so far, is the run in the FA Vase to the quarters with Tadcaster and playing in front of over 2,000 fans.

Ryan Gothard
Centre Half

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

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.

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.

Will Ramsay
Midfield - Sponsored by O’Sullivan Events

Will was recently married and lives locally in Brayton near Selby, and is a technical training and apprenticeships account manager. 

He plays as a defensive midfielder , but also covers centre-back and right-back with the number 4 shirt.

He has previously played for Riccall, Pontefract, Goole and Armthorpe. But most will remember him for his time at Selby Town.

Will is a Football Manager gamer, and is a fan of old school players like Keane and Viera – you don’t get rivalries like them anymore.

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Ryan Woodhead
Right Back

Lives in Scarborough, and currently in his 3rd year of a sport coaching degree at York St. John University.

Previously played for Pickering, Garforth, Tadcaster and Bridlington.
Best moment in a Selby Town shirt was the 3-2 win away at Eccleshill – “it was a really tough game and thought we all worked hard to get the win and it feels great when it’s a close hard fought game, the win Tuesday night was pretty good as well (against Tadcaster Albion in the West Riding County Cup)”.
Ryan would choose Football Manager over FIFA or PES, and as a Middlesbrough fan, he looked up to Juninho – “because he was just quality on the ball and loved watching him play”.
He usually plays right back with the number 2 shirt, but also occasionally plays right wing as a number 7.

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.

Lucas Wilson

At just 16 years old, he has previously played for Heworth, Easingwold town, York and District, North Yorkshire county side, and Osbaldwick F.C.
Prefers to play in central attacking midfield, but can play in any attacking position.
His favourite moment in football so far was scoring 2 goals for North Yorkshire against Durham to go through to the Northern counties semi final.
A life long Liverpool fan.

Liam Flanagan
Centre Forward - Sponsored by Ultimate Roofs

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. Both Liam and Joe Dale make a formidable strike partnership with numerous goals between them.

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Josh Walker
Forward - Sponsored by Unicorn Flying Club

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

Joe Dale
Left Wing

Originally from York, Joe now lives, and works in Hull as a P.E. Teacher.

He has previously played for Poppleton United, and Pickering Town.
His favourite moment with Selby Town was beating Tadcaster Albion 2-0 to make the final of the West Riding Cup.
He’d choose football manager over FIFA or PES, and Henrik Larsson was his hero growing up.

Currently Selby Town’s top scorer 2017/2018, and plays left-wing under the number 11 shirt.