NCEL Division One – 3rd March 2020
It was a good night for Selby Town, but an even better night for star top scorer, Liam Flanagan.
A good night for The Robins, as they banged in four second half goals to secure the win, to take them above Winterton Rangers on points; at least until Wednesday night.
A memorable night for star man Liam Flanagan, as he reached his century of goals for Selby Town, then topped it by bagging his hat-trick. On a night of many chances, he could easily have scored more.
Only a few changes. Captain, Ryan Gothard was back meaning Nick Kennedy moved to the right back slot in place of Josh Rogerson, who is banned for two games. Kain Rogerson has returned to Tadcaster Albion, so Danny Frost came in for his debut. Carl Stewart returned from his suspension.
The pitch looked in good condition, but it was hardly surprising that it was very soft, and sticky in parts. Town struggled to adapt to the slow pitch, in a first half when they were not at their best.
The game started, and Rossington were immediately on the front foot, having a shot that was blocked. For a large part of the first half Rossington gave as good as they got , with Selby looking uncomfortable in defence, troubled by Rossington’s lively wingers.
Town were causing problems of their own, particularly down their right hand side with Casey Stewart. Unfortunately the final cross, or pass was often just not quite of the quality required.
It would be a strange game indeed, if Selby failed to create any chances, and sure enough they took the lead from a free kick awarded, following a poor tackle on Casey Stewart. The ball was played in to Carl Stewart on the left edge of the six yard box. The ball seemed to stick between his feet, but he recovered to power the ball past the diving Rossington ‘keeper.
A Selby onslaught was expected, but never quite happened. The Rossington defence was kept busy. A Casey Stewart effort was deflected just wide. Liam Flanagan saw his shot tipped over by the Rossington custodian. A header from a corner was just wide. Liam Flanagan, and Casey Stewart both had mazy runs, followed by shots which were saved. Liam Flanagan had an overhead kick which just cleared the bar.
All this time Rossington were causing problems for the Town defence, which seemed to get little protection from those in front of them. Rossington had two pacey wingers in NiallDoran, and Manasse Kandanga, who were proving a real handful.
It was Kandanga who was fouled, and he who scored, following the free kick. The Selby defence made a real mess of their clearance, allowing the ball to drop at the striker’s feet. From point blank range he could hardly miss.
Town were clearly unsettled by conceding, and attempted to force their way back in front. Just before half time, they were incensed when the referee showed no interest in a penalty shout.
All square at half time, with concern that The Robin’s needed to up their game to secure the vital three points. Few would have foreseen the four Selby goals without reply, whichgraced the second half.
Selby looked full of intent, and had a corner almost from kick off. Casey Stewart was again casing problems and was again subjected to a poor tackle, earning a Rossington defender a yellow card.
After a Rossington foray leading to a shot hit just wide, The Robins took the lead again courtesy of that man Liam Flanagan, who bagged goal number 99 for the club. All the hard work was done by Carl Stewart who ran in behind the opposition defence, before unselfishly teeing up his attacking partner, for an easy tap in.
The favour was very nearly returned with the very next attack,as a Liam Flanagan cross just eluded the onrushing Carl Stewart.
Rossington attacks were becoming a rarity, but it took an excellent last ditch tackle by Ryan Gothard to prevent a shot on the Selby goal.
On the hour mark Selby made substitutions, Josh Walker coming on for Sam Cable, and Danny Snaith replacing Danny Frost.
Liam Flanagan was tormenting the Rossington defence, and italways looked likely that he was going to add to his tally, and so achieve the landmark of 100 goals for the club. Sure enough the opportunity arose as The Rossington goalkeeper, at full stretch, could only tip a shot into Liam Flanagan’s path. Onto it in a flash, he made light of the narrow angle, rifling the ball into the opposite corner of the net.
Cue a very loud celebration!
By this time Selby were very much on top, cutting through the Rossington defence almost at will. Josh Walker was played in behind twice, as was Liam Flanagan, but both were unable to convert their chances.
Liam Flanagan had the run of the right side of the Selby attack, and this time his run, and pull back set up substitute Danny Walker for Selby’s fourth goal, just minutes after he had replaced Carl Stewart.
The ‘keeper thwarted Liam Flanagan, as he looked for his hat-trick goal, but he was not going to be denied the icing to top his cake. In behind the defence once again, he put the ball past the keeper for his hat-trick, and goal number 101. Liam Flanagan looks capable of adding many more before the season’s end.
Three more points to add to the tally, as Town head into theirbiggest game of the season, this Saturday. The visitors are Winterton Rangers, who will be in second place in the league, regardless of what happens on Wednesday evening against Parkgate.
A mouth-watering prospect, and a bumper crowd is required to, hopefully, cheer the team on to victory. This could be a pivotal match, make sure that you, your friends, and family are there to witness it.
Report by Phil Dearnley
Selby Town: Dylan Parkin, Nick Kennedy, Luke Sellers, Myles Lawman, Ryan Gothard, Brett Lucas, Casey Stewart, Danny Frost, Liam Flanagan, Carl Stewart, Sam Cable.
Subs: Danny Snaith, Danny walker, Josh Walker, Mohamadu Ceesay Danso.
Rossington Main: Jan Budtz, Bailey Conway, William Sutton, Jordan Buckham, Alfred Thompson, Bradley Billam, Niall Doran, Zephaniah Thomas, Tyler Bell, Alfie Dodsworth, Manasse Kianga.
Subs: Kabuya Kianga, Joshua McLauchlan, Craig Fletcher, Benjamin Hunter.