Report: Selby Town 7 – 3 Harrogate Railway

January 12, 2020

NCEL Division One – 11th January 2020

The record Selby Town Northern Counties East League crowd, and the highest in the league today, saw two quick fire goals, just before halftime, that proved to be the springboard for another big Selby win. The win was much needed, as the Robins kept up their promotion quest. 

A surprise saw Teddy Unwin- Marris make his debut between the sticks. Otherwise Selby’s starting eleven was as last week, apart from Josh Walker, starting in place of John Paul Vass on the left.  Harrogate had problems even before kick-off, with Fraser Lancaster injured in the warm up, and unable to take his place in the back line. He was replaced by Josh Shields. 

Selby kicked off with a blustery wind blowing into their faces. It was clear that the wind was going to make things difficult, especially for Town’s defence in the first half. 

The Rail were soon on the front foot, earning themselves a corner. Town bounced back, Casey Stewart having a goal bound shot blocked after being set up by Josh Walker. Harrogate’s short passing style suited the windy conditions, as they stroked the ball around, leaving Selby players in their wake. Selby’s new goalkeeper, Teddy Unwin-Marris, was forced into a save, after a Brett Lucas error, as Harrogate began to dominate. The Rail earned three corner kicks on the trot, as The Robins struggled to clear their lines. The new goalkeeper was fortunate not to concede, as he got too far under a swirling cross. Fortunately, he was just able to claw the ball from under the bar, so his defenders could complete the clearance. 

Selby’s attack was not its usual productive self, creating little.Carl Stewart did manage a shot, which went way over the bar, as the ball was played back to him. The Harrogate attack, especially their big centre forward, Toby Harris, was proving a real handful. Town were fortunate, when Harris was played in behind the Town back line, only for a poor touch to take him well wide of the Selby goal. 

As is often the case, the team struggling to create chances, Selby Town, managed to take the lead. Again the swirling wind played a part, as a Rail defender got too far under a cross which bounced to Carl Stewart. He calmly controlled the ball, before sidestepping the desperate defender, and slotting the ball past the opposition ‘keeper. 

The lead did not last long as The Robin’s fragile defence was exposed again. That man Harris was able to run behind Town’s stretched defence once more. His cross from wide was a good one, being touched past the ‘keeper, with no Selby defender in a position the challenge for the ball.

The hushed crowd was expecting a response, and nearly got one as a rasping Kain Rogerson shot hit the top of the bar, as he tried his luck from the edge of the box. However the disquiet among the Selby faithful increased substantially, as Toby Harris deservedly netted the Harrogate second.

Things almost became worse, before they got better. It took a tremendous Josh Rogerson block to prevent another Rail shot from doing further damage. 

At last, Town started to hit their straps. First Josh Walker saw a header fly just wide, then a Ryan Gothard header was cleared off the line. It was then that The Robins hit two quick goals at the very end of the half. These goals settled them, and the crowd down, and changed the game’s momentum. Selby went into the interval with a lead that had looked unlikely, to say the least, only a few minutes before.  

Firstly, Carl Stewart netted his second. Again neat footwork to beat a defender, and create space to slot the ball past the ‘keeper. Secondly, good work by Josh Walker saw the ball crossed to Kain Rogerson who made no mistake, and so opened his account for the club. 

The Selby faithful didn’t have long to wait to see if The Robins could utilise a helpful wind in the second half. Liam Flanagan was set free behind the Rail defence, only for his chip to be well wide of the goal. Josh Walker was soon one on one with the opposition ‘keeper who made a god save to keep him out. Liam Flanagan was again in behind, only again to fire wide. 

Liam Flanagan was playing wide on the right, and with his pace he was having a field day getting behind the opposition defence. If he had been half as clinical as he was last week, he would have had at least a hat trick. Harrogate changed their left back halfway through the second half. It is not often that you see a player so obviously pleased to be put out of theirmisery.

As it was Liam Flanagan only scored the one goal, and this, mainly the work of Carl Stewart. The centre forward was played in behind the defence and, as he advanced on goal, defenders trailing in his wake, he had the presence of mind to pass to Liam Flanagan, to give him an easy tap in. 

Harrogate gamely tried to respond only to be caught offside. The Rail pushing forward meant more space for the Selby attack. Liam Flanagan had another couple of penetrating runs before Josh Rogerson decided to join in the fun. With Liam Flanagan drawing all the defenders attention, he played Josh Rogerson in down the right. A terrific whipped cross to the back post was just begging to be headed home, and sure enough Josh Walker was there to gleefully oblige.

Selby were running riot by now, and more goals looked likely.It didn’t take long for Josh Walker to add to his tally. Again Selby caused havoc on the left side of The Rail defence before the ball was crossed into the middle. The goalkeeper managed to keep one effort out, but couldn’t stop Josh Walker from close range. 

The next goal was a surprise, because it fell to Harrogate Railway. Toby Harris had been a thorn in Selby’s side all game, and he cut inside onto his right foot to curl a beauty of a shot just inside the post. A just reward for him, and the Harrogate team, who had kept plugging away despite everything. 

Both sides made their substitutions, Town giving run outs to Danny Walker, Ali Ann and Jordan Carter. The scoring continued as Ryan Gothard thundered a header home from a corner.

As the game wound down there was still time for Ali Ann to have a chance, and for Liam Flanagan to pass up on two more presentable opportunities. 

The big crowd went home happy having witnessed a game that equalled the highest aggregate score, in League 1 this season. Other results, mean that this win only moves The Robins into fifth place in the league. However, they remain only outside the promotion places by one point, and have at least two games in hand on those teams above them. The Robins now have the second best goal difference in the division. 

Next Saturday Selby travel to Brigg Town. Another tough, must win, game. All support will be very gratefully received.   

Attendance: 302

Selby Town: Teddy Unwin-Marris, Josh Rogerson, Luke Sellers, Danny Snaith, Ryan Gothard, Brett Lucas, Casey Stewart, Kain Rogerson, Liam Flanagan, Carl Stewart, Josh Walker. 

Subs: Ali Ann, Danny Walker, Harry Bissett, Jordan Carter, Pete Lawrie  

Harrogate Railway: Jack Rushworth, Aiden Kearsley, Simon Swales, Dionisio Mendes Fernandes, Josh Shields, Sam Newsome, Matty Whitehead, Kieran Greenway, Toby Harris, Paddy Sykes, Nathan Hunt. 

Subs: Fraser Lancaster, Matthew Evans, Lee Attard, Elliott Lightowler.   

Comments 1


    This was a game made more difficult by stubborn visitors, strong wind which Selby Town failed to deal with and poor defence, for me Brett Lucas, was not involved and tended to amble about, against a more lively attack the half time score could have gone to the opposition.
    2nd half was different.The wind dropped a lot allowing ST to play their more intelligent football to record the 7-3 score. However, against more competent teams. ST will have difficulties.

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Casey Stewart
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Josh Rogerson
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Jordan Carter
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Luke Sellers
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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
Defence - Sponsored by Selby Ultras

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.

Nick Kennedy
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Nick is just starting out as a labourer, but hopes to travel the world playing football.

Previously played for York City and Bodens BK.

He hasn’t been at the club long, but his best memory so far is winning against Tadcaster Albion in the semi final of the West Riding County Cup.

Nick is also a FIFA player (that Selby Town FIFA tournament is gaining players by the minute), and he looks up to Sergio Ramos, because he is a “goal scoring centre back”.

Nick is versatile and can play as a full back or striker, wearing the number 6 or number 9 shirt depending on his position.


Nick is kindly sponsored for 2018/19 by David Reynolds.

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.

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.

Carl Stewart
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Carl is a striker and wears the number 10 shirt.

At 28, Carl has had experience at a high level with a number of clubs, most recently Tadcaster Albion and Pickering Town, Carl will be ideal support for our leading scorer’s Liam Flanagan and Joe Dale.

He works in York as a ground worker.

His greatest moment in football was scoring against his home city on Boxing Day, and then playing the reverse fixture on New Years Day in front of 4,000.

A Fifa player, Carl’s footballing icon is Gazza – a true, passionated Englishman.

Carl is kindly sponsored by LR Joinery.

Liam Flanagan
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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.

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