U18 County Cup – 5th January 2020
Both teams knew this would be a tough encounter as precious fixtures have always been hard fought entertaining games.
Selby started brightly with a 3-4-3 formation and pressed Colton high and settled into the game well. Both teams showed what the county cup means as challenges were strong but fair. Selby enjoyed a good 15 mins spell creating a few good changes and earning corners, but couldn’t quite capitalise on some good possession in the final third and some quality through balls – getting behind the Colton defence. Colton’s keeper handled the ball well from crosses and corners and commanded his area well. Colton however did always look dangerous going forward and showed their quality with some clever build up work.
It was Colton who took the lead on 25 mins as Selby failed to clear a well delivered corner. Colton then had some momentum as pressed Selby and moments later Selby’s keeper precious pulled off a brilliant save to deny the Colton’s attacker a shot from yards out. Selby had to find another gear and on 35 mins Jackson was in at the back post from a Hymers cross only to be denied from a great save off the Colton’s keeper.
As the half time drew near Selby struggled with Colton’s movement and found themselves getting deeper and deeper and went into half time one nil down.
Selby started the second half much stronger, winning the 50-50 challenges, moving the ball quicker and really pressing Colton. Selby had the better of the chances and with Colton conceding free kicks just outside their area, Selby had the momentum. On 60 mins Burton was bought down in the box, only for the ref to place a free kick on the 18 yard line and with a good delivery from Butcher, Burton’s header was just wide.
Shortly after as Selby continued the pressure, Colton’s keeper went in hard on a cross, missed the ball and punched Burton in the face and knocking him to the ground. As most around the ground thought it was a red card, the ref only pulled out a yellow and awarded a penalty. Unfortunately Burton’s game was over has he couldn’t continue. Smith placed the ball on the spot and slotted the ball calmly to the keepers right. This was game on and an entertaining to watch.
As both teams went for the next goal the game certainly had it’s moments with both teams creating chances. With 10 minutes to go it started to get a nervy encounter as one small error could cost the tie. Unfortunately, it was a mix up from Selby as Colton broke away and found themselves two-on-one with the Selby keeper and slotted the ball in to the net to make it 1-2 with minutes to go.
Selby added attackers onto the pitch and tried to force the ball forward hoping for a break, but found themselves vulnerable at the back and in the last moments of the game conceded a third.
Coaches comments: “It was certainly a game of two halves today. It is obviously disappointing to go out of the County Cup, but what pleased us was the way the Selby players responded to the half time team talk. And, if it wasn’t for a couple of decisions that didn’t go our way, the result might have been different. That’s not taking anything away from the quality Colton have and good luck to them in the next round.”
Selby Town u17s: Precious, Ward, Featherstone, Banaszczyk, Harpham, Hymers, Burton, Dutton, Jackson, Hoskins, Braybrooke. Subs: Smith, Butcher, Kemp, Gorst
Sunday 12th January Selby Town u17s are away to North East Leeds in only their 4th league fixture of the season, but they are at home at the Fairfax Stadium a week later on Sunday 19th January in the U18 District Cup Last 16, against Wigton U18s, 2pm kick off.