NCEL Division 1 – 3rd November 2018
The biggest crowd in Division 1, saw The Robins overcome a sluggish start, to both halves, to eventually blow their struggling opponents away. At times there was some superb football played , by Town, which left delighted spectators, wondering if even more goals should have been scored.
Selby Town 5 East Yorkshire Carnegie 1
Sam Cable 26, 76 Lewis Sarel 8
Carl Stewart 28 (pen), 75
Ryan Gothard 70
Liam Flanagan was absent, so Joe Dale came in, otherwise the team was as per Tuesday’s single goal win against Swallownest.
There was a scrappy start to the game. East Yorkshire Carnegie had learned from last Saturday, and were intent on pressing Selby high, and defending narrow to minimise Selby’s wide attacking threat. Carnegie’s play seemed to have more energy and tempo than that of Selby.
Selby were being pushed back. Jordan Snodin incurred the wrath of the referee following a tackle, and a yellow card as a result. The opposition were hoping for a card of a different colour.
Just as there were signs that Town were starting to get their act together, they fell behind to a terrific strike. The team from the East Riding made good progress towards the by line, on Selby’s right. The ball was played back to beyond the edge of the area. Lewis Sarel was waiting, in acres of space, and hit a super low shot into the corner of the net from about 25 yards.
Selby were rocking, and shortly after, Ryan Williams went close with an attempted chip.
This seemed to give Town the impetus they sorely needed. They took control of the game but were struggling to retain possession. Too often long balls were played up to the front men which gave the Carnegie defence a good chance of dealing with the threat.
When Selby did play their normal passing game they looked dangerous. The Carnegie goalkeeper was forced into making a smart save from a flick by Carl Stewart, and a scuffed effort by Sam Cable shot narrowly wide.
The crowd were becoming anxious, but in two minutes The Robins settled those nerves, and turned the game in their favour. Firstly Jordan Snodin played a wonderful, defence splitting, pass into the path of the onrushing Sam Cable. He didn’t need asking twice to fire the ball past the goalkeeper.
Almost immediately Chris Bilton’s legs were taken away from him. The only issue was, whether he was in the box, and the referee had no hesitation in giving a spot kick. For the second time this week, Carl Stewart stepped up, and calmly waited till the goalkeeper committed, before placing the ball into the opposite side of the net.
Selby then had a good spell, and were running the Carnegie defence ragged. Joe Dale was tormenting the opposition, but Town were just not able to add to their tally. Sam Cable, twice, was just not quite able to get the connection he wanted to turn in Joe Dale crosses.
Halftime arrived with Selby fans in a happy mood, and expecting more goals from The Robins.
The second half, did indeed, start with Selby on the front foot. However it seemed as if Town dropped their intensity, which allowed Carnegie back into the game. Suddenly there was a nervousness about their play, and certainly the crowd were becoming anxious once more.
East Yorkshire Carnegie were exerting real pressure. Pete Lawrie had to make a marvellous save to keep out a shot headed for the top corner. He was then fortunate as a fierce shot was hit straight at him following a scramble in the box.
Clearly Selby needed another goal, and again started to push forward. Chris Bilton hit a shot from 20 yards which the Carnegie keeper just managed to push around the post. Carl Stewart was kept out at the expense of a corner. The required goal duly arrived from this corner. Joe Dale’s whipped ball towards the penalty spot, was met by the unmarked Ryan Gothard, who gleefully thumped his header past the keeper.
This well and truly knocked the fight out of East Yorkshire Carnegie, and Town were allowed to rampage forward almost at will.
The next goal soon arrived, and involved a mazy run across the box by Joe Dale. With all, including the opposition defence, expecting a shot, Joe Dale hit a sweet reverse ball, which completely wrong footed the defence. Carl Stewart was able to sidestep an onrushing defender, before picking his spot.
A minute later, and Carl Stewart turned provider, setting up Sam Cable for his second.
With the game well and truly won, Town pressed forward. Even the defenders were trying to get in on the act. Ali Ann had run at the defence, and was only denied by a desperate block, and Alex Robinson tried his luck from range only to hit over.
Try as they might, Sam Cable, and Carl Stewart couldn’t bag their hat tricks, and were withdrawn early to deserved applause. This left substitute Josh Berry as the last Town player to go close, another desperate block denying him an almost certain goal.
The third win in a week, including a quick double over today’s visitors, surprisingly hasn’t actually improved Town’s league position. However, The Robins have closed up on all the teams above them, and now are on equal points with Grimsby Borough, and Nostell Miners Welfare, who hold third and fourth place respectively.
Selby Town: Pete Lawrie , Ryan Woodhead, Alex Robinson, Charlie Clamp, Ryan Gothard, Alisan Ann, Chris Bilton, Jordan Snodin, Sam Cable, Carl Stewart, Joe Dale.
Subs: Reuben Pearse, Liam Neal, Will Ramsay, Zac Lawrence, Josh Berry.
East Yorkshire Carnegie: James Hitchcock, Carl Salvidge, Joe Abel, Tom Horner, Johnny Ricardo, Harry Earl, Tommy Waud, Lewis Sarel, Josh Walker, Ryan Williams, Danny Walker.
Subs: Tom Whiting, Jamie Reason, Harley Ward, Jurkstis Rinalds,