Pre-Season Friendly – 26th August 2020
An entertaining game with plenty of goals. There were some pointers for the season ahead. Perhaps the most concerning from the Robin’s point of view, was how defensive frailties were laid bare so frequently by a quicker, more mobile, Tadcaster Albion outfit, that could, and should, have scored more.
Team wise , Christian Fox was still having difficulties at left back, with the unavailability of Luke Sellers, and Jon- Paul Vass, meaning George Bissett was forced to play in that role. Brett Lucas, and Ryan Gothard returned to the middle of the back line. In effect, Town started only with Zeph Thomas and Brad Freer in midfield, Selby starting with a trialist playing up front, wide on the right.
It didn’t take long for Tadcaster to expose Towns defensive weakness. Barely two minutes on the clock, and the ball was given away cheaply in midfield. The ball was moved to Tadcaster man, James Ngoe, who was playing as a right full back, but spent much more time in Selby’s half than his own. He had acres of space, and plenty of time to find the perfect cross for big man Bailey Thompson in the middle of the six yard area. Unchallenged, he was able to loop his header over the stranded Dylan Parkin, to give The Brewers an early lead.
Minutes later the big centre forward looked to be through on goal, only for a terrific last ditch tackle from George Bisset to stop him in his tracks. Then, Dylan Parkin was forced to beat out a fierce shot, as The Robins looked to be overwhelmed. Tadcaster were able to get three, or four players running at Selby’s central defensive pairing, who were visibly wilting under the pressure.
Dylan Parkin rushed out of his goal to play sweeper, only for the ball to cannon off his own defender. Town were fortunate indeed, as their goalkeeper was able to claim the ball just before, ex Selby man, Kane Rogerson, was about to prod home.
Selby were struggling to create anything of note; long fly hacked clearances not being the best of service for the front men, who were having to drop deep to help out. However Mark Simpson did get a shot at the Tadcaster goal, although the goalkeeper was able to easily deal with it. Josh Street had been having a battle to make his mark, but he did manage a twisting turning run, ending with a shot that the Tadcaster defence was glad to see flash wide of the post. A Liam Flanagan free kick was headed just wide, under pressure by the trialist who was starting to show what a good player he is.
These rare Town attacks punctuated attacking pressure from The Brewers. That full back, James Ngoe enjoyed the freedom of Selby’s left side, before shooting just over, whilst Simon Russell was just wide with a shot.
Another goal looked inevitable. Brett Lucas did well to intervene to stop a Tadcaster move, but he was helpless as opposition players swarmed all over the loose ball, which was fed to Derrick Ngwana who finished with aplomb ,off the inside of the post.
Selby tried to respond, and a Brad Freer effort was just wide, after being fed by the trialist. The trialist himself, almost scored with a spectacular over- head kick that hit the crossbar.
Town were having a good spell, and after Dylan Parkin had done well to keep out an effort from Junayd Cassius- Gill, Town went up the other end and scored. A free kick was worked to Nick Kennedy down by the by-line on Selby’s right. His low cross was turned in by the trialist from close range.
Still, a hectic, all action, half continued. Tadcaster man Corey Roper saw yellow, as he dragged back a Selby man one time too many for the referee. The half concluded with Dylan Parkin again having to make a terrific save to keep Tadcaster from extending their lead.
Despite having their troubles in defence, Town very much in the game at half time.
The second half commenced with Myles Lawman on for Brett Lucas.
Town soon showed just how much in the game they were, as an attack was only partially cleared, and the ball was returned to the trialist at the edge of the penalty area. He twisted, and turned to make himself some space before rifling an unstoppable shot past the goalkeeper.
Selby were still living on their nerves defensively, but managed to drag themselves all the way back from two goals down, to take the lead. Liam Flanagan, driving towards the by-line at the left edge of the six yard box, found the perfect cross for the trialist to complete his hat-trick, almost standing on the goal line.
Unfortunately, this was as good as it was going to get for the Robins.
It didn’t take long for The Brewers to get on terms. Weak defending allowed, substitute, Omar Sanyang, to wriggle free,and make no mistake when through on the keeper. It took even less time for the opposition to retake the lead. Again,suspect defending allowed another substitute, this time, Ify Ofoegbu, to evade tackles, then have a run at Dylan Parkin, tofire past him.
By this time, Selby were pretty much spent, scarcely able to mount an attack, whilst Albion continued to torment the Town defence.
Dylan Parkin was again called upon to stop the score getting out of hand, but he could do nothing as Omar Sanyang led the defence a merry dance, before netting Tadcaster’s fifth.
It was fitting that the match ended with yet another fine Dylan Parkin stop, as the opposition pressed forward at will.
Town will have chance to work on their defensive game, as they welcome Knaresborough Town to The Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium on Saturday.
Tadcaster – Bailey Thompson 2, Derrick Ngwana 30, Omar Sanyang 58, 69, Iqfy Ofoegbu 59 Selby Town – Trialist 38, 47, 56
Selby Town: Dylan Parkin, Nick Kennedy, George Bissett, Zeph Thomas, Ryan Gothard, Brett Lucas, Trialist, Brad Freer, Liam Flanagan, Josh Street, Mark Simpson.
Subs: Jamie Phillips, Myles Lawman, Danny Allinson, Reuben Pearse, Charlie Clamp.
Tadcaster Albion: Burn, Ngoe, Rogerson, Pattinson, Evans,Hartley, Ngwana, Russell, Roper, Thompson, Cassius-Gill.
Subs: Santos, Maddox, Sanyang, Ofoegbu, Mbeka, Milne.