NCEL Division One – 5th February 2020
Unsurprisingly, there were changes. Josh Archer was welcomed back into the Selby goal. Unlike last Saturday’s debutant, he commanded his area, and gave a competent, confident performance, playing a full part in Town earning only their fifth league clean sheet of the season.
A goal either side of the halftime break, was more than enough for an efficient Selby Town to put last weekend’s horrors behind them, and so move up to second place in the league. The Robins now sit three points behind leaders, Winterton Rangers, with two games in hand, and a superior goal difference.
Myles Lawman, and Charlie Clamp joined Kain Rogerson in midfield. Charlie Clamp was returning after a lengthy injury. The front three included Carl Stewart, who starts his suspension on Saturday, but was missing two goal Sam Cable,from the weekend.
Worsbrough Bridge elected to play up the slope in the first half, and set about putting the Selby back line under pressure. They were playing the ball down the sides of the Town defence, and running behind the Robin’s defence as the ball was held up by the slope. Town’s back line was struggling to cope, and also finding it hard to make clean clearances. This meant that all too often the ball was won, only to be given away immediately.
The Briggers, had a succession of corners, and long throws to put the ball into the Selby box. Josh Archer in the Selby goal, and the defence, did well under the aerial pressure. The goalkeeper was in command when needed, and raced out of his box to help his defence out, on more than one occasion.
Selby were on the back foot, with attacks relatively rare. However, there was clear evidence, that Town were prepared to make openings by passing the ball. They did cut through the opposition defence, but were not able to fashion that golden chance. A Selby attack saw the ball worked to the right edge of the six yard box, but unfortunately the opposition goalkeeper was able to make a save at the expense of a corner.
Casey Stewart was causing the Worsbrough defence problems with some mazy dribbles. He dribbled the ball all the way from right to left, before putting in a wonderful cross, only for Carl Stewart to head the chance wide.
Otherwise Selby efforts were mainly from long range, and did not seriously trouble the goalkeeper.
At the other end Worsbrough Bridge forced Josh Archer into making a good save from point blank range. They had two good chances, including a one on one with the ‘keeper, only to put the chances over the bar.
Ryan Gothard was playing a captain’s part covering along the back line. He made a number of crucial interceptions as the ball was crossed into the Selby area. The goalkeeper was quick to claim anything within his range.
Sides who are piling pressure on the opposition goal, are often very vulnerable to a rapid counter attack. So it proved immediately before the halftime whistle, as Selby took the lead against the run of play.
The defence smothered yet another cross into the box, before the ball was fed to Kain Rogerson who galloped off, full pace, in the direction of the opposition goal. With would be defenders trailing in his wake, he kept his head, and made the perfect pass to Liam Flanagan sprinting in support. Liam Flanagan took the ball past a defender, then the goalkeeper. With the angle narrowing, and pitch running out, he put the ball in the empty net, much to the delight of the Selby contingent.
The second half came with Selby’s turn to kick up the slope. It didn’t take long for them to make their mark on the second half.
Early pressure earned Town a corner on their right. Casey Stewart sent in a perfect delivery. With a prodigious leap, Josh Rogerson rose high above everyone else, to absolutely plant his header past the goalkeeper. Like lots of things that are perfection, it looked so simple. The Worsbrough defence was stunned.
It seemed likely that The Robins would go on, and score more goals, but it wasn’t to be. They did create chances but could not find the right finish to completely kill the game off. Liam Flanagan’s pace was causing problems down Selby’s left but he was caught out by the offside flag on several occasions. When he did get free he either shot wide, or straight at the goalkeeper. Carl Stewart had a scissor kick attempt from a free kick, which went just wide. Casey Stewart could only find the goalkeeper, when he had worked himself a goodshooting position.
Liam Flanagan got one on one with the ‘keeper who was able to block his first attempt, which fell into the path of Carl Stewart. Unfortunately the goalkeeper was able to block the forward’s attempt, which again rebounded, this time back to Liam Flanagan. The striker made himself some space and unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot. Liam Flanagan certainlybeat the goalkeeper this time, but not a Worsbrough defender stationed on the line, who cleared the ball to safety.
At the other end The Briggers were finding the Selby defence to be in an uncompromising frame of mind. Worsbrough were finding it extremely difficult to make any attacking progress, and all half, goalkeeper Josh Archer was only called upon to make one save, and deal with a handful of corners. Town were being made to work hard, but in the main, were in control.
Josh Walker, and Danny Walker were introduced to replace Carl Stewart and Charlie Clamp respectively. Josh Walker, looking more comfortable in a central position, caused the defence problems without being able to create a clear cut chance for himself, or his colleagues.
As the clock was being wound down Liam Flanagan was withdrawn, meaning a late debut for Mahamadu Ceesay-Danso.
The final whistle sounded, with the Selby faithful glad, that last Saturday’s performance has been well and truly put behind the team.
The Robins have put themselves in a great position, but they have to forget what anyone else is doing, and just keep winning.
Saturday sees a return to The Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium (3pm kick off). Swallownest are the opponents, and it will be another tough, must win game.
Tell all your friends about Selby Town, and make sure you,and they are there to cheer on the team. We can promise that it will be another epic match.
Worsbrough Bridge Athletic: Jordan Watson, Bradley Mears, David Taylor, Connor Rollinson, Sam Race, Billy Rhodes, Matthew Thornton, Scott Batty, Kai Hancock, Daniel Palmer, Jack Mawson.
Subs: Ashley Emmett, Joe Thornton, Calan Rollinson, Callum Turner, Lee Morris.
Selby Town: Josh Archer, Josh Rogerson, Luke Sellers, Myles Lawman, Ryan Gothard, Brett Lucas, Charlie Clamp, Kain Rogerson, Liam Flanagan, Carl Stewart, Casey Stewart.
Subs: Josh Walker, Danny Walker, Jon- Paul Vass, Mahamadu Ceesay-Danso.