Report: Worsbrough Bridge 0 – 2 Selby Town

February 6, 2020

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.

Attendance: 107 

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.  

Comments 1

  1. W. Fieldhouse

    Good team display. Well done. Same result this weekend, would be good.

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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.


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Formerly of York City, Zac also held trials at Sunderland.

This is his first season within Selby Town Football Club’s defence.

Danny Snaith
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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