Toolstation NCEL Division One - Game 29
06/02/24 - Wombwell Town vs Selby Town
Following the defeat last Saturday for Wombwell Town and the 6-0 win for visitors Selby Town it was probably no surprise that it was the buoyant Robins who had the better of the chances in the opening 45 minutes.
While the opening minutes didn't produce too much for either team it was Selby's Tawheed Ahmed who was denied by keeper Jono Davis with the first effort on target.
The pacey winger broke free through the middle, but the keeper's concentration was perfect as he deflected the shot wide of the goal with a quarter of an hour gone.
Davis stepped up again on 27 minutes as the visitors pushed forward once more. The Wellers shot-stopper pulled off a double save this time to keep the Wellers on their toes for the remainder of the half.
Half Time: WTFC 0, STFC 0.
With tactics tweaked and encouragement given in the home changing room at half time, it was no surprise that the Wellers came out on the front foot looking for that first goal of the game.
It came just six minutes into the half as Jordan Kershaw beat the offside trap down the right hand side and after a few touches fired at goal. It looked as though there was a deflection on its way to the net and Kane Reece claimed the final touch after the game to record his fifth goal in seven appearances and his eighth for the campaign.
With 20 minutes remaining midfielder Danny Youel won the ball in the Selby half, but his pass was cut out and cleared onto Youel's head which released Kershaw through the middle. The striker, desperate to score beat Alfie Burnett but could only strike the post as the ball went behind.
With eleven minutes to go the lead could have been doubled once again as captain Rikki Paylor's effort smashed against the crossbar.
Frustrations seemed to be taking their toll on the visitors as substitute Daniel Davison went in late and off the ground on Gadhafi Kiwanuka and received a straight red. The tackle also saw the Wellers player hobble off the pitch as a result of the tackle, just as he was finding his creative self once again.
Despite the ten men Selby pushed for an equaliser, but some solid defending by the back line, with Cory Woodward impressing in particular, saw any half chance of an effort go wide and Wombwell Town picked up the three points and a clean sheet (Davis' 9th of the season) to put them just four points off leaders Wakefield, with two games in hand.
Wombwell Town - 1
Kane Reece 51
Selby Town - 0
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