Toolstation NCEL Division One - Game 3
12/08/23 - Selby Town vs Wombwell Town
It took a 90th minute free-kick to deny the Wellers a point as they fell to Selby Town, who keep their 100% win record at the start of the season.
The defeat means the Wellers drop points for the first time, but gave a good account of themselves once more, but in hindsight were lacking something in the final third.
There was an early half-hearted shout for a penalty after just three minutes when Matthew Thornton fell to the ground in the area. The fair shoulder to shoulder challenge would have been harsh on the home side who then took the lead just seven minutes later.
The opening goal came as the clock ticked into the 10th minute with a play down the right. The cross took a deflection off Owen Birks toe and put the ball into the path of Ed Dry who simply had to finish.
The Wellers nearly hit back within five minutes through Callum Walton as the winger cut in from the left onto his right foot, but put his effort over the crossbar.
Debut man Mitchell Akresi had one of the toughest debuts in Wellers history. Five minutes before the game he had to switch from number eleven to seven due to a kit malfunction, then as the game went on he had his first shot saved from the edge of the area on 32 minutes, followed by treatment for a knock, picked up a booking and was then subbed so not to aggravate the injury. His debut laster 41 minutes, but there was definitely enough there to say he'll be a useful addition moving forward.
Half Time: STFC 1, WTFC 0.
As expected, the visitors came out in the second half fired up and almost found an equaliser on 47 minutes. Walton denied this time by Alfie Burnett, after Paling's cross from the right hand siide.
The equaliser did come though just five minutes later and what a good goal it was! Jordan Good fired over the defence and stranded keeper from the edge of the area for his first goal in a Wellers shirt. We don't think anyone could deny Wombwell Town the goal.
Gadhafi Kiwanuka, a key figure in the previous matches, couldn't get his efforts on target in a rare off-afternoon, but came the closest until Selby forced a save at the other end with eleven minutes remaining.
It came from a free-kick fired around the wall and Davis did well to save and see the ball cleared. From the clearance the Wellers were able to get up the other end and win a corner. The resulting corner by Walton was flicked on by Luke Micklethwaite, only to see his header cleared before reaching the goal line.
With frustrations growing the Wellers need to learn to keep calm heads in the final stages of matches, or the same end to the game could occur again.
A free-kick on 90 minutes was awarded to Selby Town and substitute Iwan Heeley delivered the ball over the wall and despite two players attempting to redirect towards goal they weren't needed as Davis was beaten, expecting the forward to make contact.
The assistant referee raised his flag for offside. The referee blew his whistle for the decision. Could this be a lifeline to save a deserved point? Over went the referee. Brief discussions were held between officials, and the goal was given. A cruel way to lose a game where both sides would probably have been happy with a point.
Selby Town - 2
Ed Dry 10
Iwan Heeley 90
Wombwell Town - 1
Jordan Good 52
Player of the Match