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Selby Town FC

A replay, 10 men, extra time and penalty’s but we’re in the next round.

Selby Town FC




(Kendal Town win on penalty’s 5-3)


Report  Courtesy Selby Town Website


Pictures courtesy Chris Wrigley




A bumper crowd enjoyed an enthralling FA Cup replay, which had just about everything. Unfortunately the match ended in heartache for The Robins, as their higher league opponents triumphed in the penalty shootout, after 120 minutes plus of pulsating football resulted in a 1-1 draw.

Selby Town again went with Michael Clancy in goal for the ill Pete Lawrie, and had Alex Janes in at centre back for the absent Ali Ann. Alex Robinson was at left back allowing Jordan Snodin to play in midfield, where he was joined by Chris Bilton. Sam Cable made his return from suspension, with Joe Dale, Gary Collier and Charlie Clamp dropping to the bench.

It was the Mintcakes who settled first with their number 11, Steven Yawson proving a tricky handful, which he continued to be throughout the match. Selby dug in and a couple of hard tackles, first by Jordan Snodin, then by Alex Robinson drew applause from the fans. Town were mostly on the back foot and were conceding a worrying number of free kicks in their half of the field. However their defending was dogged, and every time it looked like Kendal were going to breakthrough a Town player would make an important tackle or block.

Although largely dominant, the hardworking Robins restricted Kendal to long range efforts, most of which were high and wide.

Selby tried to get some control in the middle of the field but found it difficult, and so a lot of service to the front men was by way of a long ball over the top. Sam Cable and Liam Flanagan both troubled Kendal’s back line with their pace and trickery. Carl Stewart used his strength, and guile to good effect to make it difficult for the Mintcake’s defence.

When Kendal did get something on target they found Michael Clancy in the Selby goal to be equal to the task. He combined well with Reuben Pearse, to thwart Steven Yawson when clean through, and he used his feet to save a fizzing drive, hit from the edge of the box by Sam Staunton-Turner.

His best was shortly before half time with a truly marvellous save. Kendal got behind the Town defence and a cross came in for a point blank header. Somehow Michael Clancy managed to get his hands in the way to push the ball over the bar, much to the relief of the Selby faithful.

That relief turned, almost immediately, into joy. Liam Flanagan made a good run down the left. His pinpoint cross was met by Sam Cable with a deft header, down, and into the corner of Kendal net.

This was met with a huge cheer that had scarcely subsided when the half time whistle sounded.

The second half started with The Robins very much on the front foot. Jordan Snodin had a shot well saved, Ryan Gothard headed just wide, and Liam Flanagan was played through only to be flagged offside. Alas Town could not make their ascendancy pay.

All this time Kendal, with their tricky wide men, looked dangerous. They won a penalty with a winger driving into the left edge of the penalty area, and being caught by an outstretched Selby leg. Mark Buchan slotted the spot kick past Michael Clancy with ease.



Selby wobbled momentarily, but regrouped, and took the game to Kendal. The game became end to end, a typical cup tie, and a great spectacle. Both sides had chances. Sam Cable shot just wide when put through by Chris Bilton, and Carl Stewart put a header agonisingly wide.  Selby fans had their hearts in their mouths, as Sam Staunton- Turner had the ball at his feet, yards from goal, with only the goalie to beat. Somehow he managed to miss the target.

Kendal Town were reduced to ten men shortly before the end, when Bradley Carroll received a second yellow card. This encouraged Selby on, but they were not able to make their extra man count.

Extra Time commenced with Selby pressing, and Kendal looking dangerous on the break. Sam Cable was put through by Carl Stewart, but wasn’t able to find the finish he wanted. Substitute Joe Dale lost the ball between his feet, when he looked to be clean through.

The second half of extra time continued in the same vein, a herculean effort from both sides. Carl Stewart headed wide, when perhaps substitute, Gary Collier, was better placed. Almost the last kick of the match saw Joe Dale bearing down on goal on Selby’s right. He took a low sweet shot with his weaker right foot, but Kendal goalkeeper Stuart Dixon made a fine sprawling block to keep his side in the tie.

So, after 120 pulsating minutes plus, penalties were needed to decide who was to play Knaresborough Town in the First Qualifying Round on Saturday.

Kendal went first and produced five fine penalties. Unfortunately, with penalty shoot outs, there is always at least one player, who has to suffer the agony failing to score. Carl Stewart, who had played a barnstorming game, was that unlucky player, when Stuart Dixon managed to save his effort.

The Mintcakes, progress leaving The Robins disappointed but justifiably proud of their efforts. There can be no one present, who could doubt Selby’s endeavour and quality. Hopefully most of the crowd will have been enthused enough to return to The Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium, perhaps this Friday evening to watch the under 16 team in The FA Youth Cup (7 pm Kick off ), but certainly on Saturday to watch The Robins first team return to league business against Hallam.

Selby Town: Michael Clancy, Reuben Pearse, Alex Robinson, Will Ramsay, Ryan Gothard, Alex Janes, Sam Cable, Jordan Snodin, Carl Stewart, Chris Bilton, Liam Flanagan

Subs: Ryan Woodhead, Gary Collier, Sam Lingard, Joe Dale, Josh Berry, Charlie Clamp, Zac Lawrence.

Kendal Town: Stuart Dixon, Jacob Davis, Ben Thomas, Martin Grundy, Stuart McDonald, Gavin Clark, Matthew Clarke, Bradley Carroll, Mark Buchan, Sam Staunton-Turner, Steven Yawson.

Subs: Aaron Fleming, Danny McGahon , Daniel Penswick, Dan Shearwood.


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