Saturday, 30 November 2013

Selston FC 3-0 Sandhurst FC

Venue: The Parish, Mansfield Road, Selston, ko 2:00pm

I've been to the Parish once before, when my lad played for Spot On against Selston White Lion. That was a long while ago, but made memorable as Chris grabbed a goal in the 2-1 win.

It was great to have Kev with me again - he's having a bit of tough time at the moment with one thing and another.

We have been hearing good things about Selston FC recently, so thought it was time to check for ourselves.

After watching the pre-match warm up, we were greeted by our good friend Jamie Renshaw - just one of the former Pinxton players on view.

Selston line-up:
Jake Simpson, James Barry, Jamie Renshaw, Perry Marriott, Shaun Farnsworth, Elliott Jones, Ben Moore, Dominic Airey, Richard Jeffrey, Jake Wright, Rory Davis.

There was a major distraction pitch-side....she certainly made the visit to Selston worthwhile!!

On paper this was a home banker, as league positions show. However, the visitors had a right go at their high flying hosts straight from the off.

A 5th minute Sandhurst corner was punched onto the bar by Jake Simpson, and the loose ball hacked off the goal line as Selston struggled to cope with the travellers' early pressure.

Sandhurst no. 10 Ryan Martin was released by a great through ball from midfield, but when one-on-one with Simpson, he tamely lifted the ball high over the bar when he really should have scored.

Jake Wright saw his hammer of a shot fizz just past the post on 20, then when he found space to run into the box, it took a great tackle to foil the Selston no. 10.

Rich Jeffrey saw his 37th minute free-kick fly just over the bar as the home team began to dictate the play. Selston took the lead right on the stroke of half-time, JAKE WRIGHT blasting home the loose ball after Perry Marriott's header from a Rory Davis corner had been cleared off the line. H-T 1-0

Marriott's header blocked

Selston began the second half with a little more passion and intent than they had shown in the first, and within two minutes of the restart, Wright went close with a low drive from the edge of the box.

On 56, a cracking Jimmy Barry tackle set Ben Moore free and he danced past his marker before picking out the run of JAKE WRIGHT. The striker managed to get a toe to the pass before the covering defender, leaving the visiting keeper watching in anguish as the ball crept just inside the post.

On the hour mark, Moore saw his volley from the corner of the box crash against the foot of the post as the home team piled on the pressure.

Sandhurst's Adam Towlson and Selston's Ben Moore

Moore was also involved in the third Selston goal after 72 minutes, playing in RICH JEFFREY. The keeper will have to take full responsibility though for allowing the strikers speculative 20 yard effort slip under his body. F-T 3-0

Oh no..look at the no. 2's face!!

Referee Dave Hale had a bit of a 'mare, but he probably wasn't helped by a crunching tackle on him halfway through the first period!! He was always a few yards behind the play and failed to give the players any confidence in his decision making.

The only thing that you could be sure of was that he expected every free-kick to be taken from the "exact blade of grass". This is so annoying to players, managers and spectators alike - moving the ball a few inches is not really necessary Ref!

Programme: £0.50
Attendance: 21