Saturday, 26 April 2014

Selston FC 6-0 Keyworth Utd

Venue: The Parish Hall Ground, Mansfield Road, Selston, Notts.

Competition: NSL Senior Division

Dominic Airy (21, 53, 85), Steve Smith (55, 60, 83)

We really are at the arse-end of the season now, but there are still one or two issues to be settled - including the battle for top spot in the NSL Senior divison

Selston are in pole position after this result, needing 6 points from their final 3 games to be sure of the title. The only thing that may derail the Selston challenge could be playing three away games in 5 days - Boots on Tuesday, Bilborough Town on Thursday and F.C. Cavaliers on Saturday.

Selston's Jamie Renshaw met us in the car-park - he'd been on a Stag do until 6 o'clock this morning, so was quite happy to take a place on the bench. "Jammer" did stand with us during the first half, along with Pinxton midfielder Joe Riley.

Mr Renshaw and yours truly

Jay Cooper should have put the home team ahead on 10, but United keeper John Marriott was quick off his line and managed to block the striker's shot. 

Cooper's strike partner Steve Smith tried his luck from 20 yards two minutes later - this time Marriott did really well to dive a tip the ball away for a corner. 

Cooper found himself one on one with Marriott with 15 played, on this occasion the keeper managed to dive at Cooper's feet and grab the ball.

The inevitable goal came half way through the period, a superb Cooper cross in from the right headed powerfully home by DOMINIC AIREY from 7 yards out. 


Smith tried his luck again on the half-hour, and brought yet another good save from Marriott. Soon after, Airey again forced Marriott to save, and as the half neared it's close, a corner from the left was headed back across the Keyworth goal by Dominic Carragher to Ben Moore. Unfortunately for the bearded one, his header flew just wide of the upright. H-T 1-0

Moore goes close

Selston were more or less gifted their second goal on 53 when the visiting right-back tried to play the ball back to his keeper. The pass was short and found Cooper instead, and he raced into the box before sliding the ball across the box to give AIREY a simple tap in to an empty net.


Selston no.7 Damien James created the next goal a couple of minutes later, his pin-point cross from the right finding STEVE SMITH at the far stick, and the centre-forward fired home from close range.


SMITH netted again on the hour mark, latching onto Moore's superb through ball and firing past Marriott with consummate ease.


We had to wait a while for the fifth goal, James again instigating the move on 83 that saw Carragher feed SMITH inside the area - and the no.9 drove home to complete his hat-trick.


Smith's feat was emulated by AIREY with 5 minutes to play, Carragher crossing into the six-yard area to give the unmarked Airey an easy tap-in, F-T 6-0

  Great sequence shots of Airey's hat-trick goal

Keyworth tried their best to cope with a rampant Selston, although to be honest it was a bit of a one-way game. The visitors hardly troubled Selston keeper Jake Simpson who was a virtual spectator for most of the game.

Programme: £0.50
H/C 39
MOM - for Keyworth, despite letting six in, keeper John Marriott
MOM - for Selston - probably Ben Moore, with right back Jimmy Barry a close second.
Pics: Kev Goodman

Referee: David Hague did well to keep all 22 players on the pitch - there were odd outbreaks of silliness from the players, but common-sense from the man in black ensured we finished 11 v 11.

Selston line-up:
Simpson, Barry, Davis, Farsworth, Howell, Carragher, James, Moore B, Smith, Cooper, Airey. Subs: Renshaw, Wight, Bastow, Olden, Moore T.