When they took to the field at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium yesterday afternoon, Selby Town knew that they’d have to win all four of their remaining fixtures to sneak into the Toolstation NCEL Division One Play-Offs and hope from favours from Worsborough Bridge Athletic and Knaresborough Town; and, across the half-way line, Brigg Town knew that they’d have to take something from their final game to extend their Division One adventure for another season. When the dust had settled on events at Richard Street, the Robins dream remained alive, but the agony of relegation had been conferred on Lee Thompson and his battling Zebras-and Selby’s Manager Christian Fox, happy with the win, will be looking for his side to get on the front foot in all three of their remaining fixtures, writes Colin Muncie.
It wasn’t a day to be a late arrival.The home side were two up before the 128-strong crowd had got comfortable, thanks to Liam Flanagan (1) and Gary Collier (3), but Brigg hit back through Jack Tierney (4) in a breathtaking opening; then levelled through Matt Sleeper (25 minutes). However, Jordan Snodin (37) and Gary Collier (43 minutes) gave Selby a 4-2 half time advantage which they were never to relinquish.
Christian told the Bootiful Game “Finally, our game against Brigg went ahead at what feels like the 5th time of asking after numerous postponements. I was really pleased with the first half performance and we started the game unbelievably well and found ourselves 2-0 up after 3 minutes. To be fair to Brigg they came back into the game and never gave up throughout the game. The second half was not a great spectacle for anyone to be honest but we held on and managed the game well”.
Looking at the bigger picture, Christian is typically realistic about the Play-Off picture “We have three games left and we will be aiming to impose ourselves on every one,” he warned.
“Glasshoughton and Hallam will both be expecting to win their final games, so it’ll be interesting to see which one of them ends up in the final Play-Off spot”.