Armthorpe Welfare went down to a narrow 2-1 defeat at Selby Town in a game they certainly didn’t deserve to lose (report and photographs by Steve Pennock).
Mike Carmody made two changes to the starting line up from last Saturday’s win over Skegness Town with Liam Carrick coming in at left back and Darren Mansaram starting up front. New signing Tom Hyde came onto the subs bench as did Lee Betts who returned after being unavailable for the last few matches.
Welfare started the game positively with Jordan Buckham being picked out by Luke Williams before firing in a 20 yard shot which was well held by Peter Lawrie in the Selby goal after just 45 seconds.
The pace of Buckham and Williams was causing Selby problems but after their first threatening attack of the game Selby took the lead with Carl Stewart heading in following a corner on 11 minutes.
Four minutes later a deep Welfare free-kick from the right found Steve Garner in space inside the box but he fired his angled shot across the face of goal with Liam Radford just failing to get a vital touch as he slid in.
Buckham went close again on the half hour but his 15 yard header flew straight at Lawrie and eight minute later Lawrie did brilliantly to turn a 35 yard shot from Mansaram over the bar.
Seven minutes after half time former Welfare player Gary Collier beat Carrick inside the box and seemed destined to score but Adam Stevens was quickly out to block at his feet and on 57 minutes it was Welfare’s turn to go close as Buckham flicked the ball on for Williams to break clear inside the box but he was denied by Lawrie.
But Lawrie could do nothing to prevent Buckham from equalising on 62 minutes when Radford collected the ball on the right and played a perfect cross into the box for Buckham to steer a header last Lawrie into the net. The equaliser was no more than Welfare deserved.
Selby substitute Liam Flanagan then went close for the hosts but Stevens pushed his angled shot from inside the box past the far post on 74 minutes and a minute later Mansaram picked up a loose ball to shoot just wide of the left hand post from 20 yards.
Disaster struck for Welfare on 77 minutes when, not for the first time during the game, the referee awarded a soft free-kick to the home side out on the Selby right. When the ball was played into the box Liam Neal nipped in to head past Stevens to put Selby ahead again.
Carmody introduced Josh Dodd for Gareth Roberts and then Tom Hyde for Williams and Lee Betts for Carrick as Welfare chase a second equaliser but Selby held firm to collect the three points.
Welfare : Stevens, Larcombe-Loftus, Carrick (Betts 86 mins), O’Neil, Roberts (Dodd 79 mins), Bucknall, Radford, Garner, Mansaram, Williams (Hyde 82 mins), Buckham. Unused subs. Simpkins, Bedford
Referee : Mr. S. Clayton
Attendance : 174