REPORT: Poor first half display costs Dronfield

Updated: Aug 11, 2019

A below par first half display in blustery conditions proved to be Dronfield Town’s undoing as they went down by 3-2 away at Selby Town.

Dronfield were unable to capitalise on their outstanding opening day win against Worsbrough as the home side raced into a two goal lead with the elements playing a key part in the encounter.

It took Selby just eight minutes to break the deadlock at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium. A Snaith cross from the right was met by Gothard, who planted his header into the back of the Dronfield net.

Selby managed to hit the woodwork twice before extending their advantage on the 22nd minute. Flanagan was felled on the edge of the box and Jackson stepped up to convert the ensuing penalty.

That two goal lead only lasted seven minutes however as Dronfield edged their way back into the game. Selby were left exposed on the left allowing Danny Wood to fire past Lawrie for his first of the season.

An improved second half display with the wind in Dronfield’s favour saw them get back on level terms after sixty six minutes. Selby stopper Lawrie failed to claim Matty Ord’s left wing corner with Stuart Hill being on hand to force the ball home.

However, it was Selby who claimed all three points with their second penalty of the game on seventy eight minutes. Walker was fouled on the left and Selby dangerman, Liam Flanagan, stepped up to seal the win for the North Yorkshire side.

Dronfield manager Chris Millington will look to restore consistency next Saturday as the equally-dangerous Skegness Town are the visitors to the HE Barnes Stadium.

Selby Town: Lawrie, Rogerson, Sellers, Carter, Gothard, Snaith, Jackson, Clamp, Flanagan, Walker, Walker.

Dronfield Town: Naylor, Bebbington, Bovill, Rawson, Mintoft, Hill, Chappell, Stewart, Mawbey, Wood, Ord.

Attendance: 140

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