Improvement from battling Robins
SELBY Town put in a much improved performance as they narrowly lost out 2-1 to high flying Knaresborough.
Three new faces in the Selby side gave the team greater balance and confidence is high that much needed wins will soon come following the changes.
Goalkeeper Danny Montgomery had a strong game on his Selby debut, producing a number of vital saves.
But there was little he could do with Joel Freeston’s two goals for the hosts as the striker was sent clear on both occasions.
The imposing Scott Rushton also added some much needed presence to the back four and looks set to become an important figure in the fight to move off the foot of the table.
Knaresborough took the lead after 15 minutes when Paul Eagling’s threaded pass found Freeston who kept his cool to slot the ball past Montgomery.
Former Leeds United midfielder Seb Carole almost increased Knaresborough’s lead with a well-struck free kick but Montgomery produced a fine save.
But Freeston netted an almost identical effort to his first to cement his side’s advantage.
Selby looked well beaten at this point but began to rally with counterattacks giving the hosts something to worry about.
The breakthrough did come before the break when Ryan Smyth found space for a cross which debutant Danny Rodriguez drilled home.
Selby pushed hard to get on terms in the second half.
Smyth forced a fine save from Knaresborough keeper Jack Rushworth while Josh O’Neill sent a close range diving header over the bar.
Knaresborough’s best chances came from free kicks but they failed to hit the target.
And Carole rattled an effort off the post in the dying seconds as the hosts finished the game the stronger.
The Robins host Mansfield side Clipstone Welfare on Saturday (3pm).
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Weather for Selby
Saturday 18 May 2013
Temperature: 6 C to 13 C
Wind Speed: 10 mph
Wind direction: West
Temperature: 9 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 13 mph
Wind direction: North west