Sensational opening day win for Rossington

Toolstation NCEL Division One 

Selby Town 0-4 Rossington Main 

Rossington Main striker Ross Hannah

Sensational Rossington Main sent out a huge statement of intent with hugely dominant victory at Selby Town.

If this performance alone is anything to go by, Rossington will be a force to be reckoned with and a title bid could be on the cards.

Selby had no answer for Rossington, who were in control throughout. 

The only criticism would be they should have been even more ruthless, especially towards the end when Selby’s heads had totally dropped.

Rossington midfielder Josh Buckham’s long range rocket from distance cannoned back off the crossbar in an early warning shot.

One reason why Rossington are regarded as big guns is because of the capture of former Bradford City striker Ross Hannah.

Hannah was terrific in the victory, netting twice and almost completing his hat-trick after wasting several chances.

He struck the first blow as he fired home a penalty in the 15th minute – after his original attempt was chalked off by referee Jason Smith because of encroachment.

A low drive from inside the penalty area from midfielder Dec Slater doubled the lead.

Selby, boosted by the introduction of attacker Flynn McNaughton, came racing out of the blocks in the second half.

However, the pressure only lasted two minutes as McNaughton was harshly sin-binned.

That gifted Rossington the opportunity to finish the job as Selby’s defending collapsed.

Hannah netted his second to make it 3-0 and then debutant Adam Baskerville got his goal.

All-in-all a memorable day for Rossington which gives them huge hope.

Rossington celebrating Dec Slater’s goal
Rossington celebrating Dec Slater’s goal

What They Said 

Selby Town assistant manager Jonny Bruce 

“It was very disappointing because we have high expectations.

“Our preparations have been hindered because we have had a lot of players unavailable during pre-season but we can’t really use it as an excuse.

“On the day they were the better team.

“The first half was disappointing because we weren’t at the races and we were too deep.

“We have worked on stuff in pre-season involving a spare man in midfield and it didn’t work.

“I felt we had a chance in the second half if we simplified things and went back to a more direct style of play.

“We tried to exploit the space in behind the full-backs and to some degree you could see it work when Harry (Clapham) was put over the top and he got his shot away.

“Two minutes later the sin-bin came and we had to change again and it killed us.”

Rossington Main manager Ben Hunter 

Rossington Main manager Ben Hunter

“It was a really tricky game on paper because they are a really good team so it was probably the worst fixture we could have hoped for.

“But what a start. The lads have given it absolutely everything and they are shattered.

“We created loads of chances but 4-0 away from home you take it.

“We had a lot of young lads who were playing and three of them are 17 so that’s the most pleasing thing.”

The Teams 

Selby Town: Walters, Ward, Wilson, Clamp (McNaughton HT), Gothard (captain), Snaith, Davison (Clarke 69), Rollinson, Flanagan, Stephenson, Clapham (Vass 69). Subs unused: Leeming, Murray.

Rossington Main: Johnson, Sherburn, Green, Buckham (Harrison 71), Brewin-Hawkins, Young (captain), Slater (Jacques 79), Sheppeard (Wharton 83), Baskerville (Bell 66), Hannah, Plater (Tyas 79). 

Who Was In Charge 

Jason Smith (6/10)

Hannah and the referee Jason Smith discuss the re-taken penalty

How Many Were There 

213

Man of the Match 

Josh Buckham (Rossington Main)

Rossington Main midfielder Josh Buckham

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