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Selby Town riled by home start
11:54am Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
HOME-SICK blues are being sung by Selby Town as they prepare for a Bank Holiday brace of games at their Flaxley Road fortress.
The Robins entertain Grimsby Borough tomorrow and then host Hall Road Rangers on Monday as part of six games at home out of the first eight in the Northern Counties East League first division.
The glut of fixtures on home turf has irked Selby manager Ian Dring, who claimed it gave a bothersome slant to his side’s programme.
“We have six games at home then we have one away and then we’re at home again,” said the Selby boss.
“I’d much prefer us to also have games away like normal because that gets you into the right routine for the season. I don’t know the reason for it but I suspect it’s to do with our pitch sometimes getting heavy in the winter. But it doesn’t seem right to be having so many home games on the run at the start of the season.”
And while the Robins will have an inevitable unbalanced run of away games over the next nine months to fit in, principal striker Danny Gray is also playing catch-up, according to Dring.
The side’s main goal-getter did not get in all the required pre-season training and so is lagging behind in match sharpness.
He said: “We need Danny to start firing as quickly as possible as he is our main scorer. When we lost 3-1 on the opening day of the season (at Teversal) we must have had at least 15 chances. It shows how vital pre-season is.”
At least Selby were able to count on Nathan Kamara’s in-form shooting boots. He bagged two goals in the 4-3 win over Appleby Frodingham, which Dring insisted was far more emphatic than suggested by the slender margin of victory.
“Again we had an awful lot of chances, while one of their goals was a joke conceded by us and the third was an out of this world 30-yarder that no one could have done anything about.”
Fellow division one side Knaresborough Town travel to Hemsworth Miners tomorrow before hosting Pontefract Collieries on Monday.
Pickering Town boss Jimmy Reid is in confident mood ahead of trips to Retford United – tomorrow – and Basford United – on Monday – saying his team “can beat anyone on their day”.
The Pikes picked up a 2-0 win in their opening Northern Counties East League premier division fixture against Worksop Parramore before bowing out of the FA Cup at Dunston last weekend.
Reid said: “We are capable of matching the best. We are one of the best footballing teams in the league but we need to do the dirty things right.”
Tadcaster Albion also have back-to-back away games in the premier division after tumbling out of the FA Cup with a 3-0 midweek replay defeat by Bishop Auckland.
The Brewers are at Garforth tomorrow before travelling to Parkgate on Monday.
There are also double-headers for Harrogate Town, Scarborough Athletic and Harrogate Railway.
Harrogate Town, coming off the back of a 1-1 draw with Vauxhall Motors on Tuesday, face North Ferriby at home tomorrow and then head to Barrow on Monday in Conference North.
In the Evo-Stik League, division one south newcomers Scarborough Athletic won 2-1 against Eastwood on Tuesday and bid to follow up at home to Gresley tomorrow and at Lincoln United on Monday. In division one north, Harrogate Railway travel to Cammell Laird tomorrow and host Wakefield on Monday.
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