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Selby Town confident of league revival in derby battle with Knaresborough Town
1:19pm Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
DERBY duty tests Selby Town’s power of recovery after a Northern Counties East League first division setback.
The Robins welcome neighbours Knaresborough Town to their Flaxley Road base tomorrow, a clash relished by home boss Ian Dring.
Expecting a tough encounter – the last time they met Knaresborough squeezed out a slender win on the final day of last season – he said: “Knaresborough are a tough side that play good football.
“But if we put our heads down, we’ll be able to give them a good go.”
To do that, Dring’s men will have to bounce back after a shock 3-1 defeat to Louth Town, which ended a run of four consecutive wins for the Robins.
Louth were 3-0 to the good by half-time, effectively sealing the points by then.
Explained Dring said: “It was a problem of momentum for us, really.
“We didn’t get going until the second half. By that time, the game was almost out of sight.”
Owing to injury to regular centre-back and captain Mick Jones, midfielder Nathan Kamara was pushed into defence, which affected the momentum insisted Dring, adding: “Jones has been out for a while with a broken toe and that has been tough for us.
“It would be great if he could be back in time for tomorrow, but it’s not certain.”
The one saving grace of the Louth clash was Louis Blackwell, whose second-half reply was his third goal in as many games.
“He’s a real asset to the squad. He always works hard and that’s paying off in his performances every week,” said Dring.
Although Selby are currently in 12th spot, they are only ten points behind second-placed Eccleshill United.
Dring, who hinted again that a big signing was imminent to “bring a huge boost to the squad that will be plain to see”, said he was still optimistic about the prospects of being promoted.
“Playing how we’ve been playing in the last couple of games, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to mount a challenge for the top,” he said.
“We’re only a quarter of the way into the season. And as they say – anything can happen in football.”
Knaresborough, four positions below Selby, go into the derby exchange buoyed by a midweek 2-0 win at Pontefract Collieries with goals from Steve Bromley and Sam Cook in the first round of the West Riding County Cup.
Adversity-defying Tadcaster Albion go into the day’s prime NCEL premier division tussle knowing they can widen their advantage at the summit.
Albion go to second-placed Retford United with a one-point lead, though the Nottinghamshire-based side have a game in hand over the Brewers, whose tenure at the top is the first in their history, Pickering Town are without a game.
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