11:41am Friday 2nd March 2012
Approaching the business end of the season, three NCEL premier division points have rarely been so vital for Selby Town as they welcome Thackley to Flaxley Road, writes Samuel Burton.
The division’s bottom side head into the fixture after continuing their poor run with a 3-1 defeat at Hall Road Rangers in what manager Graham Hodder has labelled an “unforgiving league”.
For 30 minutes of the game the Robins looked in control as they deservedly took the lead through recent recruit Roy Fogerty.
But the relegation-threatened side’s luck soon ran out as Hall Road took a hold of proceedings to net three times and take the points.
Tomorrow’s game against Thackley allows for the return of Derry Robson and Freddie Swailes after they appeared for the West Riding County FA representative side.
The imminent signing of Callum Ward from Tadcaster Albion, will boost manager Hodder.
He said: “We’re looking to build confidence as we still have belief to stay up.
“Confidence doesn’t come overnight and it will take a couple of results to really get the lads going.”
Added the Robins’ boss: “Back to back wins are what we are looking for. It’s going to be a big challenge but we will take it step by step."
Harrogate Town travel to FC Halifax tomorrow off the back of a tight Blue Square Bet North 1-1 draw with Stalybridge which saw an injury time equaliser from former York City front-man Paul Brayson.
With no Evo-Stik League first division north victories in seven attempts, Harrogate Railway will look to end their poor run as they welcome Osset Albion for a vital game in the bid to haul themselves clear of the bottom of the table.
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