SELBY Town are through to the FA Vase second qualifying round after winning 2-1 at Litherland REMYCA, writes Phil Dearnley.

Josh Street scored once in each half for the Robins, whose winning margin was halved by James Murphy’s 89th-minute penalty.

Town’s performance was efficient, rather than spectacular, but on the day was enough to get the job done against gutsy opponents.

It was a particularly good day for Street, who perhaps should have added even more to his goalscoring tally.

Team-wise, the Robins were rather depleted. Reuben Pearse started at right-back and Nick Kennedy came into the middle of the back line, in the absence of George Bissett. Street returned up front.

Town, though, could only name three substitutes,with fitness issues for two of them.

Playing into a strong wind, Selby were quickly under pressure with Dylan Parkin scrambling to turn the ball behind but Selby were soon on the offensive with Nick Kennedy surging forward and feeding Street for his first effort, which went wide.

Street had a header put out for a corner before the striker was gifted his opener in the 34th minute. The goalkeeper made a mess of playing out from the back, presenting Street with the ball at the edge of the area. The forward coolly sidestepped the shot-stopper and slid the ball into the empty net.

Litherland roared back and Parkin needed to tip a free kick over his bar. From the resultant corner, centre-back Mike White crashed a free header against the crossbar. At the other end, a Street run ended with a dangerous cross scrambled away for a corner as Selby ended the half one up.

Just after the hour, Town eventually extended their lead. Jon-Paul Vass’s whipped cross to the back post was headed inside, allowing Street to smash into the roof of the net from point-blank range.

Litherland’s Alex Ryan was shown a straight red card for a strong challenge but the hosts got back into it through the late penalty.

Selby start their Northern Counties East League divsion one campaign tomorrow night (7.45pm) at home to Emley.