SELBY Town fell to a third straight defeat from as many matches in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League division one after a 4-1 beating at home to Skegness Town.

The Robins were down to the bare bones with only one fit substitute. However,that scarcely accounts for a performance, which had few positives.

Selby were miles behind their opponents, and have goalkeeper Dylan Parkin to thank for keeping the scoreline somewhere near respectable.

In the first half hour of the game there was not a great deal of goal mouth action, but the pattern for the match was set.

Skegness looked stronger, fitter, and more organised. They swarmed Selby in possession and Town could not cope.

There was more injury woe for Selby as, after 20 minutes, Cam Collins went down, and after lengthy treatment was replaced by Joe Matique.

It was no surprise when Skegness took the lead. A burst down the left side of the Selby defence left Brett Lucas for dead.

The ball was played into the middle, giving Cenk Acar the easy task of sliding the ball home free of any attentions from a defender in red.

Selby tried to respond immediately. Matique’s cross from the right was met by Ryan Cooper’s head and by a top save from keeper James Lambley.

It was not long before The Lilywhites extended their lead, with Acar again scoring. He cut in from the left leaving Nick Kennedy trailing in his wake, before slotting the ball past the exposed Selby stopper.

After half-time, Skegness further extended their lead. Danny Trott, With time and space aplenty, smashed the ball home from a wide cross.

To their credit the Robins kept fighting. Some good football found Liam Flanagan with space on the edge of the penalty area, but he just couldn’t find the shot he wanted, as the ball sailed over the bar.

Charlie Clamp hit his shot over the bar, when the ball was cleared to him from a corner.

All this time Skegness were looking dangerous. Parkin had to tip a rocket of a free kick over his bar while further shots were desperately blocked and the post was struck.

Eventually Flanagan managed to pull one back for Selby, beating his man and cutting in from the left, his goal bound shot was deflected over the despairing dive of the Skegness keeper.

But, it wouldn’t be long before there was another goal for the away side.

A perfect ball was played into Daniel Durkin, running unchallenged into the inside left channel. Parkin rushed out to meet him, but hesitated just enough to allow the forward to get there first, and chip the ball over him.

Elsewhere, in the PitchingIn Northern Premier League north/west division, Tadcaster Albion secured their first win of the league season after defeating Pontefract Collieries 3-0 at the Global Stadium.

A Pontefract own goal put Taddy ahead before second-half strikes from Omar Sanyang and Simon Russell sealed the win.

Also in the NPL north/west division, Pickering Town suffered their second straight defeat by three goals, losing 3-0 away to Ramsbottom United.

Sefton Gonzales struck twice for United before Khalil Osi-Efa added a third goal in the final ten minutes.