SELBY Town fell to back-to-back defeats after losing 4-2 to Glasshoughton Welfare, who were inspired by a Lewis Stephens quadruple, writes Phil Dearnley.

Returning to Toolstation Northern Counties East League division one, Selby suffered their first home defeat of the season, a result which keeps them sixth in the table, eight points off top spot.

The early signs were however promising for the Robins, with Blake Drury's header from a free-kick crashing against the crossbar, with visiting goalkeeper beaten.

Harry Clapham then struck the woodwork, cannoning a shot off the post.

Glasshoughton soon began to exert their superiority and it was their turn to hit the frame of the goal before Drury made a great block.

With the pressure building, it was no surprise when Welfare took the lead midway through the half.

A ball into the Selby box ricocheted around the edge of the six yard box before an emphatic finish from Stephens, who smashed the ball into the net.

Almost immediately after, Dylan Parkin made a superb point blank save to keep Town in the game.

The away side won a series of corner, with Ryan Gothard on hand to block and avert another chance.

It always looked likely that the visitors would add to their lead, and sure enough Stephens added his second before half time.

Advancing on the right hand side of the Robins defence, he twisted and turned to bamboozle Selby defenders.

Then he stopped, and, to prove it was no fluke, did it all again, before planting the ball in the corner of the net.

After making two changes at the break, Selby reduced the deficit when Flynn McNaughton ran into the penalty area, beat his marker and fired a shot past the opposing keeper.

But any hopes of a comeback were soon dashed as Stephens found the corner of Parkin’s net, almost straight from the restart to restore Glasshoughton’s two goal lead.

Things then became even worse for Selby with a fourth goal for Stephens, a goal that had more than a little controversy about it.

Parkin appeared to be evidently barged in mid- air by a Glasshoughton player, which led to a tap in for the Glasshoughton forward, with the referee awarding a goal.

Having seen Parkin land awkwardly, the keeper required several minutes of treatment, though he was able to continue.

To their credit, Town continued to battle on. McNaughton's strike won Selby a corner, from which Gothard perfectly timed his run to find the back of the net.

Both sides had chances before the finish, but the scoreboard would remain untouched at 2-4.