SELBY Town have another chance to get an early-centenary season home three points on the board tomorrow following last Saturday’s draw.

Founded in 1919, the Robins opened their 2018/19 Northern Counties East League division one campaign with a hard-fought 1-1 stalemate against Skegness Town.

Today they host Dronfield Town, who finished last term sixth, but will come to Flaxley Road (3pm) on a high, sitting top of the pile after walloping Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 6-1.

Selby’s higher-tier North Yorkshire compatriots Pickering Town and Tadcaster Albion have another week to wait before their Northern Premier League north/west division campaigns kick off. The Brewers today host Bamber Bridge (3pm) in their final pre-season friendly while the Pikes visit Whitby Town (3pm).

Against Skegness, Selby were forced to defend from the off and found themselves a goal down with just three minutes gone. Centre-forward Leigh Hutchinson gathered the ball on the byline at the right edge of the penalty area and found it all too easy to beat the covering defender, cutting in towards the six-yard box before smashing a powerful shot through keeper Pete Lawrie.

The remainder of the first half was very open as Selby tried to respond to the early setback but - despite a number of corners - the hosts struggled to manufacture many clear-cut chances.

Skegness, meanwhile, caused problems of their own. Danny Snaith covered well as a Lilywhites passing move almost put a man in on goal and another good passing move was spoiled by a rushed finish. Lawrie misjudged one of the frequent Skegness corners, which was cleared only following an almighty scramble.

It took until the 75th minute for Selby to create the golden chance. The Robins advanced into the opposition penalty area thanks to good passing between Chris Jackson and Josh Walker, who was then able to feed brother Dan. The latter Walker - who had just had a goal-bound shot blocked - was this time able to force the ball home.

Selby hearts were in mouths late on as Lawrie could only watch as a shot cannoned off a post and out to safety.

After this afternoon’s match, the 12th-placed Robins head to Glasshoughton Welfare on Tuesday.

With new manager Curtis Woodhouse at the helm, a fresh-looking Tadcaster have enjoyed a successful pre-season. The footballer-turned-boxer took the reins at Ings Lane following the departure of boss Simon Collins and has rebuilt the squad after five first-team players left for Scarborough Athletic, overseeing six wins from eight friendlies so far. Only games against Leeds United (5-1) and Spennymoor Town (2-1) have ended in defeat.

Striker Jake Day followed Woodhouse from Bridlington Town to Albion and is making a good case as a fitting replacement for prolific frontman Joe Lumsden, scoring 11 goals in eight games. Lumsden - one of the Boro quintet - has since joined divisional rivals Pontefract Collieries due to work commitments.

Taddy narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season, and start the next at home to Trafford.

Pickering have struggled with missing players over pre-season - and their results reflect these travails. Since a 4-0 win over Barton Town, the Mill Lane outfit have lost all six of their fixtures by no fewer than four goals each time as they build up to their second-ever season at Step 4. Most recent was their 8-2 defeat at the hands of North Yorkshire rivals Scarborough.

Some good news for Pickering, though, is the return of the division's Goalkeeper-of-the-Season Harrison Foulkes on loan from Hull City.

The Pikes start their campaign at Workington and will be hoping for a more stable season than last, when Denny Ingram guided them to a 16th-placed finish after taking over from Paul Marshall.