With seven changes to last saturdays defeated team due to the return from injury or suspensions. The Robins inflicted Glapwell's first league defeat of the season in superb style. Straight from kick off Selby took the game by the scruff of the neck and pinned the visitors in their own half with a dominant display of pure football. The Robins brushed Glapwell aside just like they did when the two sides met in the presidents cup recently. Adam Russell teamed up well with Bruno Holden up front causing all sorts of panic in the visitors defense. With a defensive reshuffle of their own, Selby put Adam Sadler in midfield and he was linking up well with Jonty Loukes and Christian Fox. Sadler putting in a man of the match display of epic proportions.
Selby went close every time they powered forward with Holden, Russell, Fox and Loukes all going close in the early exchanges. After some good passing and movement in midfield Jonty Loukes shot goal ward from 25yards which was prevented from going in by Matt Varley's hand after 12mins. Varley subsequently sent for a much needed early bath given the atrocious conditions. Up stepped Andy Hart, returning from a five match ban, to dispatch the spotkick with relish. With Glapwell reduced to ten men Selby went on to make them look really ordinary as they continued to dominate play for the rest of the first half. The visitors could go top in mid week if they win but this defeat threw a spanner in their works. Selby's superiority was not reflected in the half time scorline of 1-0 and given the terrible weather there was a danger Selby could tire.
Selby doubled their lead within a minute of the restart when Steven Lyon reached the byline and cut the ball back into Holden's path for him to crash the ball in from the edge of the area. Many of the "prawn sandwich" brigade missing this early strike as they were still drying off in the clubhouse. The Robins stepped up the pace and absolutley battered the opposition Russell and Holden running their socks off up front and the midfield tio of Loukes Fox and Sadler dictating play brilliantly. Numerous chances went begging for the Robins before Glapwell nearly scored just before the hour mark. Andy Hart cut out a threat from the visitors and Aaron Brady hit the bar as they tried to make a game of it. Fox went on a run beating three defenders to shoot, the keeper Alessandro Barcherini who had been very busy, parried to Loukes to shoot wide on 63mins. Sadler then had a couple of chances himself to net but missed the target.
They often say that two nil is a funny scorline in football and it looked like that could come true when the ten men from Glapwell rallied for five minutes and capitilised on Selby's tiring legs to put some pressure on the home defense. During this spell the Robins were struggling to cross the halfway line. Sure enough with ten minutes remaining this pressure produced dividends when Ian Brown netted from close in to half the deficit and give themselves a bit of hope to rescue something from the game.
Matthews came on for Holden who had run himself into the ground which became an inspired substitution. Glapwell had gained the initiative and with Selby tiring could sense at least a draw. Some Selby sides in the past would have relinquished their advantage but this side is made of sterner stuff and they dug in to find that killer goal. It came in the last minute when after beating two players, Fox released Matthews down the left. Matthews then controlled the ball and on entering the area shot across the keeper to find the far corner for 3-1.
> There was a mixture of elation justice and above all relieve as the game came to a close. That third killer goal should and could have come a lot earlier in the game but it was no more than Selby deserved as they made Glapwell look ordinary for the second time this season. Adam Sadler was man of the match with a dominant display in the midfield proving his versatility. The win moves Selby up to sixth,with just a few points adrift of the leading pack.