A 3-2 home defeat by old rivals Wollaton saw Selston’s winning streak ended at eight games on Saturday as they crashed out of the Notts FA Senior Cup in extra-time.
These two sides are old adversaries from their Notts Senior League days and have had plenty of close encounters in the past.
Selston were looking to build on their winning streak and push into the later stages of the most prestigious cup competition available to them at this point.
The game started breezily with Wollaton applying early pressure to the home defence.
The visitors won an early free kick that was played out wide, and when the ball was pulled back from the by-line Jordan Alls was on hand to bundle home for an opening goal for Wollaton after just three minutes.
The Selston players were adamant the ball had gone out for a goal kick, but the referee and his assistant were not in agreement and the goal stood.
Selston pressed the visitors into conceding a corner on seven minutes. The deep ball in was met at the far post by Daniel Henshaw who beat the keeper to level the scores at 1-1; this after just seven minutes of play.
At this point each attack from either side, aided and abetted by the wind, looked like it could produce a chance.
Selston did eventually switch on to getting the ball on the deck and out of the wind in order to try and create opportunities.
Efforts from Rory Davies and Carl Moore failed to trouble Wollaton keeper, Liam Mitchell.
Moore had the ball in the net soon after, but to the disbelief of the home side his effort was deemed offside.
Mitchell was lucky to remain on the pitch shortly after, when he raised his hands to Moore as the Selston striker harried him after the custodian had gathered a through ball.
The home supporters were incensed that after lengthy treatment to Moore, who was knocked to the ground, the referee deemed no punishment was needed and indeed Wollaton gained a free kick from the incident.
The home side began to build play nicely working the ball through different areas of the pitch and a sustained spell of pressure on the edge of the Wollaton penalty area resulted in the ball being laid back to skipper Ben Moore who neatly placed his shot from 20 yards inside the right hand upright. The Selston players were wild with jubilation, only for it to be cut short when the assistant referee flagged for a Selston player in the keeper’s line of sight.
The game started to become niggly at this point as Wollaton seemed content to give free kicks away to stop the Selston attacks, the referee gaining the ire of the home crowd by seemingly being too lenient. Despite the attempts of both sides and the drama, the sides were level at the break.
The second half began as the first ended with the visitors engaging in a very physical attitude to the game, though the referee did start to address this with yellow cards being waved at frequency.
The first opportunity the visitors created came from a long ball in the 56th minute. The punt was mis-read by the Selston defence, and this let Lee Day in who advance and coolly lobbed the stranded Selston keeper Jake Ball to make it 2-1 to the visitors.
Wollaton’s attitude to the game became more entrenched now with the away side sitting deep and intent on stopping Selston progress by any means, the yellow card count increased with one or two players very lucky to still be on the field of play.
Selston continued to probe and after 68 minutes forced a corner. The set piece was headed away from immediate danger but Rory Davies swung the ball back in and Henshaw was alert to bundle the ball home for his and his team’s second.
The tie was level and Selston, with their tails up, began to really open the play up.
Sean Gregory ona number of occasions split the Wollaton midfield wide open with his driving runs, unfortunately the final ball or a last ditch tackle saved the visitors’ goal.
Neither side could break the deadlock before full-time, though and the teams set up for an extra 30 minutes of play.
Wollaton continued to defend stoutly and Selston continued to press and make half chances, Tom Widdowson getting free of his marker on a couple of occasions but not managing to create the clear opportunity for himself or others.
Half time in extra-time came and went with no alteration to the scoreline.
For all the home side’s pressure and the opposition’s physical approach (Wollaton finished with eight in the book) there seemed to be no match altering incident forthcoming.
Perhaps both sides were thinking of penalties as another long ball from Wollaton deflected off a Selston player and Chris Atkins was the first to react and he buried his effort to effectively win the tie for his team.
For all Selston’s pressure, they couldn’t break free of Wollaton’s dogged defending in the latter stages.
On another day they would have been goals clear, however Wollaton now go forward to meet Basford United in the next round.
Selston are away at Ollerton on Saturday in the Abacus CMFL League Cup.