Selston Reserves welcomed Ruddington Village Reserves to the Parish ground for a division one league match. Changes for the Reserves were Joe Marson in goal with Jake simpson and Luke Wigley not available, manager Lee Widdowson in centre defence with Jack-Henry Melbourne still injured and short on defenders a 352 formation was the way to go.
Ruddington had the first good chance on 10 minutes when a striker was put through on goal but scuffed his shot wide with Joe Marson standing firm in goal. Selston had half a chance on 15 minutes when Cameron Gascoyne fired over from the edge of the box. On 19 minutes the away side had another chance when a free header from a corner was put over and it looked like it could be a good route to goal with the physical presence of Ruddington. Klarke Greenham had a shot saved by keeper Dilly Farnsworth and the rebound was cleared on 21 minutes. It was a good match with chances at both ends and it looked like it was going to be a tough afternoon for the lads with Ruddington playing well until disaster struck for the away side on 25 minutes. A ball through to Jordan Black was toed past the last defender and Black was brought down on his way to goal for a clear foul. Having had the referee before I think a common sense approach with a Yellow card was going to be shown but before any card was shown the defender Alexander Thornley took exception to Jordan going down and confronted him with raised hands. The attacker ended up on the floor and a straight red was then shown and the lad had shot himself in the foot. After fully 5 minutes of the player arguing with everyone he finally left the field and play continued. Selston took advantage not long after the sending off when Cameron Gascoyne slipped in Klarke Greenham and he finished well curling the ball around the keeper for 1-0 on 34 minutes. Ruddington still looked dangerous from corners and crosses and missed another free header from a cross on 36 minutes. On 38 minutes George Layton missed a golden chance to go two up when he missed a cross from close range. One more good chance fell to captain Robbie Manners just before the break but he screwed his shot wide again from close range on 42 minutes.
Second half was nip and tuck for the first 15 minutes with Ruddington still a threat even down to 10 men. On 60 minutes though Selston scored the crucial second when a lovely weighted cross from Cameron Gascoyne found Klarke Greenham at the back post and with a good touch brought the ball down and coolly slotted home for 2-0. Josh Booth replaced Jordan Black on 65 minutes with Jordan becoming a target from the Ruddington players. The rest of the game was still quite even with Ruddington still trying hard and playing quite well with a player less. Selston though always were going to be a threat on the break with the away side pushing to get back in the match and on 88 minutes put the match beyond any doubt. A sweeping move saw substitute Josh Booth put in down the right, he drove into the box and squared the ball perfectly for Robbie Manners to side foot home from close range for 3-0. Game over then and it was another good win for the lads all be it with some help from the away side. As for Ruddington they will be ruing the red card as they were in the game at the time and I feel it could have been a much closer game and a very difficult one for the Reserves. MOM for Ruddington was awarded to Josh Meek who was their best player by a mile. The strikers hold play was exceptional and he hardly gave the ball away all game. MOM for Selston went to Klarke Greenham who always looked a threat and scored two good goals. Everyone for Selston played their part in the win but just a shout out to the young wingbacks Cameron Gascoyne and Jamie Shacklock who ran up and down the wings tirelessly not shirking their defensive duties for a minute.
Well done boys still a long season ahead but 3rd in the table after 11 games is way more than we expected from the off.