Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Gedling Southbank v Retford Town - Notts FA Intermediate Cup Final

Tuesday 27th April 2010.
Nottinghamshire FA Intermediate Cup Final
at Rainworth Miners Welfare

Gedling Southbank (0) 0
Retford Town (1) 1 (Dan Law 31)

Admission £2. Programme Free. Attendance 180.
Gedling Southbank Notts FA Intermediate Cup 2009-10 results:
1st Rd, Headstocks (A) 3-2
2nd Rd, White Lion (H) 2-1
3rd Rd, Thoresby Colliery Welfare (A) 3-1
QF, Caribbean Cavaliers (A) 2-0
SF, Bulwell (H) 1-0
L to R, Kev Goodman, Gordon Foster (good man) , 22 players & a few match officials.

Retford Town Notts FA Intermediate Cup results 2009-10
1st Rd, Arnold Town Reserves (H) 3-0
2nd Rd, Trident (H) 5-1
3rd Rd, Awsworth Villa (H) 5-3
QF, FC Samba (H) 5-2
SF, Attenborough (A) 4-3
"They shall not pass!"

A tightly contested game, that was as close as the score line suggests.
Retford went ahead on 31 minutes when Dan Law got on the end of a Joel Turner cross to slide the ball home.
But then Town had to put up a real rearguard action as Gedling came at them in search of an elusive equaliser.
This culminated in Kevin Metcalf having to clear a goalbound effort off the line with Retford's keeper Jason Holberry beaten, to preserve their clean sheet, shortly before half time.
It wasn't the first time Metcalf had come to the rescue either.
In the second half, Retford went forward on the counter attack a few times and Dan House could have put them two up but he back heeled a chance wide, when he maybe should have taken a bit more time on the ball and turned to shoot instead.
Town put in a real team effort with Gedling Southbank threatening to pull their defence all over the place at times ... but they held firm and when the Notts Senior League side did get through they didn't get a lot of luck going their way in front of goal.
Woody - Man of the Match

James Woodward put in a captain's performance at the back for Retford and was presented with the man of the match trophy at the end of the game, but the Reds had defended as a unit and they all deserved credit to sticking to the job in hand.
A good night for Retford Town, but take nothing away from Gedling Southbank tonight, they were gallant losers and really made a game of it.
Retford Town captain James Woodward holds the cup aloft
Congratulations Retford Town FC
Notts FA Intermediate Cup Winners 2010
That Jon Knight, he gets everywhere with his camera.

Footnote - Retford Town's away fixture at Mexborough tomorrow evening (30th April) is postponed and with the home side unable to provide an alternative date, Retford have had to forfeit the fixture, which must be doubly frustrating given that they have both a fixtures backlog and a free Saturday this coming weekend.