Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Retford United 0 v Bury XI 5 - Friendly

Wednesday 1st September 2010 - Friendly Match
at Cannon Park

Retford United (0) 0
Bury XI (1) 5
(Curtis Main 43,73, Tom Roberts 59, Kyle Bennett 77, Danny Hudson 88)

Admission £5, No programme, free team sheet.
Attendance 57
DJ Beechy at the controls

Bury sent a mixture of first team players, reserves and trialists over for this friendly.
Some Retford fans questioned why there was any need for this game in the first place and most voted with their feet to stay away ... which was a shame.
John Knapper and David Lloyd have been disadvantaged by having their pre season plans curtailed by F.A. embargoes. They had to cancel a number of friendly games, meaning the United team were short of match practice ... hence the need for tonight's run out.
It also gave the Badgers management the chance to run the rule over a potential signing, right back Jamie Birch, give a début to Sam Green the striker they've just signed from Harrogate Railway Athletic ... and give Niall O'Brien who recently signed from Worksop Town another game under his belt.

In the event, the Bury team, managed by former Mansfield Town striker and Field Mill legend Richie Barker, had too much quality for their Evo-Stik League hosts and punished ruthlessly every slight mistake and momentary lapse at the back ... so to all intents and purposes this was just what the home side actually needed as they endeavour to steady ship for the rest of the season.
A shooting match against lowly opposition wouldn't have told the Badgers management anything at all about the players they have at their disposal.
Bury trialist Curtis Main opened the scoring, but not until 2 minutes before the interval.
But after the break, a lack of match fitness showed on the United team and as they tired the visitors turned the screw.
Tom Roberts came on as a substitute in the 56th minute and he added the second goal less than four minutes later.
Curtis Main, impressing everybody present in his trial game scored again on 73 minutes.
Retford rallied briefly, but only very, very briefly and then Bury clinically cut through them to put the result beyond doubt with a fourth through Kyle Bennett on 77 minutes.
Danny Hudson, another Bury sub, completed the rout on 88 minutes.
A good night for Bury and the Retford management will have got some useful insight out of this performance from the Badgers too.
Nice to see an my old friend Duncan at the game, a Bury fan who now lives in Nottingham and works as a teacher in Warsop, one of his ex-pupils was a match official tonight, that must make you feel *really* old Mr Ashton!
We did our bit to boost the bar takings ;-)