Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Retford United 4 v Worksop Town 2 - North Midlands U19's League

Thanks to Jon Knight, in house photographer @ Retford United
for letting me use his material

Wednesday 19th January 2010 at Cannon Park
North Midlands Under 19's League Division 2
Retford United (3) 4
(Theo Ganderson 2, Bobby Johnson, Alister Plant)
Worksop Town (0) 2
(Danny Briggs 65, Adam Browne 80)

Admission £2 inc. free programme

Bloody hell, young Theo Ganderson was quick off the mark.
The Badgers Under 19's stormed into a 3 goal lead inside the first twenty minutes, all quality strikes too.
This is the fourth game I've seen RUFC U19's play this season, they've netted 15 goals in total the previous three times.
The Tigers kept going regardless and it was pleasing to see that in spite of the obvious set back of being on the end of such a scoreline so early into the game, their heads weren't dropping and they were still putting up a fight all over the park, creating chances and not letting their heads drop.
No quarter was being given by either side and the game was played at a frenetic pace.
Early into the second half Alister Plant fired the home side further ahead from 25 yards out and seemingly put the game beyond Worksop's reach.
However, a combination of a change of personnel and shape by Worksop's manager, along with the young Badgers starting to feel the rigours of their non stop attacking policy on a sticky and strength sapping pitch, saw the tide turn and the Tigers scored twice through Briggs and Browne to chip away at United's advantage.
The Tigers were awarded a penalty, Matt Thompson struck it hard and on target (just like all decent coaching manuals should tell you to) but Jack Smith in the Retford goal, managed to save the effort.
It was a vital stop, at 4-3 and with their tails up, the Tigers might yet have got something from the game, but it wasn't to be ... and Retford took the spoils from this well contested and highly entertaining game.
A great advert for stamina and Under 19's football in the area.

Following this result RUFC U19's are now 5 points behind their Bassetlaw rivals with four games in hand over them in Division 2.
The sides meet again on Thursday 17th February at Langwith Road, Shirebrook, kick off is at 7.45pm