Thursday 25th October 2012, at Cannon Park
North Midland U19 League Division 1
RETFORD UNITED U19 (3) 8
Bobby Johnson 17, Luke Walker 26, 68
Reece Thompson 40, 53 pen, 88 pen, 90
Jack Munn 75
ARNOLD TOWN U19 (0) 1
Connor Scott-Parkin 57
Admission £2, Programme £1, Attendance 64
Jack Aldred, Adam Holdsworth, Jack Munn, Bradley Capsticks, Jason Swannack, Alex Colton, Shaun Nesbitt, Reece Thompson, Luke Walker, Bobby Johnson, Sam Hutchinson
Subs - Adam Ellis, Josh Sharpe, Joel Marson, Matt Mitchell, Zak Oxby
Tom Dudley, Macca Bayliss, Jack Norris, Connor Scott-Parkin, Ashley Goodard, Luke Jordan, Jordan Knight, Corbi Brown, Marcus Fletcher, Tom Shelbourn, Tom Lee Collier
Sub - Matt Clark
Thanks to Alex Tittcomb, Retford United teen idol (idle?) and Albert Graves, Arnold Town ambassador, for the team line up details.
Graves, is one of the nicest guys in Nottinghamshire football, a
complete gentleman and credit to the team he was representing as Secretary at Cannon Park tonight, namely Arnold Town Under 19's.
Which is in stark contrast with the behaviour, attitude and application of that very same team.
match referee must have a right bloody headache tonight after all the
verbals he's had to put up with from some of the mardy arsed, bad
tempered and back chatting visiting players.
Both teams got
exactly what they deserved out of the game. Retford weren't put off
their stride at all from start to finish and Arnold got spanked for
being petulant and naughty lads.
It took 17 minutes for Retford to open the scoring, through Bobby Johnson,
who is also making a name for himself with the Badgers first team after
returning from a very short and ill advised spell with Winterton
Johnson nearly added a second a few minutes later, but he fired narrowly wide after weaving his way through the Arnold defence.
Reece Thompson added a third before half time, when he thumped the ball into the net via an outstretched Arnold defenders leg.
Half time - Retford United 3 v Arnold Town 0
hadn't really got going at all in the first half and even looked
disinterested at times, but after the break, particularly when Retford
had scored their fifth goal, the visitors didn't impress anyone at all,
with the nature of some of their late and heavy challenges, poor
sportsmanship and bad loser mentality, which was a shame to see given
the standing in local football of a few people I know at the Oxton based
Reece Thompson was fouled inside the Eagles penalty box. "I
got the ball!" protested the Arnold transgressor ... which ball?
Reece's left or right one!?
Thompson got up and put the spot kick away.
Out of the blue, Arnold won a corner. Retford's defence
seemed to have fallen asleep due to a long spell of inactivity and Tom Shelbourn flicked the ball on for Connor Scott-Parkin to pull a goal
But a comeback now was about as unlikely as me getting out
of going on a shopping expedition to Meadowhall with the blond Beelzebub
tomorrow morning :-/
Bobby Johnson went on another mazy run
through the Arnold back line, Tom Dudley blocked the shot and recovered
well as Reece Thompson homed in to take advantage of any slip. Luke
Walker broke through the defence next, but he shot narrowly wide.
In the 76th minute it
was 6-1 when Arnold struggled to clear their lines from a corner and
Jack Munn put in a 'block tackle' to score from close range.
Thompson added a seventh with two minutes to go, with a penalty kick
which was virtually identical to his first one. He then burst through
into the box in the final minute to score his fourth and Retford's
eighth goal of the night.
Full time - Retford United 8 v Arnold Town 1
And yes Mr Williams, I spotted the quip about Harworth's pitch in your programme notes ... very funny!
You are welcome to mow it yourself next time, if you really think it would help you secure anything more than a fluky, narrow win again :-p
Mind you, there were some great photographs in tonight's issue.
And the next one too if you're hard up enough to have to use them.
Next up: Saturday 27th October 2012, Sherwood Colliery v Harworth Colliery Institute, CMFL North, 3pm