Saturday, 17 November 2012

Retford United 2 v Scarborough Athletic 3 - Baris NCEL Premier

Saturday 17th November 2012, at Cannon Park
Baris Northern Counties East League, Premier Division
Retford United (2) 2
Liam Slack 1, Brett Lucas 13
Scarborough Athletic (0) 3
Sam Denton 69, Ryan Blott 86, Tony Hackworth 89
Attendance 221
Ready. Aim.
Another game, I won't be counting towards my total of matches attended this season, because I was still at work and missed the first half.
After careful consideration, I've now adjusted my target figure, to 100 games all together, by the end of the 2012-13 season.
Hristo Karaivanov wasn't listed as the match official for this afternoon's game, but I might have known he'd be officiating anyway, because he usually is, at at least two games a week I watch.
People are starting to talk about us Hristo mate, we're going to have to start meeting more discreetly ;-)
By all accounts, Retford were good value for their half time lead and deserved to be two goals in front at the break.
But, for whatever reason, just like they had done at Barton in midweek, the Badgers managed to lose again, despite giving themselves a two goal cushion.
I can't really pass comment or judgement on the game as a whole, but from what I saw, Rudi Funk's Scarborough had the better of the second half and, as their goal times testify, never gave up chasing the game ... and as a reward for their never say die tenacity, today's win moves Athletic up to second place in the Baris NCEL Premier Division table, a point behind their landlords Bridlington Town, who drew 1-1 at Maltby Main this afternoon.
Harworth Colliery Institute won the big local game 3-2 against Clay Cross Town in the CMFL (North). Work commitments meant I missed the game at Scrooby Road today, so ta very much to 'Stoney' for keeping me up to date with what was going on at that game. The win keeps the Colliery in second place in the table, two points behind champions elect AFC Mansfield.
It was sad to see that Staveley Miners Welfare had lost to Brighouse Town (after extra time) in the FA Vase. I had hoped that they would go one step further than last year, when they bowed out in the semi finals.
Right folks, my last word on Retford United, for at least a few days, before I get accused of defecting to Cannon Park.
On Friday 30th November, in conjunction with Retford Lions, Retford United Under 19's are holding a fund raising race night at the Birches public house on Thrumpton Lane, Retford (DN22 6HS - 01777 711819). For older readers it's the same place that used to be called the Rifleman's Arms and then Sloanes.
For more details, click here: RUFC U19 RACE NIGHT
This blog is sponsoring a couple of horses and riders ... and you all should too!
Next up: Tomorrow afternoon, I'll be at Field Mill (AKA the One Call Stadium), for the Blue Square Premier Division clash, between Mansfield Town and Luton Town ... may the best team win (as long as the Stags are better than Luton, in which case, a scrappy win against the run of play will do). KIck off is at 1pm. COME ON YOU STAGS!