at the Jones & Co. Solicitors Stadium (AKA Cannon Park)
North Midland U19 League Division 1
Retford United (0) 5
Reece Thompson 51, 83,
Sam Hutchinson 57,
Sam Downey 63,
Bobby Johnson 75 , 83
Hallam (1) 1
Ryan Ruddiforth 4
Admission £2, Programme £1, Attendance 58
Retford United U19
Rory McCracken, Bradley Capsticks, Jason Swannack, Sam Downey (Kyle Blow 75 mins), Brett Lucas (c), Kyle Dennett, Adam Ellis (Jack Munn 63 mins), Bobby Johnson, Alex Colton, Reece Thompson (Josh Sharpe 83 mins), Sam Hutchinson
Unused Subs: - Alex Tittcomb, Ryan Hall
Kurt Price, Danny Thickett, Evan Watson, Tom Bird (c), Paul Carr, Jack Hague, Ryan Ruddiforth, Harley Wilson, Ryan Carroll, Alix Ward, James Binney
Subs - Callum Hartfield, Nick Harrison, Chris Smith
THE66POW Man of the match - Kyle Dennett
Adam Ellis almost equalised, but the ball sat up awkwardly at the last moment and Alex Colton had the same problem shortly afterwards.
If only the snow storm, that had taken the People's Republic of East Retford by surprise this week, had abated and let Steve the groundsman have a chance to roll the pitch prior to the game, United could've been in front.
But in fairness to Hallam, their first half lead was well deserved and they nearly went in at the break two goals to the good, but Rory McCracken pulled off a great save to keep Ryan Carroll's goal bound effort out.
Sam Hutchinson, who is fast becoming a regular 'goal machine' for Retford, shot the home side ahead from close range six minutes later, after Adam Ellis had provided the ammunition with a defence splitting right wing cross.
At the other end, Ryan Ruddiforth experienced the same kind of unkind bounce that Retford had in the first half and he shot wide when an equaliser looked to be on the cards.
Hallam will have been ruing the miss, because Retford went straight straight down the other end and Sam Downey got their third goal from a Reece Thompson cross.
|Referee Paul Matthewson pulled up and had to be replaced by his assistant Matthew Tyers after 63 minutes of the game.|
After the restart, with Retford now completely in control of the second half, Alex Colton linked up with Reece Thompson, who teed up Bobby Johnson to add the Badgers fourth of the night.
Reece Thompson helped himself to United's fifth goal, bringing Alex Colton's slightly miss hit cross under control in the air and twisting to score with his second touch.
It was a quality strike that confirmed Retford United as the new leaders of the NMU19L 1st Division.
I've given Kyle Dennett my man of the match, though Sam Hutchinson ran him very close, along with Reece Thompson and Bobby Johnson. Thompson's second goal was something special too.
Full time - Retford United U19 5 v Hallam U19 1
A game of two halves, if ever there was one.
OK! Smart arses, I know most games are two halves long, you know what I meant.
Oh ... and she's fifty next month, but you never heard that from me.