Thursday 28th March 2013at Cannon Park/Jones & Co. Solicitors Stadium
North Midland U19 League Division 1
Retford United U19 (0) 1
Bobby Johnson 48
Worksop Town U19 (1) 3
Alex Nightingale 3, OG 68, Reece Twell 90+4
Admission £2, Programme £1
Thanks to Jon Knight for the photographs and Ann Smith for the line up details
McCracken, Armitage, Swannack, Munn, Lucas (Capt), Dennett, Colton, Downey, Booth, Johnson, Ellis
Subs - Stutt, Tittcomb, Jackson, Hall, S Hutchinson
Jepson, Robinson, Johnson, Flannery, Knight, Jackson, Sweetnam, Mason, Billau, Nightingale, Rice
Subs - Twell, Howard, Elliott, Shepherd, Matthewman
Just about everything that could have gone wrong for Retford tonight did ... but that isn't meant to take anything away from Worksop, who were impressive throughout this Bassetlaw derby.
In fact, if wasn't for several last ditch, goal line clearances, the margin of victory would've been even higher than it was.
The visitors needed the points to give themselves some breathing space in the league table, where they were stuttering perilously close to the drop zone prior to tonight's kick off.
But although Hallam have a game in hand over the Tigers, Kelvin Stalingrad's team have an infinitely better goal difference than them, which should see them preserve their first division status, especially if they continue to play as well as they did tonight.
It's great news that he is out of hospital and on the mend, get well soon mate.
You would have really enjoyed tonight's game.
It was good tonight, to rub shoulders and exchange pleasantries/banter/mutually heartfelt and unrestrained abuse ... neither of us would have it any other way Mr Marsden ;-) ... with friends, former colleagues, a couple of the players and old adversaries from Worksop Town.
I'm not bitter about anything that happened when I was 'slightly' involved with the Tigers and I'd never speak out or say anything detrimental or damaging about WTFC, because I've got a lot of friends there, who I've shared some really great days out and camaraderie with ... that said, there is one certain poisonous individual connected to tonight's visitors, that I was particularly happy not to see, because he wasn't at the game.
The truth is, in local derby games, the form book often goes out of the window.
And the Tigers arrived at the Jones & Co. Solicitors Stadium tonight, tore that form book to shreds, raised their game and deservedly won.
Of course, tonight's reversal, is a real kick in the teeth for Retford's title aspirations and its given the three other sides at the top a massive boost.
But, looking at the bigger picture, the Badgers have the best crop of youngsters they've ever had on board right now and with ambitious plans to relaunch their reserve team next season, the club's infrastructure is looking very healthy indeed, they shouldn't be too despondent about the outcome of tonight's game, because long term, it's all going to plan. I guess it all depends on how you measure success.
Well played Worksop Town Under 19s and congratulations on a thoroughly deserved win.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Aaron Knight, Worksop Town ... anybody who can be that entertaining while rolling around on the floor suffering from cramp, deserves a special mention.