Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Retford FC 1 v Thorne Colliery 4 - CMFL North

Tuesday 18th August 2015
Central Midlands League North
at the Jones & Co. Stadium (Cannon Park)
Retford FC (0) 1
Will Tomlinson 86
Thorne Colliery (3) 4
Darren Fell 24, 35
Ross Ebbage 40
Kirk Frost 70
Admission - £3
Programme - £1
Attendance - Wet through!
Retford United:
Jamie Houseley, Simon Brewster, Jason Swannack, Jack Munn, Ben Marro, Terry Annable, Martin Woodhead, Paul Middleton, Will Tomlinson Matt Bryce, Nathan Fenn
Subs - Arron Blakey, Callum Rush, Jack Grimwood, Luke Tong, Ryan Elkington (GK)
Thorne Colliery:
Michael Teale, Mark Sneap, Glyn Powell, Aiden Marshall, Stuart Rogers, Tom Dorgan, Jack Steadman, Neil Sheppard, Darren Fell, Ross Ebbage, Jack Hookway
Subs - Dean Luttell, Jamie Stroud, Rob Hannon, Kirk Frost
Following on from their emphatic 6-1 win against Bilsthorpe on Saturday, Thorne showed why they are already being tipped to win the CMFL North this season, even though it is realistically far too early to be publishing league tables, they are already taking on the role of early season "Catch us if you can!" pace-setters.
Darren Fell, who had already claimed a brace of goals for tonight's visitors on the opening day of the season opened the scoring on 25 minutes, when he was allowed too much space in the Retford area.
Up until this point it had been a fairly evenly balanced game and Will Tomlinson came close to finding an equaliser via a long range free kick, that deflected just wide of the upright.
The highly rated Jamie Houseley kept out a close range effort from Fell, but couldn't keep the in form Colliery striker out when he knocked the ball into the back of the net from the rebound.
Meanwhile at the other end, Retford pushed forward and Michael Teale did well to get down to his left and turn a thumping Martin Woodhead free kick out for a corner.
Shortly before half time, Thorne turned the screw and claimed a 0-3 interval lead, when Houseley couldn't hold onto a right wing cross and Ross Ebbage was on hand to knock the loose ball home.
After the break, the heavens opened and a deluge of precipitation threatened to ruin the game as a spectacle, but both sides battled on.
Thorne were shading the battle for midfield while Retford tried to get back into the mix, with a two pronged attack.
The visitors, with the luxury of a three goal cushion could afford to sit back and absorb a spell of pressure from the home side, while waiting patiently to hit them on the break.
The tactic worked a treat and when Kirk Frost charged into the Retford area in pursuit of a forward pass, he was afforded the opportunity to lob the ball over the advancing Houseley by two ball watching defenders, to chalk up Thorne's fourth goal.
Seventy minutes 0-4.
"Can you call back later? I'm a bit busy right now"
Retford pushed forward and ironically played their best football after conceding the fourth goal and with just four minutes remaining Tomlinson, pulled one back.
But it was only a damage limitation, consolation goal.
Thorne will take some beating this season... and though some of the locals present thought that the visitors keeper wasn't the most athletic player they had ever seen, let this be a lesson to you all... One day, sooner than you might think, cropped headed (slightly) overweight men shall inherit the earth and Michael Teale will be our leader!
Don't say you haven't been warned.
FT: Retford FC 1 v Thorne Colliery 4