Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Retford United 0 v Handsworth Parramore 1 - NCEL Prem
Toolstation NCEL Premier Division
at the Jones & Co. Stadium (Cannon Park)
Retford United (0) 0
Handsworth Parramore (0) 1
Steve Warne 90+3
Admission £6. Programme £1.50. Attendance 138
But in an end to end first half it was actually Callum Harrison who came the closest to breaking the deadlock, when he crashed the ball against Reay's crossbar, with the big, vocal United keeper well beaten (for once).
Chris Sellars got his tactics spot on.
Although Handsworth obviously have players all over the park, who can unlock any team in an instant and deliver a killer blow, tonight Retford worked bloody hard to frustrate Peter Duffield's side and went toe to toe with them for long spells of the game.
I would go as far as to say, the home side played better than they had when they got a point against Garforth on Saturday, but in the (very) end, Parramore had just that little bit too much extra for them, even though the eventual winners were dead jammy to score when they finally did.
With all due respect to the Retford United groundsman Brian Jackson, playing surfaces like the ones at Sandy Lane, Tadcaster and Staveley cost a lot of money... a commodity that Retford United have very little (if any) of these days.
Tonight's crowd was up roughly 40% from Saturday and the banter between the two sets of fans sat over in the stand was good natured and jovial.
Kieran Wells sprung the Badgers offside trap and tore off towards goal, but was pulled up because Jon Froggatt had timed his run all wrong and was flagged off. You could argue that he was peeling away from the goal and wasn't actually involved in play, but Jon Froggatt 'not involved' in and around the opposition penalty area. That takes some believing methinks.
For the record, the referee Sean Richardson and his assistants had a good game, in my humblest unbiased opinion.
On the balance of things, Handsworth had probably shaded the game, but the Badgers had slogged their way through 93 minutes of hard graft and deserved something for their efforts too. The home crowd certainly agreed as they joined in with the warm applause that both teams left the pitch to the sound of.
FT- Retford United 0 v Handsworth Parramore 1
On Saturday in the FA Vase First Qualifying Retford United travel to Blaby & Whetstone Athletic while Handsworth Parramore are at home against AFC Liverpool... good luck to both sides.