at the Jones & Co. Stadium, Cannon Park
Central Midlands League Floodlit Cup, First Round
Retford FC (0) 1
Will Tomlinson 83
Collingham FC (0) 0
|L to R: Retford - Collingham|
Collingham FC, of the CMFL South (whose Station Road ground Newark Town of the CMFL North also play at), visited Cannon Park tonight for this Floodlit Cup game and gave a very good account of themselves at times.
But with just seven minutes to go, they succumbed to the only goal of the game, netted by the vastly experienced, towering Retford frontman, Will Tomlinson.
The home side had the better of the first half, but lacked the cutting edge in the final third to make good their advantage.
However, Collingham, under the guidance of former Retford United boss Paul Hyde, looked the better side after the interval, while Retford still kept plucking away intermittently.
But 'Big Will' found himself in a similar position again just moments later, when he took matters into his own hands this time and nudged the ball across the face of the goal, to where it nestled just inside the right hand upright.
Ironically, Collingham played some of their best football in the closing stages, once they had gone behind, but they were unable to capitalise on a series quick passing movements... and as Jamie Housley plucked a dangerous looking cross out of the air inside his crowded goal area, before launching the ball up the park for his teammates to run into the corners as the the clock ticked down, it became apparent that the extra time we were all anticipating wasn't going to happen.
There wasn't much to choose between these two sides in the end, in fact the only real difference was a towering centre forward, who carries the few extra pounds he's put on these days very well.
Apologies to anybody who wanted a slightly more detailed match overview, but I have a big day ahead of me tomorrow and I'm grotesquely ugly, so I need plenty of beauty sleep tonight.
FT: Retford 1 v Collingham 0
On Saturday Collingham have a home game against Hucknall Town in the CMFL South, while Retford travel to Thorne Colliery in the CMFL North, who they have already played against at home this season, see HERE for more details.
Retford are currently second in their division, although they have played more games than the other teams at the business end of the table... and for their part, Collingham, who occupy 16th place in the South section at present, will be looking to kickstart their season at the weekend, and it must be said that at times tonight, they certainly didn't play like a team who have a minus 19 goal difference and just 6 points to show from ten games so far this season.