Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Retford United 2 v Boston United U21 0 - PSF

Tuesday 2nd August 2016
Pre-Season Friendly
At the Jones & Co. Stadium/Cannon Park
Retford United (1) 2
Chris Funnell 1, 80 (pen)
Boston United (0) 0
Admission £3
After Saturday's 7-0 reversal at home against NCEL Division 1 side Hallam FC, the Badgers management took to social media to announce that they, along with the players, would be chipping in out of their own pockets to personally refund any of their supporters who had attended the game.
The attendance at the weekend was just 65, tonight a crowd of almost 90 turned out.
Masochism is evidently alive and well in East Retford.
Me personally... well, I was destined for the Victoria Pleasure Grounds to watch Goole AFC's academy side take on Wayne Plant and Dean Bamforth's U19 team from Handsworth Parramore; a game that finished 6-4 in the Ambers favour. But a last minute deluge of jobs meant I was delayed and would be unable to get over there for 7.30pm, so I was really grateful that there was an alternative fixture right on my doorstep and very glad that United gave their long suffering band of loyal supporters a half decent performance to savour, against a lively Pilgrims U21 side.
Get well soon Jamie
Sadly the home side's keeper, Jamie Davies was unable to make it beyond half time, due to him suffering an untimely injury. Hopefully he'll be on the mend ASAP.
Though the Lincolnshire side were organised, well drilled, passed the ball around well and exhibited some great movement for each other off the ball, a home win always looked to be the most likely outcome and a Chris Funnell double saw the Badgers home comfortably, with his first strike coming inside the opening minute, when he drilled in a shot from just inside the Boston area, and he dispatched the ball into the bottom corner of the visitors goal from the penalty spot with ten minutes remaining.
Stop tugging at it Luke Walker, you'll go blind!
As my decision to visit Cannon Park was a very last minute one, I'd had no time to prepare properly to do a report, or even get hold of the team line ups, so that's all you're getting for tonight.
At least you were spared my excessive preamble and long winded mithering tonight... I'll be back!
FT: Retford United 2 v Boston United U21 0
It was clear to see after the game, that the resilient hardcore fans who'd turned out tonight, genuinely appreciated the gesture of the Badgers players when they came over to thank them for their support after the game.