Thursday, 20 April 2017

Worksop Town 0 v Retford United 5 - WVH NMU19L

Thursday 20th April 2017
WVH North Midland U19 League
at the Windsor Foodservice Stadium
Worksop Town (0) 0
Retford United (1) 5
Nathan Blagg 12,
Zach Casburn 53, 85
Liam White 71, 82
Upon spotting our entourage, tonight's referee Neil Allsop, obviously concerned that my football addiction was now becoming far too regular a habit, offered to buy me Netflix so I could stay at home and keep warm a couple of night's a week. What a nice man, your heartfelt concern is duly noted my friend, but I wouldn't be able to watch it; I recently sold my 40 inch plasma screen telly, to pay for train tickets for Non League Day at Wembley Stadium and my annual end of season jaunt taking in re-arranged fixtures in the West Yorkshire League. But thanks for the offer.
On  the face of it, a landslide away win for the Badgers in this Bassetlaw derby... and though Retford could've added more to their impressive total had it not been for the heroics of the home side's goalkeeper Callum Fielding, his opposite number Adam Hicks and his defence were kept busy too, but the home side had forgotten to bring their shooting boots with them as they spurned chance after chance.
Retford's prolific marksmen Liam White and Zach Casburn both went close in the opening exchanges, but possibly the 'stand out' player of the night, who was talked about in 'hushed tones' by those in attendance to run the rule over the talent on show, was Worksop Town's Mason Gee, and it was he who almost opened the scoring n the fifth minute, but his well struck shot was well saved by Hicks, while Harry Cooke moved in quickly to block Igor Mylnarski's effort from the rebound.
Given the amount of chances both sides were creating in this end to end and very lively encounter, there was only one goal scored in the first half and that came on 12 minutes when Fielding punched away Callum Amendola's right wing corner and Nathan Blagg who was lurking just outside the area in anticipation of such a clearance, crashed the ball first time into the back of the net.
Worksop and in particular Gee kept chipping away at the Retford back line to no avail, while Casburn and Fielding were getting well acquainted with each other, as the Tigers number one had to leave his line several times to clear the ball before the United front man could reach it.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first, but the fundamental difference between the two sides, was that Retford were more clinical in front of their hosts goal.
Mylnarski fed the ball through to Gee, whose shot deflected back into the path of Mylnarski, but Olly Presley made a timely interception.
The visitors pushed forward and  Casburn scuffed a great chance over the bar from Ethan Waring's right wing delivery. Casburrn was soon involved again when he was upended twenty five yards from goal and then got up to divert the ball past Fielding from Presley's free kick.
Worksop went close again (and again and again), with Hicks getting down well to his left to keep out Gee's swerving free kick from twenty yards, while  Mylnarski had a shot deflected over the bar.
Mitch Batty looked to have pulled a goal back for the Tigers, but he struck his angled shot against the foot of the post, while Hicks once again denied Gee from close range.
The visitors, having absorbed several minutes of pressure, went route one and Liam White chased a long ball straight down the middle and spanked it emphatically past Fielding from eighteen yards to give United a three goal cushion.
Liam Bennett tested Fielding with a volley on the turn from the edge of the area and it was all over for Worksop in the 82nd minute when White got onto the end of a left wing cross and diverted the ball neatly past Fielding.
No man is an island... aparently
Bennett got himself into a good position but unselfishly left the ball for Casburn to shoot, but the Badgers number eleven missed an absolute sitter and blazed his shot over the bar.
However he redeemed himself inside the final five minutes, when he smashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from outside the area.
FT: Worksop Town U19 0 v Retford United U19 5
Sorry ladies he's already taken
Both sides are back in action on Tuesday 25th May, when Worksop Town entertain Chesterfield, while Retford United travel to Chesterfield.
Retford still have three more fixtures to play after their trip to Rotherham Road, including another Bassetlaw derby against Worksop on the 4th May and two fixtures, home and way, against Sheffield FC.
All remaining WVH NMU19L fixtures can be found by clicking HERE
So which one of you lads lives next door to THE66POW HQ then?