Thursday September 7th 2017
WVH North Midland U19L
Retford United U19 (1) 1
Liam Bennett 22
Sheffield United (0) 1
Admission £2. Programme 20p
I have several pages of notes pertaining to this game, but none of them would be of any interest to you, because this was a two man fact finding mission for a club that ply their trade in the green and pleasant county Nottinghamshire, with me at one side of the pitch and my cohort, on the opposite touch line. I was offered expenses tonight of a reimbursement of admission price plus 40p per mile fuel expenses. You can just about make out what my missus was watching on TV by peering over the 'Dave Wathall Stand' fence towards my house, so I generously declined the generosity of our employer for the night. For the record this is the third time that I have watched Del Geary's Sheffield United youngsters this season and we weren't monitoring anybody connected to Retford United. So draw your own conclusions.
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The Blades equalised in the second half with a not quite so spectacular goal, netted by Tiwashe Bnute from a mere thirty three yards.
Retford United's first team manager was present to watch the game... not all NCEL 'gaffers' make that kind of effort, except for a few cameo appearances here and there, so fair play to him.
It was nice to have a chat with 'Willy' and to catch up with Mr Geary again. No doubt we'll be assigned to beat a game where Del isrunning things from the bench again, in the near future too. If the onset of a forecasted wet and windy Autumn and Winter doesn't tempt me to stay indoors more often with the heating cranked up.
I'm getting far too old to want to be out shivering my bits off and getting soaked to the skin these days.
FT: Badgers U19 1 v Retford United 1