Retford United 6-3 Tigers U19’s
The Badgers defeat the Tigers in an end of season affair.
A nine goal thriller took place at Cannon Park on a cool Thursday night. The Under 19s Bassetlaw Derby was an end to end game which was tighter than the score line suggested.
Harry Dunbar netted the opener but Retford instantly replied with an equaliser three minutes later through Casburn. The same thing happened again after twenty minutes, Harry Dunbar got his double however ten minutes later Casburn also bagged his brace. Retford then went ahead for the first time in the game after an hour when Heath smashed one in at the back post. Christian Beaumont then struck a wonderful strike to even up the game with ten minutes remaining. Casburn put the hosts in the lead with his third of the game with four minutes to go. The Tigers then went for it in hope they would find a leveller however, Retford twice caught Worksop out on the break to wrap up the win.
Retford opened the chances early on and missed a golden opportunity to get their noses in front. Zach Casburn held up the ball on the penalty spot before teeing up Wonham who disappointingly curled his shot wide.
Moments later, Josh Carpenter latched onto Luke Smith’s miss-hit shot but the number nine snatched at the chance and blazed it over.
The Tigers almost gifted a goal to the hosts after six minutes. Jake Woodward rushed off his line to try and clear a clearance but found himself caught in no mans land as Casburn beat him to the ball and volleyed it over Jake but fortunately the ball took a big loop over the bar thanks to a bobble on the pitch to spare his blushes.
Worksop Town drew first blood in the tie. Niall Blakemore threaded the ball through the United backline for Harry Dunbar who took a touch and cooly stroked it past the keeper
The home side equalised three minutes later. Dec Heath played it down the line for Callum Amendola who squared the ball across goal to Zach Casburn for an easy tap in.
Worksop instantly hit back and almost went back ahead. Will Sutton tried his luck from twenty-five yards out but the keeper matched the attempt and made a great save to push it wide of the upright.
Worksop got their noses back in front after twenty minutes thanks to Dunbar who got his second of the game. Josh Carpenter dribbled towards the byline before firing the ball across goal. Pritchard unselfishly dummied the set-up for Dunbar who poked it home.
Dunbar almost completed his hat-trick soon after his second. Igor Mlynarski turned his marker inside out before crossing the ball low for Dunbar whose shot was well saved by the feet of Atkinson.
Casburn bagged his brace on the half hour mark. A corner from Callum Amendola was accidentally flicked on by Blakemore towards the back post where Casburn was on hand to slot home.
The Badgers almost went ahead. Casburn brought down Presley’s pump upfield but saw his shot brilliantly tipped onto the post by Woodward.
Retford had the final chance of the first half. Danger man Zach Casburn cut the ball back for Amendola who saw his fierce shot bravely blocked by Blakemore.
HT: Retford United 2-2 Worksop Town
Zach Casburn was causing the Tigers defence all sorts of problems throughout the game. Casburn cut in and fired a shot at goal which cannoned off the post and out to Joseph who saw his attempt blocked by the legs of Niall Blakemore.
Carpenter then saw a great chance pass him by. Igor Mlynarski drove through the centre before passing to Dunbar. The lanky forward then teed up Carpenter who dragged his shot wide.
Just after the hour, Retford went in front for the first time in the game. Jake Woodward spilt Amendola’s first time shot into the path of Dec Heath who smashed home at the back stick.
Amendola then cut across the body of Blakemore but his shot was superbly saved by the body of Woodward to avoid more misery for the Tigers.
The visitors pegged back United to be on even terms once again. Igor Mlynarski superbly weaved his way down the right channel, leaving three markers behind in the process, before cutting it back to Dunbar. The ball was slightly behind Harry so he turned and teed up Beaumont who powered his strike into the bottom corner.
However Retford still had momentum in their favour as they went ahead once again. The ball deflected into the path of Zach Casburn, from a corner, who slotted it into the bottom corner for his hat-trick.
Reford made sure that all three points would stay at Cannon Park as they added two further goals in stoppage time. Retford countered from a Worksop corner, Wonham burst down the right, skipped over the challenge of Blakemore, and stroked it past an outrushing Woodward.
Then with the Tigers pushing every player up field, Worksop lost the ball and left three unmarked United players to advanced towards goal. Heath knocked it across the box for Wonham who slid it in past the keeper.
The full-time whistle was blown to the relief of the Tigers.
Despite the last few heavy defeats, it has been an excellent season for the Tigers with them finishing third and improving massively from last campaign. Well done to all the Lads that gave their all. And Well done to Jay Bownes, Lee Carlin and Aaron Pickersgill who have done great this season from the dugout.
Goals: Casburn (13’, 31’, 86’), Heath (66’), Wonham (90+3’, 90+6’); Dunbar (10’, 22’), Beaumont (79’)
Lineup: Woodward, Blakemore, Cook, Crook (Beaumont), Blythe, Smith, Sutton, Dunbar, Carpenter (Fielding), Pritchard (Stead), Mlynarski