A DOUBLE

Retford United 2 - 5 Hucknall Town'Evo-Stik League Premier Division'Tuesday 22nd March 2011''Rob Austin in action for Retford United.''Jon Knight - 07825 047766
Retford United 2 - 5 Hucknall Town'Evo-Stik League Premier Division'Tuesday 22nd March 2011''Rob Austin in action for Retford United.''Jon Knight - 07825 047766

RETFORD were soundly beaten on Tuesday as Hucknall completed a double over them.

The last time the clubs met Retford were on the losing side of a 5-3 result, and the scoreline was almost replicated.

United were dealt a blow before kick-off with Steve Owens injured in the warm up, so Adam Scott started.

Hucknall raced into an early two-goal lead, after nine minutes, Anthony Griffiths-Junior took advantage of slow defending to fire his side into the lead, then a minute later, Tyiesse Nightingale beat David Darwent with a penalty.

Retford could have pulled a goal back as a long throw in from Niall O’Brien was knocked down for Matt Caudwell, but his shot was wide.

The visitors went further ahead on 20 minutes when Grant Ryan eventually found the target, despite a suspicion of offside.

Badgers did have a glimmer of home in the 29th minute, Matt Blake making no mistake, after a free-kick was knocked down by Matt Booth.

That hope was quashed only four minutes later when Nightingale broke forward and hit home his second of the evening.

The second half saw a change with Scott being replaced by Sam Foulds.

Booth made the most of a slip in the box to take the ball to the byline, but the angle was too tight to cross.

Nightingale grabbed his hat-trick on the hour, Retford failed to deal with a corner and the striker stabbed home.

Michael Blythen limped off, replaced by Under 19 player Reece Thompson, and within five minutes, Thompson was the provider for Retford’s second goal.

A strong run on the right saw the youngster cross in for O’Brien to power home.

It was too late for any type of rally for Retford and the disappointing evening was rounded off with more injury concerns, including keeper Darwent who had struggled for most of the match with a thigh injury.

Managers David Lloyd and Jon Knapper will have their fingers crossed that he will be fit to face Ashton United on Saturday.

United travel to Ashton for an early kick off, the game starting at 1pm.

On Tuesday, Chasetown visit Cannon Park and prices have been reduced to £5 for adults and £2 for concessions.