Badgers earn their first point since September

Retford United 0-0 Bridlington Town'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division'Saturday 18th October 2014'Danny Smith in action for Retford United.''Jon Knight 07825 047766
Retford United 0-0 Bridlington Town'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division'Saturday 18th October 2014'Danny Smith in action for Retford United.''Jon Knight 07825 047766
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Retford United earned their first point since September, when they held Bridlington to a 0-0 draw at home on Saturday.

There were starts for new boys Adam Lee and Mark Hume, partnered up front, and a return to the side for Bobby Johnson and John Tunney.

A bright start for the Badgers almost led to the opening goal in the first few minutes, a surging run from Johnson ended with a shot off target.

Obemni Ruhanduka fired well over for Bridlington, then a free-kick was tipped round the post by Tom Fuller in the United goal.

Lee made a good run leading to a shot that somehow bobbled wide then another good ball over the top by Liam Nelthorpe saw Hume caught offside.

Retford kept pressing, a free-kick earning a corner from Nelthorpe, the ball played in found Jimmy Walker but his header was over the bar.

Johnson released Lee whose first touch was put over, then Hume found Lee but he was muscled off the ball before he could shoot, Walker picking up the loose ball and seeing his effort blocked.

Ruhanduka was again close, but Fuller was there to put the ball round the post.

A free-kick for Bridlington was curled in by Eddy Birch but over the bar, then Shaun Day tried to give his side the lead, but Danny Smith was on hand to head away.

After a much improved first half for the Badgers, and some positive signs from the new men up front, Hume had the first chance of the second half, getting past the defence, but unable to find the target.

Jimmy Walker saw his shot saved by ex-United keeper James Hitchcock and Hume was denied by the Bridlington keeper as Lee’s pass gave United another good chance.

Nelthorpe crossed from the right, the ball into the danger zone wide of the target, and Walker’s cross was inches away from the head of Hume as he rose under pressure from Chris Jenkinson.

There was a positivity about Retford that had been lacking in recent weeks, and they looked dangerous on their forays into the Bridlington final third, Hume again close as his shot stung the hand of Hitchcock for a corner kick.

A back pass forced by Hume won a free-kick as Hitchcock collected the ball from his own player. A line of red shirts filled the goalmouth as a free-kick on the corner of the six yard box was given, the shot from Gaughan cleared then Hume’s header saved low to the keeper’s right.

Adams lashed a shot at Fuller as Bridlington moved forward, but it was Retford who had the upper hand on possession, Lee’s shot lacking power and rolling to the keeper.

Walker broke through again, but couldn’t get in a shot on target.

Johnson’s effort was saved then a free-kick in the final moments of the game was played in by Johnson and cleared to the feet of Jack Steadman but his shot from distance was well over.

Despite the missed chances, it was a valuable point for Retford to finally end the run of defeats, as they look to break free from the bottom part of the table.

United’s next game is away at high flying Shaw Lane Aquaforce on Saturdy.