Badgers hit form at the right time

Retford United 7-1 Harrogate Town'Pre Season Friendly'Monday 4th August 2014'Reece Thompson in action for Retford United.''Jon Knight 07825 047766
Retford United 7-1 Harrogate Town'Pre Season Friendly'Monday 4th August 2014'Reece Thompson in action for Retford United.''Jon Knight 07825 047766

Retford United will take real goalscoring form into the new season, after a 7-1 drubbing of a young Harrogate Town side in the final competitive pre-season game of the summer.

The Badgers will take on their academy side on Thursday at the Jones and Co Stadium, before the season starts on Saturday away at Athersley Recreation.

On Monday a crowd of 88 watched as Retford dismantled the Harrogate Under 21s.

Retford had chances early in the game with Reece Thompson heading over the bar unmarked as he met a cross from Kyle Hadley.

They then took the lead in the 12th minute, Jordan Cooper finding Hadley to strike past the keeper for the opening goal.

Ben Joyce levelled the scores five minutes later.

But United were back in front on 48 minutes, as Hadley’s cross was met by the head of Bobby Johnson who put the ball into the bottom corner.

Badgers hit the bar as Rich Smith rose to head towards goal from a corner, and a carbon copy followed a minute later but this time Smith found the net with his powerful header.

Jack Booth entered the field and on 69 minutes, and his striker’s instinct led him to latch onto a bad pass back to smash the ball into the net with the keeper left stranded.

The goals kept coming with a pile-driver from the edge of the box by Johnson hitting the top corner with the keeper rooted to the spot for Retford’s fifth on 75 minutes, then two in a minute in the final stages, both for Booth – his pace leaving the defence behind as he made his way towards goal from halfway to find the target, and moments later, another run left everyone in his wake and his hat-trick goal sealed a 7-1 win.