Badgers in first friendly

RETFORD United got their pre-season campaign off to a losing start at home to Sheffield FC.

A last minute goal consigned Badgers to a 3-1 defeat in their first game under new manager Brett Marshall.

The game, in true pre-season style, saw wholesale changes for both sides and it was Retford who were on top for the first period, keeping the Evo-Stik side at bay and creating the better of the chances.

Striker Dean Rick was unlucky not to have won his side a penalty after being bundled over in the box, and Baz Payne hit the post with the keeper well beaten.

Jordan Pickering, stepping up from the Under 19 side, had a great chance firing the ball on target, only for his effort to be parried for a corner, then he finally found the back of the net with a well taken shot on 24 minutes to give Retford the lead.

Sheffield levelled the scores on 42 minutes through Cyrus Lewis’s close range effort.

Both made changes for the second half with some familiar faces appearing for Sheffield, Dan White and Steve Woolley, both former Badgers, taking to the field in a much stronger side.

But it wasn’t until the 71st minute that they took the lead through Shane Kelsey.

There were very encouraging signs from Retford, with some positive play and good passing moves which warmed the home support, but the scoreline was tainted with the last kick of the game as Andy Gascoigne found the net to make it 3-1.

Badgers travel to Hucknall Town tonight for a 7.30pm kick-off, then to Ollerton Town on Saturday