Badgers stop the rot with point

Worksop Town FC v Retford United. Pictured is Andre Johnson
Worksop Town FC v Retford United. Pictured is Andre Johnson

Retford United stopped the rot with a home draw on Tuesday night, after two heavy defeats.

The Badgers drew 2-2 with Liversedge, putting aside the memories of recent 5-1 and 7-0 defeats at the hands of Tadcaster and 10-man Worksop Town respectively.

Manager Paul Ward rang the changes following the Bassetlaw derby humiliation.

He brought in Under 21s Adam Holdsworth, Sam Hutchinson, who both started, and Jack Munn and Jason Riley were on the bench.

There was also a change in goal with Tom Fuller making a return and Gareth Campion got his first start of the season.

Liversedge started brightly, winning a corner in the first minute that was headed to Fuller, and Retford earned a corner of their own leading to Sam Hutchinson firing wide.

It was an end to end start with the corner count at five between the sides in the first five minutes.

But finally Retford struck, Ben Muirhead playing a pass forward for Leigh Hutchinson who raced through into the box and fired home to give the Badgers the lead.

Another forward ball cut through the defence, Muirhead in on goal but stopped by a defender who had to touch the ball away for a corner, then top scorer Liam Wilkin forced the keeper into a good save, Liam Nelthorpe putting the follow up over the bar.

United had to make an early change on 16 minutes when Nelthorpe came off injured, replaced by Munn making his full debut for Retford.

Andrew Wood hit a shot over the bar for Liversedge, while Sam Hutchinson went close at the other end.

Retford were playing well, and a superb cross field ball from Wilkin to Muirhead had Liversedge back tracking again, this time United couldn’t capitalise.

At the end of the first half, a corner from Muirhead was flicked wide by Leigh Hutchinson, and United went in at the break deservedly in the lead.

The second half saw an early free-kick fired wide by Liversedge then on 50 minutes, a long ball into the box was headed in by Wood to level the scores.

That only lasted a minute as Retford went back in front, Sam Hutchinson making the run to pick out Leigh Hutchinson who had a shot blocked at the near post by the keeper, the ball falling for Wilkin to fire home and put United back in the driving seat.

Adam Holdsworth was close as he entered the box from the right, the keeper making the save at his feet, then Muirhead tried to play Holdsworth through but the ball wax too close to the keeper.

On 63 minutes Liversedge were back level, another header from Wood as he met a deep free-kick.

Liversedge could have nicked the game as Matt Dalton went close with an effort across goal and Josh Maskill fired over from close range, but Retford held tight, Jason Swannack sent a great ball in for Wilkin then Muirhead had his effort blocked by the keeper.

At the death, Maskill thought he had won it for Liversedge as his effort was cleared off the line, but a much better performance from Retford handed them a draw.

Badgers host Parkgate on Saturday at 3pm.