Retford United’s winless streak stretched to five games, as Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Parkgate left them 18th in the NCEL Premier.
Badgers were under pressure early at the Jones and Co Stadium, John Tunney losing possession and Scott Lowe firing in a shot that was cleared for a corner.
Sam Foulds hit an effort that had Tom Fuller down to his left to save.
David Buck had a good chance for Retford – he broke down the left to get into the box, with the keeper dropping to smother the ball.
Tunney then crossed in, almost beating the keeper who had to scramble to his post to touch the ball from going under the bar and Leigh Hutchinson couldn’t get the final touch as the keeper regained his footing and kept hold.
Ben Muirhead broke free from Hutchinson’s pass but couldn’t get a clean strike on target, then Buck played Liam Wilkin in but the keeper came out to save.
James Steer hit over the bar on the turn as Parkgate moved forward and Fuller was right behind another fierce effort for Foulds to save.
With half-time approaching, Muirhead’s free-kick was headed wide by Hutchinson, then Jordan Cooper did well as his shot from distance tested the keeper.
The second half was only three minutes old when Parkgate took the lead, a cross in from the right was inch perfect for Scott Whittington who was unmarked right in front of Fuller and headed over the keeper.
There was more pressure when George Morley was tripped on the edge of the box but Lowe’s free-kick was at the wall and cleared.
Retford looked to push back, Hutchinson’s cross for Wilkin was close but he couldn’t get in front of the defence, then Muirhead’s free-kick was controlled by Wilkin but the keeper was at full stretch to save.
Wilkin almost found a breakthrough, but the heroics of Daniel Morton in the Parkgate goal defied him once again.
Buck then played Hadley in, his ball across goal had Morton beaten but was agonisingly inches wide of the far post.
Morley broke free, McFayden lost the ball but Fuller did well at his near post to touch the ball away.
Gareth Campion did well as he broke forward from defence to chip the ball into the path of Wilkin but Morton was there first.
Into the final stages, Retford pressed for an equaliser, Hadley’s cross saw Hutchinson head wide, then Sam Hutchinson played the ball in, it was spilled by Morton and frustratingly Rich Smith couldn’t get a touch.
The final chance fell to Smith who headed at the keeper and it was another defeat in a frustrating season for Retford as they turn their attentions to Oadby Town on Saturday in the FA Vase.
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