Late goal gives Retford a point against Parkgate

Retford United 1- 1 Parkgate FC'25 March 2014'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division 'Reece Thompson in action for Retford United.''Football images from Retford United v Parkgate FC, Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, Jones & Co Stadium, Leverton Road, Retford, England, UK, GBR. 25 March 2014. Image copyright Jon Knight Freelance Photography. No images may be reproduced without prior permission.
Retford United 1- 1 Parkgate FC'25 March 2014'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division 'Reece Thompson in action for Retford United.''Football images from Retford United v Parkgate FC, Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, Jones & Co Stadium, Leverton Road, Retford, England, UK, GBR. 25 March 2014. Image copyright Jon Knight Freelance Photography. No images may be reproduced without prior permission.
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Retford United earned a point with a late goal against Parkgate, at the Jones and Co Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The 1-1 scoreline was Badgers’ second draw in a row, and stretched their winless streak to four games.

Retford had the better of the early exchanges, Reece Thompson offside as he met a ball from Ben Muirhead, then another flag raised against the United striker frustrated the home side as they looked for an early goal.

Parkgate had the first clear effort on goal, Scott Preece having his shot saved by Jody Barford, then the follow up ball was blasted over the bar.

Thompson saw his shot blocked by the keeper then couldn’t get the second ball into the box, however on 13 minutes, Parkgate took the lead.

Matthew Reay, the scorer of an own goal in the last game between the two sides a week ago, this time put the ball in the right net as he met a corner with a powerful header.

The visitors went close again as the United defence were caught napping, the ball sent across goal, but luckily for Retford the flag was up for offside.

Kyle Hadley earned a corner for Retford, and the ball in by Bobby Johnson was headed over by Danny Jarvis.

Retford were pegged back for a spell, Preece skewing his shot well wide, then Oliver Graham broke through but missed.

Hadley made a good run on the right to get the ball back for Gav Cooper who put his shot over, then a corner in for Retford was a fraction away from connecting with the head of Rob Sanderson.

Thompson did well to get in a cross from a tight angle, despite a shout from the keeper, the ball was fumbled under the challenge of Johnson, but he managed to recover to swipe the ball away.

The end of the first half saw a half chance for Thompson, making a run into the box, the Parkgate keeper having to move quickly to hook the ball away.

Retford were forced into a chance at the break, Jody Barford replaced by James Hitchcock after the keeper suffered an injured shoulder.

It was a much more determined performance from Retford in the second half, Kyle Hadley firing wide early on, then a great chance for Cooper, meeting Danny Smith’s cross with his head only for the chance to be wide of the target.

Parkgate had a couple of good opportunities to increase their lead, Ben Langford and Daniel Abdulla both going close, before a dramatic end as a ball from Johnson out to Hadley was crossed in and met by Cooper who rose to head United level with two minutes remaining.

Retford now face Basford United at home on Saturday.