Retford United caretaker boss proud, despite defeats to Armthorpe and Tadcaster

Retford United 4-3 Selston FC (AET)'Notts Senior Cup - Round Three'Tuesday 2nd December 2014'Adam Lee in action for Retford United.''Jon Knight 07825 047766
Retford United 4-3 Selston FC (AET)'Notts Senior Cup - Round Three'Tuesday 2nd December 2014'Adam Lee in action for Retford United.''Jon Knight 07825 047766

Retford United’s caretaker boss Rich Williams expressed his pride at the performance of his youngsters in midweek, as life at the Jones and Co Stadium goes on.

Badgers were rocked a week ago, with the sacking of manager Paul Ward, the appointment then instant resignation of new gaffer Russ Eagle and the mass walkout of the first team committee.

The situation threatened Retford’s NCEL Premier status, but an emergency meeting yielded progress, with an acting working committee formed to keep the club alive.

Supporters Club chairman Ian Beech is the acting chair of the committee and former Retford United chairman Brian Jackson, who founded the club in 1987, is vice chairman.

Rob Roberts, Kevin Swannack and Chris Woodhead also joined the committee, with Williams acting as secretary and first team manager until a new boss can be found.

It was Williams who took charge of the side on Saturday, assisted by Ben Muirhead and Under 21s manager Chris Woodhead, when they went down 5-1 at home to Armthorpe Welfare.

Tuesday night’s visit of title hopefuls Tadcaster Albion brought another defeat, this time by a 6-1 scoreline.

But the caretaker manager praised his squad.

“Very proud of my young lads tonight, they worked their backsides off and never gave up, surrounded by some real quality from the few seniors,” he said.

Williams will return to his role as head of youth development when a replacement manager is appointed.

Applications for the role should be emailed to richwilliams72@yahoo.co.uk.

All applications need to be put to the club by Friday 6th February and will then be put to the new committee for discussion.

On Saturday, a Joe Lumsden first half hat-trick had Retford 3-0 down to Armthorpe Welfare.

And although Adam Lee pulled a goal back after the break, two late goals from Stewart Preston consigned Badgers to a defeat to one of their relegation rivals.

The quality of the opposition got tougher in midweek, when high flying Tadcaster Albion visited, but Retford took a shock second minute lead.

Liam Coxon found the net to put Badgers 1-0 up, before Tadcaster took over with goals from Daniel Gray, Vincent Dhesi, Patrick Miller, Carl Stewart (2) and Callum Ward.

This Saturday Retford United visit Liversedge.