Season ends in win for Retford United

Retford United 2-1 Garforth Town'26 April 2014'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division 'Reece Thompson in action for Retford United.''Football images from Retford United v Garforth Town, Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, Jones & Co Stadium, Leverton Road, Retford, England, UK, GBR. 26 April 2014. Image copyright Jon Knight Freelance Photography. No images may be reproduced without prior permission.
Retford United 2-1 Garforth Town'26 April 2014'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division 'Reece Thompson in action for Retford United.''Football images from Retford United v Garforth Town, Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, Jones & Co Stadium, Leverton Road, Retford, England, UK, GBR. 26 April 2014. Image copyright Jon Knight Freelance Photography. No images may be reproduced without prior permission.

Retford United finished their season with a victory over Garforth Town, and with it a top 10 finish in the NCEL Premier Division.

The 2-1 win ensured the Badgers ended the 2013/14 campaign in ninth position in the league table.

Retford opened the scoring as early as two minutes, Reece Thompson finishing well after sliding Craig Fisher’s header past the keeper, despite the frantic appeals for offside from the visiting side.

Thompson then found himself through with only the keeper to beat, but his attempt to lift the ball over the advancing keeper was stopped as Ben Hunter smothered.

Garforth broke through CJ Lyle and Jody Barford had to hook the ball clear.

Sam Jones went close with his header falling inches over the crossbar, from Hadley’s cross.

A break from Garforth was stopped by Graeme Severn who set Retford on the offensive, but Thompson couldn’t get his cross into the box.

The second goal came on 36 minutes through Jones, with a powerful header from Bobby Johnson’s corner to put Retford in the driving seat.

It could have been three just before the break, Thompson netting from Muirheads ball in but this time the flag was up and the goal was disallowed.

The second half started with more pressure from Retford, Hadley working the ball well down the right wing, his ball in for Thompson was hit wide, then a corner in for Retford was won by Jake Stannard but his effort was into the arms of the keeper.

On 52 minutes, Garforth were back into the game, a great effort from Nick Black into the top corner pulled a goal back and gave the visitors something to work from.

Barford was brave to block at the feet of Ryan Carr, then a break down the right was hooked in, Danny Smith on the line to clear.

The final ten minutes saw Garforth look for something to level the scores, Barford again in action to touch the ball over, then a header wide from the resulting corner.

Johnson and Hadley worked well to set up Wilkin on the volley but he was straight at the keeper.

Carr should have found the target as he put his free header wide, then at the death, Josh Greenhalgh put the ball wide.

Retford had one final chance as Wilkin and Thompson managed to get the keeper out of his box to clear, Nelthorpe trying to get the ball back in quickly with the keeper running back, but he managed to get his hands on the ball and stop the chance.

The whistle brought down the curtain on the season.