Young Badgers put four past Rangers

Retford United 4-0 Winterton Rangers'12 April 2014'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division 'Jack Booth in action for Retford United.''Football images from Retford United v Winterton Rangers, Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, Jones & Co Stadium, Leverton Road, Retford, England, UK, GBR. 12 April 2014. Image copyright Jon Knight Freelance Photography. No images may be reproduced without prior permission.
Retford United 4-0 Winterton Rangers'12 April 2014'Toolstation NCEL Premier Division 'Jack Booth in action for Retford United.''Football images from Retford United v Winterton Rangers, Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, Jones & Co Stadium, Leverton Road, Retford, England, UK, GBR. 12 April 2014. Image copyright Jon Knight Freelance Photography. No images may be reproduced without prior permission.

Retford boss Richard Sennett gave some of the club’s youngsters a chance to impress on Saturday, and they repaid him with a 4-0 win over Winterton Rangers.

Into the side came Jack Booth and Jason Swannack, with Jack Ward and goalkeeper Tom Fuller on the bench.

Only a minute had passed before Retford found the net, a cross by Reece Thompson was hit by Ben Muirhead with the block falling to Sam Jones who did well to turn in the box and fire the ball past Winterton keeper Ryan Musselwhite.

The crowd hardly had time to catch their breath as on three minutes, the lead was doubled through a superb strike by Bobby Johnson firing the ball in from the edge of the box to put United firmly in control.

The chances kept coming for the home side, Muirhead fired over and Kyle Hadley put in a cross that was just over the head of Booth.

Musselwhite did well to get to a ball that Johnson played in for Hadley to chase, and then did well to block a shot from Booth to keep the scoreline down.

A Winterton attack had James Hitchcock untroubled as Ben Gearing attempted to get the ball in the box, but Hitchcock was up to catch the ball.

Booth again caused problems, but was taken wide before he could have a shot.

Dec Marshall fired wide for Winterton on a rare move into the Retford half.

On the stroke of half-time, Retford scored a third goal, Booth meeting a corner that he headed in for his second of the season.

The second half saw more possession for Retford, a free-kick on the corner of the box found Sanderson who was close, then Thompson did well at the byline to clip the ball up over the keeper for Booth to strike, but he was off target.

Booth somehow missed another great opportunity, a cross in from Hadley got a touch from Lewis Trice that put the ball in to the path of Booth, his first strike was blocked by the keeper with his second effort somehow smothered in front of goal as the young striker looked to add to his account.

Muirhead stayed strong as he made it into the box, a push took him off his feet in the box, but nothing was given by the officials.

Swannack was having a superb game, and almost topped it off with a goal, a strong run and one-two with Johnson took the defender into the box before striking a fierce effort that was only just off target.

On 75 minutes, the fourth goal came, a long range effort by Muirhead hit the bar with the ball dropping for Thompson in front of goal to tap in with the keeper well beaten.

A flurry of changes for Retford then followed with Fuller making his full debut in place of Hitchcock in goal, but he had nothing to do as Retford continued with the pressure to see out the game and earn three points as the Badgers go into their final two games of the campaign.

United travel to Brighouse Town on Saturday in a big game that could have a bearing on the NCEL Premier Division title, followed by a final home game of the season against Garforth Town on the following Saturday (26th).