Retford United prepared for Saturday’s crunch NCEL Premier relegation clash with a comfortable friendly victory over Brodsworth Welfare on Tuesday night.
Badgers handed out a number of debuts to new players in the 2-1 victory, as Rich Williams got his side ready for a trip to fellow strugglers Liversedge on Saturday.
Despite a bobbling pitch Retford exercised control over their lower league opposition in a game which succeeded in letting the new faces gel.
Although they enjoyed the majority of the ball and most of the pressure, Retford were unable to create many goal scoring opportunities and there was little to write home about in the first half.
But just before half-time a sublime long ball from Josh Wright sliced open the Brodsworth defence, allowing Liam Wilkin to nip in for a great opportunity to open his Badgers account for the second time.
However despite beating the keeper at his near post Wilkin saw his strike rebound back off the upright.
The visitors went straight down the other end with some fancy footwork jinxing the Retford centre halves this way and that before forcing a strong save from Matt Leese.
Twenty minutes after the break Retford broke the deadlock.
A good corner from the right had the away number one flapping, allowing Brett Lucas to confidently smash the ball into the gaping net.
Five minutes later a great through- ball from Adam Lee allowed Wilkin to expertly place the ball past the oncoming keeper for a 2-0 lead.
Brodsworth got an immediate response as a momentary lack of concentration by the Retford defence allowed the visitors’ forward to skip past the vulnerable Leese.
Other than this one occasion the home defence looked more solid, and would have been deserving of a clean sheet.
With some smart passes and touches from debutant Josh Wright, the solidity provided at full-back by Matt Thornton and the energy, pace and enthusiasm of on-loan Worksop Town striker Aaron Richards there were glimmers of improvement from the men in black and white, both new and old.
These were valuable minutes for this new squad to gel ahead of a forthcoming relegation battle that starts this Saturday at Liversedge FC, who lost 4-0 to Worksop in midweek.