Retford edge the battle of the Badgers

Retford United 4-0 Eastwood Town'3 December 2013'Notts Senior Cup Round Three 'Reece Thompson in action for Retford United.''Football images from Retford United v Eastwood Town, Notts Senior Cup - Round Three, Jones & Co Stadium, Leverton Road, Retford, England, UK, GBR. 3 December 2013. Image copyright Jon Knight Freelance Photography. No images may be reproduced without prior permission.
Retford United 4-0 Eastwood Town'3 December 2013'Notts Senior Cup Round Three 'Reece Thompson in action for Retford United.''Football images from Retford United v Eastwood Town, Notts Senior Cup - Round Three, Jones & Co Stadium, Leverton Road, Retford, England, UK, GBR. 3 December 2013. Image copyright Jon Knight Freelance Photography. No images may be reproduced without prior permission.

Retford United progressed to the quarter-finals of the Notts Senior Cup at the expense of Evo-Stik side Eastwood Town on Tuesday night.

A 4-0 victory at the Jones and Co Stadium saw the Badgers move past the other Badgers in the round three tie.

Retford almost took the lead in the opening minute when a free-kick was put into the box by Bobby Johnson, Andy Walkden rose to head towards goal but James Wren saved well.

An Eastwood attack sawJordan Thomas getting one on one with Jody Barford, but the keeper came out on top.

On five minutes, Retford were in the lead, as a great pass from Brett Lucas found Reece Thompson and he fired home.

Craig Aspinall was unlucky when he struck over the bar, and Thompson’s lay off to Ben Muirhead was flicked back into the path of Thompson, the ball frantically cleared.

Danny O’Donnell had an effort just wide of Barford’s upright and Eastwood should have levelled when Henry Sibenge broke through, thumping the ball off the crossbar, the bouncing onto the line and out.

Thompson had another strike that Wren, at full stretch, palmed away, then not long after had the ball in the net, but was ruled offside.

On 41 minutes, United took a two goal advantage, Aspinall playing in Muirhead who took the ball in his stride to fire past Wren.

Eastwood went straight on the attack in the second half, Sibenge forcing a good save from Barford in the first minute, then a succession of corners that were all dealt with well by the home defence.

Thompson’s effort from out on the right forced another fine save from Wren, in his first game on loan at Eastwood from Tamworth.

The chances kept coming for Retford, James O’Neill firing at the keeper, and Jack Cross’ on target effort deflected for a corner.

A cross into the area was spilled by Wren with the ball falling at the feet of Muirhead who somehow put it over from close range.

In the last five minutes, Retford would double their lead, shortly after a brave save at the feet of Thompson by Wren, Richard Medcalf made his way into the box, but was felled and awarded a penalty.

Bobby Johnson stepped up to hit home a superb effort with the keeper well beaten and put the Badgers of Retford into the next round.

In the 89th minute, Thompson challenged the keeper as he collected the ball at the edge of his box, Wren reacted by head butting the Retford player in the back and immediately started to walk to the changing rooms even before a straight red card was issued.

An outfield player took over and his first job was to pick the ball out of the net after another penalty from Johnson gave United a 4-0 win.

United make the short trip to Worksop Parramore in the league on Saturday.