Williams quits, Badgers beaten by ELEVEN goals and new boss Sellars comes in

NWGU 21-2-15 Retford,   Worksop Town (Orange & Black kit)  V  Retford United, (Black & White stripes) at Cannon Park, Retford.'AAction pics
NWGU 21-2-15 Retford, Worksop Town (Orange & Black kit) V Retford United, (Black & White stripes) at Cannon Park, Retford.'AAction pics

Retford United have appointed a new first team manager after the resignation of interim boss Rich Williams.

Former Hallam FC supremo Chris Sellars and his assistant Wayne Thompson will take charge, starting this weekend at Barton Town Old Boys.

Sellars has previously managed in the NCEL with Hallam FC, who parted company with him in March of last year.

Williams had agreed to take control of the Retford first team in January, following the departure of Paul Ward, and the subsequent mass resignation of the first team commitee.

The interim manager’s brief was to ensure the remaining NCEL Premier fixtures were fulfilled, and attempting to lift Retford away from relegation trouble.

After bringing in a number of players, both new and old, Williams took charge of four league games, including the Badgers’ first victory since November when they beat Liversedge 2-0.

But despite improved performances Retford remain in the relegation zone of the NCEL Premier Division after Saturday’s 6-0 beating by Heanor at Cannon Park, and Tuesday night’s 11-0 thrashing by Bridlington – when the Badgers could only name 10 players.

The manager has decided to concentrate on his role as development officer at the club and will remain as secretary until the end of the season.

A club statement said: “Retford United go on record to thank Williams for his hard work and efforts over the last few weeks.”

Tuesday night was a low point in a difficult season for Retford United, as their 10 men were blitzed by Bridlington.

The Seasiders created 45 attempts on goal, in a match that was over as a contest after just 15 minutes, Eddy Birch and a Craig Hogg brace making it 3-0.

Chris Adams got the first of his two goals in the 28th minute, and then headed in another from close range eight minutes later.

Hogg completed his hat-trick from a couple of yards after Tom Fleming’s low pass as Town cut through the Retford defence at will.

And he claimed his fourth of the night with a header to make it 7-0 in the 44th minute, although the final touch came off the unfortunate Ben Marro.

There was even time for Town to find the net again before half-time, but Danny Brunton was offside as he followed up when Conner Harman’s shot was saved.

Hogg carried on where he left off after the break, drilling a low shot into the corner for number eight.

Retford’s Brett Lucas had a header cleared by Brunton, but the one-way traffic continued soon afterwards.

Harman’s shot squirmed through keeper Matthew Leese’s hands and over the line.

After a 15-minute wait, Town reached double figures. Adams had hit the outside of the post and Ash Allanson had a shot well saved, before Harman scored his second from 12 yards at the second attempt.

Sub Lewis Poucher hit number 11 in the 77th minute as he took advantage of a poor clearance.

Retford return to action on Saturday, when they travel to Barton Town Old Boys.