North Ferriby 1-2 Retford (Northern Counties East League Division One) 08.01.22
Ten-man Retford came from behind to see off high-flying hosts, North Ferriby, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon; a big win for Chris Woodhead’s side would see them fall behind midway through the first half, level just past the hour, then have Graeme Severn dismissed, before snatching the points in stoppage time.
The NCEL Division One high-fliers started the game strongly, as was to be expected, Josh Whiteley having an early chance for them, whilst George White would see a rising effort clear the crossbar, the two sides looking to gain an early upper-hand prior to the opener.
Having been forced into an early change, it was to be the hosts who’d take an interval lead, after 22 minutes, a free-kick being awarded on the left which resulted in Niall Tilsely rising to head the ball past Jon Kennedy in the visitors goal.
Both Alex Wonham and Jack Walters had successive chances for the Choughs, but Jordan Douglas was proving a tough nut to crack in the Ferriby goal, whilst Whiteley was himself being a continuous thorn at the other end, including seeing an effort crash against Kennedy’s upright.
The second half though, that would see Woodhead’s heart skip a few beats, and the Retford faithful take more than a few gasps of air, it containing a number of twists and turns, fortunately finishing in favour of the visitors.
Tilsely, Whiteley, and Richard Medcalf, the latter having come on just prior to Ferriby’s first half opener, would register a number of early, second half opportunities, but Kennedy and his back line held firm when needed.
It’s good that they did as well for, not long after the hour mark had passed, the Choughs were level.
Zach Casburn made a burst into the Ferriby box and, playing the ball to Alex Wonham, he unleashed a left-footed effort from the edge of the box, and into Douglas’ net, much to the delight of his teammates, and the travelling fans.
The goal would see the Choughs striker reach double-figures for the season, but the excitement didn’t last too long, the visitors being dealt a blow when, with a little over twenty minutes remaining, Graeme Severn saw red.
A rash challenge on the left from the Choughs defender would mean a tough finish for his side, but they made it work, and boy did they do so.
A back-and-forth closing quarter would, with ten minutes to go, see Woodhead make a decisive change, bringing on Adam Scott for Zach Casburn.
Haydn Goddard (Retford), Danny East and Whiteley (Ferriby) had chances late on to snatch a winner for their respective sides, but it was to be in stoppage time when it finally did arrive.
Deep into stoppage time, late substitute, Adam Scott, would be seen to collect the ball and drive forward into the hosts’ box, turn past one defender, skip the challenge of a second, before firing the ball past the outstretched fingertips of Douglas, and into the goal.
It was a great way for the ten men of Retford to come from behind and claim a big win over one of the division’s high-fliers and afterwards, the Choughs boss said of the victory: “Today was amazing, the lads have done the club proud again.”
“This team have shown again their love for playing for this club. They are local lads who have the heart and desire to do well for Retford.”
“The noise at the end from the away supporters was fantastic, thank you to those that travelled and the lads really do appreciate the support both home and away.”
Victory for Woodhead’s Choughs side would see them narrow the gap on sixth place Rossington Main to just two points, and three behind fifth place Selby Town, and with at least a game in hand on those above them.
Next up for the Choughs, it’s the table-toppers, Hallam, who head to The Rail, on Saturday 15 January.
Retford: Jon Kennedy, Leon Loftus-Larcombe, Haydn Goddard, Graeme Severn, Matthew Parkin, Liam Bennett, George White, Jack Johnson, Zach Casburn (Adam Scott 81), Alex Wonham, Jack Walters (Liam White 59).
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @Retford_FC action from North Ferriby as Retford come from behind to win with ten men.