Newark Town 0-1 Retford United (Notts Senior Trophy Final) 10.05.22
The top two clubs in this seasons’ Central Midlands League North collided for the Notts Senior Trophy on Tuesday night at Greenwich Avenue, and it was to be league runners-up, Retford United, that would emerge victorious, defeating the league champions, by just the one, second-half goal.
It was to be fourth time in which the two sides have met this season, and, although Newark can take championship bragging rights, Retford have won three and drawn one of those four, scoring six and conceding just the once, at Newark, in the mid-April league encounter.
As for Tuesday night, it would be Liam Kay’s Badgers that would outwit Nathan Arnold’s Blues, and, in doing so, meant they would finish the 21-22 season in the manner they wanted themselves.
Charlie Baird would be seen to register the Badgers’ first real effort of the game when, after a bright opening, from both sides, his chance, on eighteen, flies wide of Harry Haywood’s goal.
Minutes later and Newark’s Ben Richards would have their first shot on goal when a free-kick from Jonny Wiles is miskicked back to him by Ainsley Finney who fires across goal, for Richards to connect, only for his effort to be saved well by Tom Crosby.
Baird would be seen to have another chance for the Badgers when, on thirty-six, his shot from distance is saved well by Haywood, whilst Igor Mlynarski tries similar as the tie headed to the break, the Blues shot-stopper proving equal to those.
The Blues would also see efforts, from Sam Bartle, and from Finney, go begging, in an even half.
Goalless at the break, the second period would begin with Brandon Kane firing wide for Retford after just a few minutes prior to the opening, and only goal of the game, being scored.
Ten minutes after Kane’s effort, Mason Barlow gets himself onto the end of a knock-on, and takes delight in putting the ball past Haywood.
The drama quickly continues, and, within five minutes of Retford scoring, were Newark down to ten men; ‘keeper Haywood, who’d already been booked, found himself dismissed for a second bookable offence, on sixty-four minutes, he having upended Mlynarski.
Newark boss, Nathan Arnold, brought Nick Eatough on for the final twenty, between the sticks and he was quickly called into action, finger-tipping onto the post, whilst a late effort from the Badgers is straight at Eatough, whilst Wiles would fire over with five remaining.
Near ten minutes of stoppage time failed to produce an equaliser, Liam Kay’s Badgers holding on for a silver lining to their season, both sides now looking to recuperate, strengthen, and prepare, for what the next has to offer.
Newark Town: Harry Haywood, Sam Bartle, Ben Richards, Rhys Lewis (Nick Eatough 67), Tom Ward, Kosi Nwobi. Jonny Wiles, Raheem Sunmonu (Dan Horton 83), Lewis Chambers, Ainsley Finney, Chanju Mphande (Elliott Burrell 76).
Retford United: Tom Crosby, Owen Fieldsend, Stuart Ludlam, Tom Brook, Aaron Fell, Mason Barlow, Danny Booth, Brandon Kane, Igor Mlynarski, Charlie Baird, Mark West.
Venue: Greenwich Avenue
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @RetfordUnited the Retford team celebrate their trophy win.