Monday, 7 February 2011

Unity F.P 4-0 Retford United U19

Monday 7th February 2011 -- North Midlands U19 League Division 2

Batman, Robin and the Joker together again - back at Calverton again - Rob Waite and Mick Cook present again.....also had the pleasure of Keith Parnill's company for some of the game. Brian "Joker" Dennett had yet to view the delights of Unity football, and he had to wait a while to sample the usual Unity flowing game, as for the first few minutes Retford took the game to the league leaders.

However, the home team soon settled into their rhythm, and after 12 minutes they went ahead. Conor Croft showed some neat footwork near the the goal-line and drew a free-kick. The midfielder fired the kick into the 6 yard box where BLAIR ANDERSON was waiting to leap and head powerfully home.

Right back TOBY KING was next to score on 25, his 35 yard ball into the box flying over keeper Jack Smith's head before nestling in the back of the net. 2 minutes later they added to their tally. REECE JEFFRIES raced with the ball into the box, fended off a challenge and fired past Smith. JEFFRIES scored his second on 33, this time hammering the ball left-footed past Smith from 18 yards. H-T 4-0

I was invited into the Unity changing room by Manager Alan Avery at half-time - ostensibly to see the lads reactions to their first half performance, but also to add my own comments - and a bit nerve racking it was too. It's been quite a time since I was in football management, and I've not addressed a team for a long, long time! The main point was that even at 4-0 up, the team had only played to 60% of their abilities. The lads were asked to up that percentage, but Retford had other ideas, coming out with a bit more fire in their bellies, and causing a few problems at the beginning of the second half for the home defence.

The visitors almost pulled a goal back on 63 when Theo Ganderson forced a fine save from James Elliot in the Unity goal. The loose ball was fired back at goal but was hacked off the line. From that moment on, Unity defended well enough to ensure they would keep a clean sheet, although Retford never gave up and kept Unity's Richard Dean and Mario Lopez busy right until the final whistle. F-T 4-0

Thanks to both teams for an entertaining 90 minutes of football - and thanks to Alan Avery for the inside look......

Kev MOM Unity centre-half Mario Lopez

Kev MOM Retford centre-half Joe Palmer

Alan Avery gave his MOM to midfield supremo Liam Dirs. Admission £2 ( inc programme)
H/C 30

Just one more home game for Unity - versus Worksop Town - date not yet set....we'll be there!
Wednesday - Carlton Tn v Hucknall Tn

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