Another step closer to the league title for a Trans-Sport.tv sponsored Retford F.C as they beat neighbours Retford United in a thrilling 5-0 rout. The second Retford Derby of the footballing year was hosted by Retford F.C. at the Rail Ground of the 20th March 2019, with both teams at the upper end of the table. RFC were aiming to continue their title aspirations with another win taking them a step closer to their title rivals, Clay Cross Town. Retford United were aiming to finish their season with the 3 points on the day.
Even before the match, drama was to be had. The match sponsors, DiFuria Contractors, flew in the match ball via a helicopter! In other news keeper captain Jon Kennedy marked his 50th appearance for the club. Here’s to fifty more Kendo!
Both teams were in excellent form before the match, RFC winning 6 out of 6 previous games and United winning 5 of out of the last 6. It was sure to be a high-quality encounter. RFC got off to a great start with a penalty being smashed straight down the middle by Will Tomlinson in the 1st minute to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Things got even better in the 30th minute as Johnson converted a tap-in after some beautiful team play. Tomlinson converted his second penalty in the 43rd minute, placing it in the right corner and making it 3-0 at half time.
The boys found continued success in the second half, with Will Tomlinson completing his hattrick to make it 4-0 and taking home the match ball in the process. Bilham completed the scoring with a sublime shot after a corner clearance from United, with the full time score ending as a 5-0 rout.
Retford F.C smashed their own attendance record with a massive 706 people coming to see the derby! In comparison, the game at Rail Ground against league leaders Clay Cross Town drew 263 people. What a result!
Trans-Sport.tv’s Business Development Manager, Rosie Cope had this to say.” We are so very proud to support everyone involved in Retford FC. We’ve partnered them since day one and share their clear family values and ethos for developing everyone in the team. We’ve seen them grow into the most prominent and successful club in the area. Everyone down at the Rail Ground, from the Under 7’s to the Senior First Team, have a great future under Chris, Kev and all the team. It’s really lovely for us all here at Trans-Sport.tv to be playing a small part in the Retford FC success story. Up the Choughs!”
With 3 more matches in the league to go for Retford F.C the chance for a league title looks very promising, with manager Chris Woodhead calling the next fixtures ‘3 Cup Finals’. RFC now only need to secure 5 points from their remaining 3 games to guarantee a 1st place finish.