Glapwell go down to Retford
Despite being the better side throughout, Glapwell were made to pay for a crazy three minutes just before half-time as they fell to a 4-2 home defeat
The difference on the day was the performance of the Retford front two, Arron Blakey and Will Tomlinson, whose pace and power caused problems a plenty for the Glapwell defence in the first half, and although they were nullified in the second period the damage had already been done in the opening 45 minutes.
The game marked the 100th appearance for the club for Ross Murcott as well as being the 50th for Adam Barratt but, unfortunately, the result did not match the milestones.
Glapwell started the game brightly, though, and took the lead after only three minutes from the penalty spot after Tom Norris was dragged down in the area. Sam Bartram stepped up and comfortably dispatched the penalty low to the keeper’s left.
Bartram, though, lasted only 12 minutes as he was forced off injured after taking a second knock having been originally clattered by Retford’s Arron Blakey after only ONE SECOND of the match.
The visitors’ front two, though, were extremely dangerous and the Glapwell backline knew they were in for a difficult time and Blakey had a chance to level on 14 minutes when he forced a mistake but he rushed his shot and dragged it well wide of the far post.
After only 20 minutes, though, Glapwell were forced into their second substitution of the afternoon when Jake Wharton had to go off with a knee injury and shortly afterwards the visitors went close when Will Tomlinson’s powerfully struck free-kick bought a decent save out of Ryan Hopkins.
The visitors did level on 26 minutes when the power of Tomlinson came to the fore as he shrugged off the presence of Tom Robley before rounding Ryan Hopkins and slotting the ball into the empty goal.
The goal had been coming in the minutes before the goal but worse was to follow for Glapwell just after the half-hour when Arron Blakey was played in and he finished well into the far corner from the edge of the area.
Glapwell responded well, though, and they had chance to level almost immediately when Josh Thomas cut the ball back from the right side to Kieran Patel but his shot was blocked for a defender.
But at the other end, the visitors threatened all too often for Glapwell’s liking and Ryan Hopkins had to be at his best to deny Tomlinson again when he again held off Robley but his shot was smothered by Hopkins at the near post.
However, Glapwell got themselves level on 41 minutes when Adam Kimberley brilliantly turned a defender inside out on the right side of the penalty area before curling a brilliant effort into the top corner.
That should have been the catalyst for Glapwell to go on and press for a victory in the second period but in the three minutes before the break the game was effectively lost as the visitors scored twice.
Firstly, just seconds after Kimberley’s equaliser, an almighty mix-up at the back allowed Tomlinson a simple tap-in from six yards out.
Then, right on the stroke of half-time, the pace and power of Arron Blakey came out again as he waltzed past Jonathan Heston down the left before cutting the ball back to Tomlinson who had a simple finish from a couple of yards out to complete his hat-trick.
As good as some of Glapwell’s play had been in the first period, the front two of Retford had been the difference and Glapwell were dealt a third injury blow of the game at the interval when Tom Robley had to be replaced after taking a blow to the face, he was replaced by debutant Sam Ward.
But, Glapwell came out in the second half looking to take the game to the visitors and they could have got themselves back in just a minute into the second period when a quickly taken short corner by Adam Kimberley to Tom Norris saw the latter’s shot blocked for another corner.
The visitors could have been completely out of sight, though, with a rare chance in the second period seeing Blakey again waltz past a defender but his pull-back this time was missed by Tomlinson in the middle who only needed a decent connection.
On 51 minutes, a great passage of football by Glapwell opened up the visitors defence with Kimberley playing a killer through ball to Jordan Jones whose shot was blocked by visiting keeper Jamie Housley with Tom Norris’ rebound clearing the bar by quite a way.
More good football then resulted in another chance but again Housley denied Glapwell as he kept out Josh Thomas’ low effort.
Glapwell continued to chip away at the visitors, without any real luck in front of goal, but some of their play was really pleasing and they really should have been back in the game with just over 15 minutes remaining when Jordan Jones’ teasing cross from the right went all the way to the back post to Jonathan Heston who clearly didn’t expect it as the ball hit him and crashed back off the post from a couple of yards.
The visitors made their changes at regular intervals in the final 15 minutes as they attempted to close the game out and hold on to what they had got but Glapwell again created chances towards the end with, firstly, Kieran Patel somehow blazing an effort high over the bar from eight yards before Adam Barratt tried his luck from distance but it was never going to test Housley in the visitors goal.
Over the 90 minutes, Glapwell had more of the play, more chances but ultimately the front two of Retford were the difference as they punished some slack Glapwell defending in the first period and they took their chances when they arrived which was something Glapwell were guilty of.
Glapwell drop to seventh after a second successive home defeat whilst Retford climb to third as they continue their strong start to their first season at this level having now taken 10 points from their opening five matches.
Glapwell have a free weekend next weekend before returning to action on September 12th, with what promises to be a tough game at home to Harworth Colliery, kick-off 3pm.
Goals: Bartram (Glapwell) pen 3; Tomlinson (Retford) 26; Blakey (Retford) 31; Kimberley (Glapwell) 41; Tomlinson (Retford) 42; Tomlinson (Retford) 45
Glapwell: Ryan Hopkins, Jake Wharton (Jordan Jones 19), Joshua Aitken, Ross Murcott, Jonathan Heston, Tom Robley (Sam Ward HT), Tom Norris, Adam Barratt, Josh Thomas, Sam Bartram (Kieran Patel 12), Adam Kimberley. Subs not used: Sean Gardner, John Styring
Glapwell Man of the Match: Adam Kimberley
Retford: Jamie Housley, Simon Brewster, Reece Brett (Adam Holdsworth 75), Ben Marro, Kyle Dennett, Matthew Bryce, Martin Woodhead, Lee Gallagher (Jason Riley 83), Will Tomlinson, Arron Blakey (Tom Sowden 90), Paul Middleton. Subs not used: Jack Grimwood, Ashley Chapman
Yellow Cards: Kimberley (Glapwell) 63; Tomlinson (Retford) 63
Referee: Kieran Hatfield (Swadlincote)