After the excitement of the match on Tuesday evening, Retford FC now prepare to welcome Parkgate FC to the Rail Ground as they look to continue their unbeaten start to the season...just!
The Dronfield match saw the visitors race into a 4-0 lead by half time, and no-one in the ground could have predicted what would happen in the second half.
Down to nine men, with Haydn Goddard in the "sin bin" and a red card for Josh Street, the Choughs had a tough uphill battle to salvage anything from the game, however the players had other ideas and Shay Evans-Booth starting the comeback on 72 minutes, Jack Johnson reduced the arrears again five minutes later to set up a barnstorming final ten minutes.
Evans-Booth's free kick to make it 3-4 had many believing the come back was on - and that was certainly the case in stoppage time when Jack Johnson hit the leveller with virtually the last kick of the game.
A somewhat drained Chris Woodhead said after the match, "Well that was an eventful night.....I don’t know where to start.. I’ll just say we are proud of the lads."
"To get a 4-4 draw after being down 4-0 with 10 men it's all credit to our lads."
Another healthy crowd of 152 didn't go unnoticed again "Thank you so much for the support. Over 150 attendance on a Tuesday night. We are overwhelmed. I hope you enjoyed it in the end. We appreciate it."
The draw puts Retford back at the top of the table, second only to Selby Town on goal difference.
Attention now turns to the game against Parkgate on Saturday - like Retford they have played four games so far, and despite two early wins against Armthorpe Welfare (1-0) and Glasshoughton Welfare (3-2) they have had two tough games coming out on the losing side against North Ferriby (0-1) and their last outing a 5-1 defeat at home to Worsborough Bridge.
Looking ahead to the Parkgate game, Woodhead said “Tuesday night was a definite welcome to the step up to the NCEL. This weekwe meet Parkgate who have had a mix bag of results but I know a few of their players and they have quality. The main thing is that we start a lot better and play with more quality. The lads want to put it right.”