South Yorkshire Times, August 29
Denaby’s New Team has enough Skill.
Denaby United 2, Retford Town 4
After being a goal down in the opening minutes, then fighting back to take the lead, Denaby United’s new side, in the Midland League with Retford town, disappointed the Tickhill square fans on Saturday with a second half display which robbed them of whatever looked like to be a convincing win.
They started shakily; slow to cover an slow in getting their passes away, and the fifth minute were a goal down. Steel flicked an overhead kick from a corner to Parker, who put it just inside the post.
The defence were hard-pressed to keep Retford in check for a while, but gradually the Denaby team began to pull itself together. In the 12th minute. There were more than unlucky when Kelly, Dell, and Woodger hit shots which just wouldn’t go in in a goalmouth scramble.
There was a general tightening up all round in Denaby play and in the 29th minute they equalised when Bell nipped in to take advantage of Cox’s centre.
Seven minutes later. Denaby were ahead. A shot from Bell was half stopped by goalkeeper Palmer and full-back Heaton, and Kelly was on hand to flick it into the net.
Kelly almost got a second a minute before half-time, heading Woodger’s cross inches over the bar.
Denaby had Retford on the run at the end of the first-half, but in the second they were a changed team. The smoothness they had built up gradually disappeared as Retford took the lead again.
They equalised in the 50th minute, Dalton and Parker passing the ball across the front of the Denaby goal for Wilcoxson to score, and 3 minutes later Steele made it 3-2.
Denaby had chances, Bell and Kelly, close to scoring, but as a whole the team were not as effective as they had been earlier and 10 min from time. Retford clinched the issue, Wilcoxson following up after Clarkson had blocked a shot from Palmer.
It was disappointing that Denaby didn’t hold the initiative after being in the lead, but one match doesn’t necessarily point the way for a whole season and there is enough. skill and determination in the team for them to do well.
Not Afraid to Shoot.
The forwards, with Woodger doing much of the spadework, are not afraid to shoot – a quality that’s been lacking in the past. Bell at centre forward, used the space well and in Wroe and Roberts Denaby have two sound, hard tackling defender.
With more consistency and stamina, and viligence in covering, they could well spring a few surprises.
Team: Clarkson 6; Wroe 7, Foster 6; Roberts 7, Taylor 7, Harvey 6; Kelly 6, Stretton 6, Bell 7, Woodger 7, Cox 6