Monday, August 24, 2009, 14:40
A large crowd at Ashby Avenue saw Retford United claim a 1-1 draw against FC United of Manchester in the UniBond League Premier Division on Saturday.
The visitors had the ball in the net on eight minutes, Ben Deegan racing through to slot past James Lindley. But his celebrations, and those of the vociferous travelling support, were soon silenced as the flag was raised for offside.
Shortly before the break, a flashpoint in the match saw Terry Barwick challenge Danny Warrener, then the FC United player retaliated causing players from both sides to get involved.
Once calm was restored, the referee cautioned Barwick for his part, and Warrener counted himself lucky as he only saw yellow for the retaliation.
Retford opened the scoring on 52 minutes when good work from Neil Harvey sent the ball out to Chris Bettney, the winger cutting inside into the box and firing home.
However, the visitors were back on level terms five minutes later, Adam Tong rising to meet a cross and power a header into the net.
The result was the Badgers' second 1-1 draw of the season, having had the same scoreline in their opening match against North Ferriby United in mid-week.