Thursday, January 13, 2011

Manchester side to bring big crowd for meeting with Retford at Cannon Park

 Source: This is Retford

 RETFORD UNITED joint manager Dave Lloyd feels his side face a stern test this Saturday, as they welcome FC United of Manchester to Cannon Park (3pm).

Retford currently lie rock-bottom of the Evo-Stik Premier Division and suffered a 7-0 defeat to Buxton last weekend.

Now Lloyd thinks his side can learn from that defeat and improve in time for this weekend's clash.

"It was very disappointing last weekend, we need to do better against FC United and get back on track," said Lloyd.

"It will be a tough game this weekend certainly, against a very good side.

"For this level they are a very big side, a well-supported side and we know how they play.

"I remember earlier on in the season they beat us 5-1 over at their place in what was a very hard match."

However Lloyd did feel they were unlucky last weekend and the scoreline did not reflect their performance.

"When the score was 0-0 we had a couple of chances to take the lead, if one of those had gone in it could have been a different result," said Lloyd.

"But when we conceded one goal we collapsed like a pack of cards and they ran riot."

Lloyd is expecting a good sized crowd this weekend, with the visitors being among the best supported sides in the league.

"Hopefully they will be able to bring a few hundred along to the game and we can get a good atmosphere at the ground," said Lloyd.

"They are coming off the back of a strong cup run and hopefully that might benefit us."

Badgers chairman Bill Wyles echoed those sentiments, as he expects the attendance could reach 600 on Saturday.

"Hopefully they are going to bring along a good following meaning our gate receipts will be boosted," said Wyles.

"It is a good game to have so soon after we missed games because of the bad wintry weather."

Lloyd was hopeful, however, that a new signing could be on the horizon.

"I've spoke to a lad about possibly joining the club," said Lloyd.

"Hopefully he will get back to us by the end of the week."