Collingham 3-4 Retford United: Youthful Collingham fall short on derby day
A goal in injury time saw Collingham fall to a 4-3 defeat on derby day.
Will Hollingsworth put Collingham ahead inside a minute — to the shock of the season high gate of 156.
Retford United's Mark West equalised in the fourth minute in what proved to be a hectic start to the derby.
The chaos continued as Hollingsworth reestablished his side’s lead in the 25th minute, taking full advantage of an error in the Retford defence.
Tom Brook equalised for the visitors with a back post header, but Collingham quickly replied through Drew Allwood, who chased a loose back pass down before finishing.
With ten minutes to play, it seemed as if an upset was on the cards, however, the title contenders showed their persistence as they equalised again in the 83rd minute through West.
And, with little time left, Danny Abdulla charged into the box to head in the injury time winner.
Collingham boss Gary Clark said the performance was a glimpse of what is to come from his young side.
“To take the lead three times against arguably the best team in the league and not manage to come away with at least a point was a tough one to take,” said Clark.
“The effort that they put it was phenomenal.
“The crowd was unreal as well, the atmosphere added so much to the game.
“From a neutral perspective, I imagine it was a great watch but, for me and my heart, not so much.
“We could have folded after conceding but we didn’t, so at 3-2, with ten minutes to play, I thought we were gong to win the game.
“We were bombarded at times but we had dealt with their attacks so well.
“We tried numerous things to help combat their direct play and it was just a case of getting over the line, but we couldn’t quite get there.
“It was a hell of a ride and a hell of a learning curve.
“The lads were disappointed in the changing rooms having lost to that team and that is a positive sign.”
Collingham return to action tonight as they travel to Clay Cross.