Despite Leyton Nethercot, Callum McGarry and Kieran Knight unavailable to start Eastwood still fielded a very strong side and were far to good for Retford. Charlie Niblett made his first start in two months as he returned from suspension. Tremere Lindo and Owen Everton also returned to the starting eleven.
The game started off slow with Eastwood struggling to keep hold of the ball as Retford flew out the blocks and closed down every pass. The Retford number nine was causing some problems to the Eastwood back three, five minutes gone the Retford number nine dispossessed Danny Tring but his effort was wide of the goal.
Retford opened the scoring on eleven minutes Connor Wrenn's back pass to keeper Jake Pearson was miss controlled by the Eastwood goalkeeper and he eventually lost out to the Retford striker he poked the ball into the net from 5 yards out.
On twenty-seven minutes the game was stopped for an hour as Brandon Bellfield went in for a 50/50 tackle and came off badly, breaking his leg in two places, everyone at Eastwood CFC would like to wish Brandon the best of luck with his recovery.
When the game eventually resumed at 16:27 Retford soon doubled their lead 2-0. Eight minutes before the break Eastwood halved the deficit Joe Butler getting himself on the score sheet.
HT Eastwood CFC Reserves 1-2 Retford United Development
After a stern talking to at half time Eastwood came out fresh and re-energised and took the game to Retford. Joe Butler completed his hat trick in twelve second half minutes, his second coming from an Owen Everton cross and Butler smashes home from the edge of the area and his third a simple one-on-one which was well finished by the big man. 3-2
Within nine seconds of the restart Eastwood doubled their lead Jack Smith firing home from the edge of the box for 4-2 Eastwood turned the game completely on his head with over half an hour still to play.
Kieran Knight and Takunda Mushambi entered the field to further enhance Eastwood's attack. Jack Smith corner was met by Danny Tring at the far post to extend Eastwood's advantage and very quickly it was six as substitute Kieran Knight got himself on the score sheet with another excellent goal to add to his collection 6-2.
Two goals in as many minutes meant it was seven then eight, Jack Smith's ball in to the chest of Joe Butler was superbly controlled and the big striker turned an riffled the ball home for his fourth of the game, Kurt Harrison hard work in the centre of the pitch was rewarded on 75 minutes when his surging run ended in a goal 8-2.
Connor Wrenn clumsy tackle in the penalty area gave Retford a spot kick which the dually put away to reduce the score line, 8-3. Joe Butler scored his fifth and Eastwood's ninth before playing a one-two with Kieran Knight to help set up the teenager's second of the afternoon.
In the final ten minutes Kieran Knight secured a twenty seventh minute hat trick as a substitute and then rounded off the scoring with his fourth of the game and his thirty-ninth of the season.
FT Eastwood CFC Reserves 12-3 Retford United Development
Eastwood CFC Res Team
1 Jake Pearson
2 Connor Wrenn
3 Charlie Niblett (Takunda Mushambi 56)
4 Danny Tring
5 Kurt Harrison
6 Brandon Bellfield (Callum Clarke 27)
7 Owen Everton
8 Tremere Lindo (Kieran Knight 58)
9 Jack Smith
10 Joe Butler
11 Tom Eastwood
12 Takunda Mushambi
14 Tremaine Freestone
15 Callum Clarke
16 Josh Rafferty
17 Kieran Knight
Man Of The Match: Brandon Bellfield
Updated 18:00 - 17 Jan 2018 by Zander Shayler