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Wilson takes charge at Badgers

19th December, 2016

Retford United have announced a change of manager following Saturday's 13-0 defeat at Nottinghamshire neighbours AFC Mansfield in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division on Saturday.

Darren Giovannetti has left the club with a statement from the Badgers reading: "Recent results have not been acceptable for a club of this level, therefore this change will create a new direction for the club.

"Retford United would like to thank Darren for all his efforts and wish him all the best for the future."

His successor is former Retford player Mark Wilson who will take charge of his first game at home to Armthorpe Welfare on Boxing Day.

Wilson, who has over 25 years footballing experience, began his non-league career at Frickley Athletic after finishing as a professional at Huddersfield Town.

Other clubs he played for include AFC Emley, Buxton, Harrogate Town, Bradford Park Avenue, Glapwell, Grantham Town and Worksop Town whilst he gained vital experience as a player/assistant manager at Ossett Town and, most recently, Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Wilson said about his new role: "Along my career, I have made a lot of contacts with players and managers who I will be leaning on to get Retford out of the trouble they are in.

"I am familiar with Retford as I played 28 consecutive games last season before joining local team Worsbrough Bridge Athletic who I will be leaving to pursue my management career.

"I will be a player as well as, over the years, I have accumulated nearly a thousand appearances, I am only thirteen away.

"I'd like to thank Worsbrough, the lads and the people behind the scenes.

"I gave everything to them as I have with every club and Retford United will be no exception.

"It's going to be hard but I've never shied away from a battle."

(Story Source: Retford United)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Cleethorpes Town 42 108 99
2 Pickering Town 42 97 72
3 Bridlington Town 42 88 53
4 Handsworth Parramore 42 83 75
5 Thackley 42 78 35
6 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 69 36
7 AFC Mansfield 42 66 24
8 Albion Sports 42 66 1
9 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 65 12
10 Athersley Recreation 42 62 -8
11 Liversedge 42 59 26
12 Bottesford Town 42 56 -1
13 Worksop Town 42 55 -6
14 Maltby Main 42 54 -16
15 Garforth Town 42 53 -19
16 Clipstone 42 49 -22
17 Parkgate 42 41 -30
18 Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 38 -36
19 Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 38 -70
20 Barton Town Old Boys 42 34 -75
R Armthorpe Welfare 42 24 -68
R Retford United (-3) 42 24 -82
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Hall Road Rangers 42 96 62
P Pontefract Collieries 42 95 75
3 AFC Emley 42 95 72
4 Grimsby Borough 42 89 46
5 Hallam 42 82 59
P Penistone Church 42 82 38
7 Knaresborough Town 42 70 19
8 Campion 42 68 28
9 Eccleshill United 42 66 15
10 Selby Town 42 61 -2
11 Glasshoughton Welfare 42 59 9
12 Winterton Rangers 42 59 8
13 Yorkshire Amateur 42 53 -4
14 Brigg Town 42 49 -42
15 Rossington Main 42 45 -17
16 Teversal 42 45 -27
17 Ollerton Town 42 43 -29
18 Shirebrook Town 42 39 -47
19 Dronfield Town 42 35 -44
20 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 35 -75
R Westella & Willerby 42 27 -59
22 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 15 -85

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