Manager Rudy Funk bought captain Danny Patterson off and introduced new signing James Cullingworth for his debut. Within minutes of him coming on Cullingworth had gotten on the scoresheet with a low drive from the edge of the box.
Another substitute then got in on the act, Lynton Karkach cut in from the left and drilled his effort past Valente to make it 7. Ghaichem provided the cross on 72 minutes that Ryan Williams finished off to make it 8-0.
From the kick-off AFC regained possession and the ball fell to Cullingworth 25 yards out who hit a superb drive that left Valente rooted to the spot as it flew into the top corner for number 9.
Double figures came on 77 minutes, Jason Paling’s initial effort was saved by Valente but the ball came back to him and a little layoff to Karkach saw the striker neatly place the ball into the bottom corner.
Gary Bradshaw finally got the goal he deserved on 80 minutes, finishing from inside the box to ake it 11-0. The Bulls weren’t finished yet, 2 minutes later and Cullingworth made it 12-0 and a hat-trick on his debut.
The icing on the cake for Cullingworth was a 4th goal 2 minutes from time, another low drive inside the box to give him 4 goals in 30 minutes and the Man of the Match award.
It finished 13-0 and in truth could have been a lot more, according to reports the manager and most of the players have left the club. The new manager, Matt ‘Willy’ Wilson will have just over a week to put together a side before facing Armthorpe Welfare on Boxing Day.
AFC Mansfield have Handsworth Parramore to contend with on Boxing Day at their Sandy Lane home in Worksop.
AFC Mansfield: White, Plummer, Dudley, Allott (Paling 65), Cheeseman, D’Laryea, Williams, Patterson (C) (Cullingworth 60), Fearon (Karkach 62), Bradshaw, Ghaichem. Subs not used: Timons & Naylor.
Retford Utd: Valente, Betts, Amendola, Adkins (C), MacNeil, Tully, Walker, Bennett, Johal, Dear, Walters. Subs: Addelsee, Raby, Shannon & Wright.
Referee: Mr Mark Tinsley (Notts)
Assistants: Mr Jordan Bancroft (Notts) & Mr David Constable (Derbys)
MoM: James Cullingworth
Man of the Match: James Cullingworth