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Under 16 Red - Match centre

Mansfield Town
Radcliffe Olympic Red
Unknown (29', 38', 57')
Full time
G Arrowsmith (62'), F Jackson (30' Pen)
Sat 15 Sep 13:00 - Notts Youth Football League - U16 Division One Saturday

Radcliffe Go Down 3-2 Again Against Mansfield Town Academy

A very tough game against an incredibly well drilled side gives Radcliffe their second 3-2 result in 7 days

First away game of the season saw Radcliffe pitched against Mansfield Town who are new to the NYL, having been allowed to put their Academy teams into the league a year up this season.

The 3G surface was definitely something that suited their passing and possession style of football and the start of the first half showed just how well drilled they were.

Radcliffe struggled to get near the ball at times, chasing shadows a little, and with only one substitute this could prove to be critical later in the game.

The back line was being tested quite often but Mansfield weren’t too clinical and Will Halstead marshalled things well. Radcliffe were sloppy in possession though and with so little of the ball we couldn’t afford to keep giving it back.

Having said that, Ollie Petchell could easily have had a penalty when he was scythed down after knocking the ball forward on the edges of the area but the referee was unsighted and decided he couldn’t give it.

It was only a matter of time though and Mansfield finished a lovely passing move with a ball over the top for their number 9 who took it round Harvey Woodward and tucked in from the tight angle with Ethan Fallon despairingly trying to clear off the line. 1-0 (29).

Almost from the kick off though, Radcliffe finally got some luck from a good cross when Morgan Roberts was clearly impeded in the area and this time the referee had a good view and pointed to the spot.

Fin Jackson made no mistake, tucking the resultant penalty into the bottom corner for 1-1 (30).

The Mansfield players were still finding their men much better though and a ball wide to the right flank was beautifully delivered across the box to be slammed home past Harvey Woodward who had no chance for 2-1 (38).

Half time saw us down 2-1 and chasing the game against a very accomplished team. The team talk was all about getting closer to the opposition and closing the space better when off the ball and then using the ball more wisely when we had it.

Radcliffe started the second half much brighter and seemed to have taken heed of the advice - getting much closer to Mansfield in play and starting their attacks much further up the pitch. George Arrowsmith was a threat down the channels and Ollie Petchell driving at their back line was causing more trouble.

Connor Bland had his best chance down the right with a lovely run that saw him cut in and absolutely power drive a shot that the keeper just managed to feather over the bar

A few shots from distance were all we could get away though and their keeper had them covered. In fact, the next goal was a little against the run of play but well worked by Mansfield for 3-1 (57).

Again through, Radcliffe kept at it and were rewarded not long later with a good run from Ollie Petchell and pass to Joshua Jones-Wilkinson who tee’d up George Arrowsmith who shifted well and struck low and hard past the keeper for 3-2 (62).

The remaining time was very much 50:50 in terms of threat, with Radcliffe moving to a back three and packing the midfield to start their attacks higher and negate the width of Mansfield.

Harvey Woodward pulled off an amazing save low to his right to keep Radcliffe in the game with ten minutes to go and almost with the last kick of the game, Joshua Jones Wilkinson ran into the box to meet a lovely cross only to see it drilled it agonisingly wide of the right upright.

The whistle ended the encounter and, for the second week in a row, Radcliffe had showed how competitive they can be but had no points to show for it.

With performances like this though surely it’s just a matter of time before we get our first points on the board.

My man of the match goes to Will Halstead for a rock solid performance in both the back four and the back three, showing some great decision making and using his pace really well to cover time and again.

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Will Halstead

Player of the Match

Will Halstead

Key moments

Goal Goal for Mansfield Town
Scored Penalty Fin Jackson scores a penalty for Radcliffe Olympic Red
Goal Goal for Mansfield Town
Goal Goal for Mansfield Town
Goal George Arrowsmith scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red


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80:00 Player of the Match
Will Halstead is awarded player of the match for Radcliffe Olympic Red
80:00 Sub Off
Jack Willis is substituted off for Radcliffe Olympic Red
73:00 Sub On
Ethan Fallon is substituted on for Radcliffe Olympic Red
73:00 Sub Off
Tom Martindale is substituted off for Radcliffe Olympic Red
62:00 Assist
Joshua Jones-Wilkinson makes an assist for Radcliffe Olympic Red
62:00 Goal 3 - 2
George Arrowsmith scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
57:00 Goal 3 - 1
Goal for Mansfield Town
56:00 Sub Off
Ethan Fallon is substituted off for Radcliffe Olympic Red
56:00 Sub On
Morgan Roberts is substituted on for Radcliffe Olympic Red
40:00 Sub On
Joshua Jones-Wilkinson is substituted on for Radcliffe Olympic Red
40:00 Sub Off
Morgan Roberts is substituted off for Radcliffe Olympic Red
End of period 1
38:00 Goal 2 - 1
Goal for Mansfield Town
30:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 1
Fin Jackson scores a penalty for Radcliffe Olympic Red
29:00 Goal 1 - 0
Goal for Mansfield Town
26:00 Sub On
Fin Jackson is substituted on for Radcliffe Olympic Red
26:00 Sub Off
Joshua Jones-Wilkinson is substituted off for Radcliffe Olympic Red
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Mansfield Town
  • Radcliffe Olympic Red
  • 0
  • Joshua Jones-Wilkinson Sub Off 26:00'
  • Fin Jackson Sub On 26:00'
  • Goal 29:00'
  • Fin Jackson Scored Penalty 30:00'
  • Goal 38:00'
  • Joshua Jones-Wilkinson Sub On 40:00'
  • Morgan Roberts Sub Off 40:00'
  • Ethan Fallon Sub Off 56:00'
  • Morgan Roberts Sub On 56:00'
  • Goal 57:00'
  • George Arrowsmith Goal 62:00'
  • Joshua Jones-Wilkinson Assist 62:00'
  • Tom Martindale Sub Off 73:00'
  • Ethan Fallon Sub On 73:00'
  • Jack Willis Sub Off 80:00'

Team selection

Woodward, Harvey Woodward, Harvey
Sadler, Jacob Sadler, Jacob
Fallon, Ethan Fallon, Ethan
Jones-Wilkinson, Joshua Jones-Wilkinson, Joshua
Halstead, Will Halstead, Will
Martindale, Tom Martindale, Tom
Bland, Connor Bland, Connor
Willis, Jack Willis, Jack
Petchell, Oliver Petchell, Oliver
Arrowsmith, George Arrowsmith, George
Roberts, Morgan Roberts, Morgan

League round up

Other U16 Division One Saturday results

Southwell City Sabres
Basford Utd
Nottingham Education
Eastwood Commnity


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Basford Utd 13 37
2. Mansfield Town 13 20
3. Beeston 12 19
4. Radcliffe Olympic Red 13 19
5. Eastwood Commnity 9 16
6. Burton Joyce Blue 9 15
7. Selston 11 11


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