Thumping 13-1 Win for Radcliffe Against Nottingham Education FC
By Dave Martindale
Radcliffe run riot in 13-1 rout against Education FC who never stopped threatening and finally got their goal on 79 mins.
Radcliffe had just 11 players for today’s game with their captain, Jack Willis, failing a late fitness test on his knee. It was time to test the 3-5-2 formation and see if the boys could get their first points on the board for the season.
Radcliffe started really bright and the width they created was pulling the Education FC defence all over the place. A good ball from Morgan Roberts found Oliver Jones-Wilkinson in space in the box and he wasn’t going to miss that making it 1-0 (8). Moments later it was Fin Jackson who battled well to get the ball on the edges and delivered to Joshua Jones-Wilkinson who shot low and hard past the keeper for 2-0 (10).
Radcliffe were all over their opponents now with some great football being played, almost as though the last two week’s unlucky results were being scrubbed from their memories, and a lovely bit of guile from Oliver Jones-Wilkinson slipped George Arrowsmith in for a great goal to make it 3-0 (12).
Again, Radcliffe pressed and this time Joshua Jones-Wilkinson down the left delivered a sumptuous cross that Fin Jackson didn’t even have to jump for, nodding it home for 4-0 (18).
Education FC were still trying to play their football and their tricky striker was keeping the Radcliffe back three honest but the momentum was definitely with the blues and with the midfield five all competing really well it was quite one-way traffic. The next was created by a lovely ball in from Morgan Roberts and George Arrowsmith did what he does best and fired home for 5-0 (23).
From the kick off the twins teamed up with a neat one-two; Oliver Jones-Wilkinson feeding his brother who hit the back of the net to make it 6-0 (24). The seventh was a carbon copy of the fourth, Joshua Jones-Wilkinson delivering a pinpoint cross for Fin Jackson to get his second for 7-0 (29).
Fin Jackson was having one of those games where he seemed to be involved in everything and his commitment to win the ball back paid off again when a challenge on the Education FC full back saw him one on one with the keeper and hit the net for his hat-trick and 8-0 (33).
Not content with the match ball, Fin Jackson then skimmed home for a fourth from a lovely Connor Bland assist to end the half 9-0 (36).
Education FC came out in the second half really firing and had stepped up their game several notches but Radcliffe had the wind in their sails after an amazing first half performance and kept fighting for that clean sheet.
On 52 mins Education’s pressure was rewarded when a cross was adjudged to be handled on the very edge of the box and the resulting penalty was a great chance to get back in the game. Up stepped their player to drill a shot low and hard into the corner but Harvey Woodward was up to the challenge with a great save.
A goal kick was flicked on well by Will Halstead and Oliver Petchell finally got his goal (having hit the post a little earlier with a great effort) 10-0 (55). George Arrowsmith was then unselfish with a nice touch into the path of Oliver Jones-Wilkinson and he made no mistake for his brace and 11-0 (57).
Fin Jackson hadn’t finished yet though, saving the best to last with a great ball for Oliver Petchell to drill home for 12-0 (66) and then a sublime free kick that curled and dipped into the corner for 13-0 (68).
With such a great display of passing and attacking football it would have been great to get that clean sheet that everyone had worked so hard for as well but with 11 players you’re always going to tire and I don’t begrudge Education FC the goal on 79 mins, worked well and fired home across Harvey Woodward into the far corner.
The final whistle went and 13-1 didn’t flatter us. A comprehensive display, capped off by a man-of-the-match performance by Fin Jackson - at times, unplayable and full of spirit...and goals.
Eight separate players with assists and/or goals in a squad performance enjoyed thoroughly by all 5 spectators...