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Under 16 Red - Match centre

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Eastwood Commnity
Radcliffe Olympic Red
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O Jones-Wilkinson (13'), J Jones-Wilkinson (57'), C Bland (80')
Sat 29 Sep 13:00 - Notts Youth Football League - U16 Division One Saturday

Thrilling 80th Minute Winner Seals a Magnificent Display

Radcliffe learned why you play to the very final whistle today with a last gasp goal that grabbed all three points against a very good Eastwood team.

Radcliffe could have no excuses today, playing at the best venue in the league with a great spectator stand and an immaculate 3G surface.

With a squad of 12 and confidence from last week’s game I fully expected them to step up against a very tough Eastwood side.

The opening salvos showed that both teams were here to play lovely passing football and threaten the back line - never easy to defend against pace on a 3G with the wingers and attackers able to turn on a sixpence.

Radcliffe started with a back three to pack the centre of the pitch but soon made a substitution with Connor Bland making way for Ethan Fallon to drop into a back four. The cover wide was needed against a tricky Attack and their two strikers were exploiting the lack of numbers on the line.

It was going to take some skill to break down either defence and when it came it was worthy of it. Oliver Jones-Wilkinson getting a sharp foot in to dispossess the Eastwood midfielder and then using his pace and balance to dance past three players into the box and slot home past the keeper for 0-1 (13).

Eastwood were threatening though and it took some great, balanced defending from Will Halstead and Ethan Fallon to keep their pacey striker in check.

Much of the joy was coming down the left flank but, time and again, Jacob Sadler was able to just get a foot in or strength out their winger and put the ball out of play.

Good chances at both ends before the break saw both keepers tested but they were up to the task and half time arrived with Radcliffe’s noses just in front.

The second half was always going to be tough with only one substitute on a sunny day but we weren’t to know what a feast of football and drama we were in for.

The referee was consistent in his decisions but it seemed he was only consistent in penalising one team - it was great to see the boys not letting this get into their heads though and football was the winner...

Eastwood finally got the luck that their great football deserved when a curling shot from the edges was watched out by Harvey Woodward in goal - or was it? A wicked bit of spin saw it curl just inside the post and we were back level at 1-1 (49).

Really unfortunate but time to take a deep breath and keep going. Almost immediately, Harvey Woodward showed what a great keeper he is with a massive save that kept us level and Radcliffe’s passing play finally created a great chance down the left for Joshua Jones-Wilkinson. It seemed to have got away from him and the keeper taken him too wide but he didn’t give up and fired across goal from the tightest of angles and found the inside of the net for 1-2 (57).

Great timing and this set up a frantic period of play where both sides had great chances but defences and keepers did their jobs well. Ethan Fallon was throwing himself in the way of everything and on the odd occasion he couldn’t, Will Halstead was there on the cover to sweep up.

George Arrowsmith, who’d been a threat all game in the channels finally got his big chance with a one on one against their keeper but his shot was just smothered to deny us the two goal lead.

Eastwood then looked to have been given the lifeline they needed by the referee with an extremely harsh decision against Ethan Fallon who was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. His hands were tight to his sides and he was 1 yard away from the blasted shot!

The resulting penalty was neatly dispatched by their striker and we were yet again level at 2-2 (66).

Neither side could complain at the score line though to be honest - it had been such a good game with each team having their chances and playing lovely flowing football.

When it came to the final test though, it was the defensive display from Radcliffe that just about edged it. Ethan, Will, Jacob and Tom were immense and Harvey Woodward showed how hard he is to beat, time and again.

With seconds left, Harvey Woodward put in a trademark long kick that was controlled by Oliver Petchell and a nice inside ball to Oliver Jones-Wilkinson saw him create some space for a return to Oliver Petchell.

His strength and directness saw a good shot that nearly nutmegged the keeper who just managed to sit on the squirted clear though and fell to an Eastwood defender who hacked clear. Any other day that’s the final whistle but today it was destined to be different. The clearance ricocheted off another Eastwood defender and the keeper had to palm the ball away again but only into the chest of Connor Bland who bundled it home for a last-gasp winner 2-3 (80).

The whistle was for the end of the game and it took a few moments for it all to sink in.

The boys had played their hearts out and never given up to claim all three points.

What a game, what a result and what a credit to U16 football.

My man of the match goes to a player that never gave up today, was determined to block everything within 30 yards of him and made critical challenges time and again - Ethan Fallon.

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Key moments

Goal Oliver Jones-Wilkinson scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
Goal Goal for Eastwood Commnity
Goal Joshua Jones-Wilkinson scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
Scored Penalty Penalty scored by Eastwood Commnity
Goal Connor Bland scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red


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80:00 Goal 2 - 3
Connor Bland scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
79:00 Sub Off
Joshua Jones-Wilkinson is substituted off for Radcliffe Olympic Red
79:00 Sub On
George Arrowsmith is substituted on for Radcliffe Olympic Red
67:00 Sub Off
George Arrowsmith is substituted off for Radcliffe Olympic Red
67:00 Sub On
Oliver Petchell is substituted on for Radcliffe Olympic Red
66:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 2
Penalty scored by Eastwood Commnity
57:00 Goal 1 - 2
Joshua Jones-Wilkinson scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
57:00 Assist
Oliver Jones-Wilkinson makes an assist for Radcliffe Olympic Red
49:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Eastwood Commnity
End of period 1
29:00 Sub Off
Oliver Petchell is substituted off for Radcliffe Olympic Red
29:00 Sub On
Connor Bland is substituted on for Radcliffe Olympic Red
13:00 Goal 0 - 1
Oliver Jones-Wilkinson scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
12:00 Sub Off
Connor Bland is substituted off for Radcliffe Olympic Red
12:00 Sub On
Ethan Fallon is substituted on for Radcliffe Olympic Red
End of period
Player of the Match
Ethan Fallon is awarded player of the match for Radcliffe Olympic Red
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Eastwood Commnity
  • Radcliffe Olympic Red
  • 0
  • Ethan Fallon Sub On 12:00'
  • Connor Bland Sub Off 12:00'
  • Oliver Jones-Wilkinson Goal 13:00'
  • Oliver Petchell Sub Off 29:00'
  • Connor Bland Sub On 29:00'
  • Goal 49:00'
  • Joshua Jones-Wilkinson Goal 57:00'
  • Oliver Jones-Wilkinson Assist 57:00'
  • Scored Penalty 66:00'
  • George Arrowsmith Sub Off 67:00'
  • Oliver Petchell Sub On 67:00'
  • Joshua Jones-Wilkinson Sub Off 79:00'
  • George Arrowsmith Sub On 79:00'
  • Connor Bland Goal 80:00'

Team selection

Woodward, Harvey Woodward, Harvey
Sadler, Jacob Sadler, Jacob
Halstead, Will Halstead, Will
Martindale, Tom Martindale, Tom
Bland, Connor Bland, Connor
Jones-Wilkinson, Joshua Jones-Wilkinson, Joshua
Willis, Jack Willis, Jack
Jackson, Fin Jackson, Fin
Jones-Wilkinson, Oliver Jones-Wilkinson, Oliver
Arrowsmith, George Arrowsmith, George
Petchell, Oliver Petchell, Oliver

League round up

Other U16 Division One Saturday results

Mansfield Town
Southwell City Sabres
Basford Utd
Burton Joyce Blue


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Basford Utd 12 34
2. Mansfield Town 13 20
3. Beeston 11 19
4. Eastwood Commnity 9 16
5. Burton Joyce Blue 9 15
6. Radcliffe Olympic Red 11 13
7. Selston 10 11


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