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Under 16 Red - Match centre

Selston
Radcliffe Olympic Red
Unknown (40', 49', 55', 68' Sent Off)
Full time
J Jones-Wilkinson (9'), G Arrowsmith (29'), O Petchell (56'), O Skinner (64')
Sat 13 Oct 12:30 - Notts Youth Football League - U16 Division One Saturday

Terrible Conditions But A Great Game of Football Nonetheless

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Radcliffe managed the conditions better than their opposition today in a great, flowing game of football, marred only by a sending off for Selston’s striker after a very late challenge.

The wind was gale force and blustering diagonally across the open pitch this afternoon which was never going to make for flowing football but both teams were determined to make the most of it and a very enjoyable spectacle it turned out to be.

Radcliffe had the better of the wind direction first half and took full advantage early on with a neat one-two between George Arrowsmith and Josh Jones-Wilkinson, the latter finishing neatly past the keeper for 0-1 (9).

Radcliffe were seizing the goal a little, helped by the swirling wind and Selston’s back line did very well to keep the deficit down. Their keeper twice saving smartly when George Arrowsmith had broken the line and got a shot away.

Selston did have the odd chance though, their physical number 9 playing tight on Jack Willis who’d had to drop into a makeshift back three with the absence of Ethan Fallon and Will Halstead having broken his finger. Jack Willis was immense though, sweeping up pretty much everything and giving as good as he got when he had to.

Tom Martindale and Jacob Sadler were also dealing well with the ball in the air, even though you could never tell exactly where it was going to drop...

Ollie Skinner had finally been able to join us for a cameo appearance in a Radcliffe shirt and on 23 mins he joined the action with all to play for, Connor Bland making way and Ollie Petchell dropping onto the right wing.

From inside his own half, Oliver Jones-Wilkinson curled a long ball forward and it held on the wind and dropped perfectly for George Arrowsmith to run onto - no guesses for where it ended up, clinical finishing and 0-2 (29).

If anything, Radcliffe could and should have had another but for some strong defensive play and with the 40 minutes already up there was a hammer blow when Selston broke forward and their shot was deflected past a stranded Harvey Woodward into the bottom of the net for 1-2 (40+).

What a sickener and the whistle for half-time was directly from the kick off. The team talk was slightly different than it would have been but, with the wind in our faces for the second half, had we done enough?

George Arrowsmith made way for Connor Bland back on the right hand side and Ollie Petchell was asked to give us another 10 mins even though his hip was hurting.

The conditions had worsened all afternoon and the wind was now completely in our faces. Harvey Woodward was manfully getting this kicks to carry to the half way line at least but with the constant change of direction, more often than not they were carried into touch and Selston could build an attack.

Fin Jackson upped his game in the middle and helped protect the back three but, again, if it wasn’t for Jack Willis’ uncanny ability to read the flight we’d have been opened up on a few occasions.

The inevitable then happened when the pressure was just too much and a good cross from the right was drilled home for 2-2 (49). It was one of those games where you’d take the point and run with half an hour left to play...

Selston had their tails up and also had the wind advantage but Radcliffe weren’t out of it by any stretch and actually had a few good chances with Morgan Roberts and Oliver Jones-Wilkinson winning more balls than they had a right to in the centre.

A cruel blow though when another cross into the box found a Selston player and his downward header was too good for Harvey Woodward and they finally had the lead 3-2 (55).

As I’ve said many times before, this team don’t know when they’re beaten and against all adversity they just wouldn’t give up. The best move of the game so far saw five consecutive passes and Oliver Petchell on hand to smash home for 3-3 (56). A goal that would grace any first class football game and I would have snapped their hands off for the point there and then.

Oliver Petchell finally got to come off and Radcliffe had 24 minutes to see if they could weather the storm - literally!

What was I worried about...another example of tenacity from Morgan Roberts in the centre saw him ride three late challenges and drive at the heart of Selston’s defence. A lovely shift and pass out to Josh Jones-Wilkinson and his cross was perfect for Ollie Skinner to smash the winner 3-4 (64).

The remainder of the game was tight, with both teams having chances but Radcliffe managed to keep their heads (unlike the Selston number 9 who lashed out at Fin Jackson well after the ball had gone to earn a red card) and the whistle left us with all three points.

A great game today, a quality performance and a man of the match performance from Jack Willis at the heart of the defence for a change.

Two week’s break now to enjoy being joint second in the league...

Jack Willis

Player of the Match

Jack Willis

Key moments

9:00
Goal Joshua Jones-Wilkinson scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
29:00
Goal George Arrowsmith scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
40:00
Goal Goal for Selston
49:00
Goal Goal for Selston
55:00
Goal Goal for Selston
56:00
Goal Oliver Petchell scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
64:00
Goal Ollie Skinner scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
68:00
Red Card A player is sent off for Selston

Highlights

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79:00 Sub On
Oliver Petchell is substituted on for Radcliffe Olympic Red
79:00 Sub Off
Ollie Skinner is substituted off for Radcliffe Olympic Red
68:00 Yellow Card
Fin Jackson is yellow carded for Radcliffe Olympic Red
68:00 Red Card 3 - 4
A player is sent off for Selston
64:00 Assist
Joshua Jones-Wilkinson makes an assist for Radcliffe Olympic Red
64:00 Goal 3 - 4
Ollie Skinner scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
56:30 Sub On
George Arrowsmith is substituted on for Radcliffe Olympic Red
56:30 Sub Off
Oliver Petchell is substituted off for Radcliffe Olympic Red
56:00 Goal 3 - 3
Oliver Petchell scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
56:00 Assist
Fin Jackson makes an assist for Radcliffe Olympic Red
55:00 Goal 3 - 2
Goal for Selston
49:00 Goal 2 - 2
Goal for Selston
40:00 Sub On
Connor Bland is substituted on for Radcliffe Olympic Red
40:00 Sub Off
George Arrowsmith is substituted off for Radcliffe Olympic Red
End of period 1
40:00 Goal 1 - 2
Goal for Selston
29:00 Goal 0 - 2
George Arrowsmith scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
29:00 Assist
Oliver Jones-Wilkinson makes an assist for Radcliffe Olympic Red
23:00 Sub Off
Connor Bland is substituted off for Radcliffe Olympic Red
23:00 Sub On
Ollie Skinner is substituted on for Radcliffe Olympic Red
9:00 Goal 0 - 1
Joshua Jones-Wilkinson scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
9:00 Assist
George Arrowsmith makes an assist for Radcliffe Olympic Red
End of period
Player of the Match
Jack Willis is awarded player of the match for Radcliffe Olympic Red
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Selston
  • Radcliffe Olympic Red
  • 0
  • Joshua Jones-Wilkinson Goal 9:00'
  • George Arrowsmith Assist 9:00'
  • Connor Bland Sub Off 23:00'
  • Ollie Skinner Sub On 23:00'
  • George Arrowsmith Goal 29:00'
  • Oliver Jones-Wilkinson Assist 29:00'
  • Goal 40:00'
  • Connor Bland Sub On 40:00'
  • George Arrowsmith Sub Off 40:00'
  • Goal 49:00'
  • Goal 55:00'
  • Oliver Petchell Goal 56:00'
  • Fin Jackson Assist 56:00'
  • Oliver Petchell Sub Off 56:30'
  • George Arrowsmith Sub On 56:30'
  • Ollie Skinner Goal 64:00'
  • Joshua Jones-Wilkinson Assist 64:00'
  • Fin Jackson Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Red Card 68:00'
  • Ollie Skinner Sub Off 79:00'
  • Oliver Petchell Sub On 79:00'

Team selection

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

League round up

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3
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Basford Utd 14 38
2. Burton Joyce Blue 14 25
3. Radcliffe Olympic Red 14 24
4. Beeston 14 23
5. Mansfield Town 14 23
6. Selston 14 14
7. Southwell City Sabres 14 7

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