The Sun Was Shining Rather Than Lady Luck
By Dave Martindale
Radcliffe fell to a 5-1 defeat in a game that was much closer than the score line suggested today where the big moments just didn’t fall kindly.
A torrential downpour just before kick off and three weeks without football didn’t help Radcliffe today but they also didn’t help themselves in a frantic 9 minute spell early in the first half.
Burton Joyce were using the ball well from the KO and momentum was with them early with the slick surface making it tricky to defend. The sun was also really low and directly in Radcliffe’s eyes.
Credit to the opposition though, you have to make the most of the advantage and that they did. In a brief spell they scored three goals; the first from a corner, bundled home (8); the second a cross that drifted high and caught everyone out when it carried all the way into the top far corner (16); and a third from close range that pinballed around before being stabbed home (17). 3-0 and a mountain to climb.
Radcliffe knuckled down and kept working hard to create chances and they managed a few, a great piece of play ending with Josh Jones-Wilkinson one on one coming from the left with just the keeper to beat. His low drilled shot was on target but the keeper made a smart save with his legs.
The best Radcliffe chance came from a beautiful ball fizzed across to Morgan Roberts and his sweet left foot drive arrowed past the keeper but slammed into the bar!
Half time came and the next goal was going to be critical.
Radcliffe came out in the second half a much more organised unit with a determination to get back in the game. Unfortunately, the sun decided to go behind the clouds and the advantage we should have had was lost. Burton defended well and luck just wasn’t running for us with the final ball.
Burton Joyce had the ball in the net again on the hour but it was a blatant foul on Harvey Woodward and, to his credit, the referee consulted the linesman and disallowed the goal.
It was time for three up top and the change was causing Burton Joyce all sorts of problems, again though we just didn’t get the run of the ball and on the break Burton Joyce were able to net a fourth (65).
Radcliffe had never given up though and got their consolation from a great corner routine that saw Ollie Petchell drive.a low ball to the back post for Fin Jackson to sneak round the back and tuck home for 4-1 (71).
More chances and some really good football but Radcliffe just overstretched looking for the goal and this time Burton Joyce had an easy break that they didn’t miss for 5-1 (79).
Radcliffe were better than the scoreline suggested and definitely the second half performance should have seen a closer game but not to be. Great to see the lads working hard to the very end yet again and you can’t win them all I guess.
My man of the match was tough today but I’m going to give it to Jack Willis for his tireless performance in the centre and some great link up play too.