Radcliffe Oh So Near Against Runaway League Leaders
By Dave Martindale
Radcliffe were twice in front against an incredibly strong Basford side but fell to the odd goal, matching their season’s home result of 3-2
Radcliffe started so very brightly today and had the league leaders on the back foot from the off. A good strong line at the back and a compact midfield with pace to spare up front meant Basford were threatened on a number of occasions.
Their quality throughout the team meant they were always threatening too but some really strong defensive performances and great communication meant there were no clear chances.
Radcliffe opened the scoring with a good ball from Jack Willis that was brought down expertly by Josh Jones-Wilkinson and volleyed into the net for 0-1 (8).
The remainder of the half was a delight to watch with pressure from both sides but no breakthrough.
Basford were bound to get a chance in the second half and unfortunately it came very early and they didn’t waste it. A good move finished well and it was all level 1-1 (44). Radcliffe had no intention of rolling over though, the difficult results from the last two weeks very much forgotten.
Again defensively, Radcliffe seemed to have the measure of Basford’s front line and it was from a long kick from his hands tat Harvey Woodward found George Arrowsmith who showed great skill and composure to flick the ball past his man and drive on to goal, finishing sweetly for 1-2 (57).
Basford haven’t lost a single point this season and they were showing why with some great attacking football. The boys seemed to have it in hand though but an unfortunate turn of events saw us level again. Will Halstead adjudged to have fouled their striker in the box and a penalty awarded. Harvey Woodward got a strong hand to it but couldn’t keep it from spinning into the net for 2-2 (62).
Radcliffe didn’t falter, they pushed for a winner and were close on a couple of occasions. The killer blow though came with a lovely flowing move and you can see why Basford are where they are in the table. The ball driven into the bottom corner past a despairing Harvey Woodward for 3-2 (69).
Radcliffe stilll looked the more likely though a;d went oh so close to a deserved equaliser when George Arrowsmith again turned his man and was millimetres from being one on one again, only for the ball to catch the shoulder of the defender and bounce clear.
It wasn’t to be and the final whistle was blown on a very entertaining match that could have gone either way. This should hopefully banish the demons from a couple of poor results and all’s to play for in the remainder of the season.
My man of the match goes to Tom Martindale for a really strong defensive performance amongst quite a few of them today. You couldn’t tell he was full of a cold.