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Under 16 Red - Match centre

Radcliffe Olympic Red
Burton Joyce Blue
O Petchell (23', 63'), O Jones-Wilkinson (44'), J Willis (69')
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Sat 6 Apr 14:00 - Notts Youth Football League - U16 Division One Saturday

Magnificent Team Performance Sees 4-0 Rout & Third Place in League


Radcliffe saved their most convincing performance of the season against a very tough Burton Joyce side to run out 4-0 winners and secure third place in Division 1

Radcliffe had home advantage for their last game of the season and other results had conspired to make this a big day. 3 points on offer and Radcliffe sitting 5th in the table just 2 points behind both 3rd placed Mansfield and 4th placed Beeston.

The opposition were Burton Joyce who had confirmed 2nd place in the league with three fixtures awarded just that week.

Due to an injury and an absence, Radcliffe just had the 11 available so it was up to the boys to make the 4-4-2 formation work with Oliver Jones-Wilkinson dropping into an unfamiliar central midfield role.

From the very off it was clear this was going to be a competitive, closely fought affair. Radcliffe had a few half chances that they couldn’t quite take and Burton Joyce were doubling up down the left flank to create a few chances of their own.

The deadlock was finally broken with a great piece of link-up play between the Radcliffe strike pair, George Arrowsmith squaring the ball for Oliver Petchell to make no mistake for 1-0 (23).

The Radcliffe back line were working hard for each other today and Harvey Woodward was growing in confidence after a few very good saves and some tidy handling.

Some incisive attacking football saw three players shoot, one after the other but the final drive at goal from George Arrowsmith was too high and the opportunity was lost.

The whistle for half time saw the game on a knife edge and the team talk was all about trying to get that second to put clear air between the teams.

Straight from the KO the desire was clear with Jack Willis bossing everything in the middle and the back four closing the space really well to dent Burton any opportunity.

A good challenge at the back from Jacob Sadler and a ball into Oliver Jones-Wilkinson’s feet in the centre gave the perfect base for a Radcliffe attack. Oliver Jones-Wilkinson only had one thought, his fast feet giving him the chance to run at the Burton defensive line and his strength leaving three players in his wake. His final touch was sublime as the net fluttered and Radcliffe supporters could breath a little easier 2-0 (44).

Goals change games and the defining moment of this game came when Tom Martindale was adjudged to have fouled the Burton winger on the edge of the box...wait, despite the linesman’s advice, the referee pointed to the spot.

The Burton striker stepped up and hit it hard and true into the bottom corner...only for Harvey Woodward to guess rights and get down amazingly, a firm hand pushing the ball clear and Ethan Fallon kicking the rebound to safety.

2-1 would have been a tough scoreline to protect but it got even better moments later when Radcliffe, from their very next attack, carved out a great chance again. The tried and tested double act of George Arrowsmith feeding Oliver Petchell for him to drill the ball home 3-0 (63).

There was still time for Radcliffe to make things even better. A great short corner routine allowing Oliver Jones-Wilkinson to chip a back post cross for captain Jack Willis to head firmly home for 4-0 (69).

A masterful performance and a lesson in how to take your chances and allow none.

A clean sheet, a saved penalty and four unanswered goals against a seriously tough team. What a way to finish the season and so well deserved.

Radcliffe won all six of their last games to leapfrog so many teams and finish third in the league (their best Div 1 finish ever).

One mighty proud coach.

Man of the match could have been pretty much anyone today but I’m giving it to the Captain, Jack Willis, for an immense performance and a goal to boot.

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Jack Willis

Player of the Match

Jack Willis

Key moments

Goal Oliver Petchell scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
Goal Oliver Jones-Wilkinson scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
Goal Oliver Petchell scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
Goal Jack Willis scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red


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80:00 Player of the Match
Jack Willis is awarded player of the match for Radcliffe Olympic Red
80:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Harvey Woodward keeps a clean sheet for Radcliffe Olympic Red
69:00 Assist
Oliver Jones-Wilkinson makes an assist for Radcliffe Olympic Red
69:00 Goal 4 - 0
Jack Willis scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
63:00 Goal 3 - 0
Oliver Petchell scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
63:00 Assist
George Arrowsmith makes an assist for Radcliffe Olympic Red
62:00 Saved Penalty
Harvey Woodward saves a penalty for Radcliffe Olympic Red
44:00 Goal 2 - 0
Oliver Jones-Wilkinson scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
44:00 Assist
Jacob Sadler makes an assist for Radcliffe Olympic Red
End of period 1
23:00 Goal 1 - 0
Oliver Petchell scores for Radcliffe Olympic Red
23:00 Assist
George Arrowsmith makes an assist for Radcliffe Olympic Red
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Radcliffe Olympic Red
  • Burton Joyce Blue
  • 0
  • Oliver Petchell Goal 23:00'
  • George Arrowsmith Assist 23:00'
  • Oliver Jones-Wilkinson Goal 44:00'
  • Jacob Sadler Assist 44:00'
  • Harvey Woodward Saved Penalty 62:00'
  • Oliver Petchell Goal 63:00'
  • George Arrowsmith Assist 63:00'
  • Jack Willis Goal 69:00'
  • Oliver Jones-Wilkinson Assist 69:00'

Team selection

Woodward, Harvey Woodward, Harvey
Sadler, Jacob Sadler, Jacob
Halstead, Will Halstead, Will
Jones-Wilkinson, Joshua Jones-Wilkinson, Joshua
Fallon, Ethan Fallon, Ethan
Martindale, Tom Martindale, Tom
Bland, Connor Bland, Connor
Willis, Jack Willis, Jack
Jones-Wilkinson, Oliver Jones-Wilkinson, Oliver
Arrowsmith, George Arrowsmith, George
Roberts, Morgan Roberts, Morgan

League round up

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League table

# 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 13 14
7. Southwell City Sabres 14 7


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