Ruddington the opposition today and a few changes again for Radcliffe with players missing (good job we have a big squad)!
Back to a 4-4-2 with a new centre back painting of Ethan Fallon and Will Quilter and Daniel McFerran making his first start at right back with Tom Martindale at left back.
Ollie Skinner was again asked to do a job running the line - could he match his brace on his debut?
Radcliffe were solid to start but the rainstorm just before kick off had created a slick surface and the chances created were proving to be tricky to put away. Several times the boys had a bit more time than they thought and rushed to shoot with it going wide of the target.
From their first real chance of the game, Ruddington had a spot of luck and their player made a direct run on goal with the ball ping-ponging off three defenders and falling perfectly for him to slot home for 0-1 (16). Against the run of play but credit to the lad for his determination.
Radcliffe weren't too worried though as the chances were still coming thick and fast and quite soon Ollie Skinner managed a nice touch around the edges to Ollie Jones-Wilkinson to slot home for 1-1 (20).
All square then and the momentum shifted a little further in Radcliffe's favour. There followed a good spell of play with Jack Willis and Morgan Roberts showing nice touch in the centre and a few exquisite through-balls saw really good chances again but not quite.
Ruddington could have sneaked another near the end but Harvey Woodward pulled off a great save with his foot to keep scores level.
Fin Jackson was brought on with 5 to go and this change seemed to shake things up just enough to make the difference. With time running out it was role reversal and Ollie Jones-Wilkinson this time flicked the ball on for the tenacious Ollie Skinner to slot home for 2-1 (39) and we had our noses in front at last.
George Arrowsmith (still slowly coming back from his injury) was brought on for the start of the second half and the team talk was all about making sure we used the momentum to kill off the game.
After 5 mins Ruddington were starting to lose their confidence and get on each other's backs and this was the perfect time for George Arrowsmith to break the back line and take his chance coolly past the keeper for 3-1 (52). What a great sight to see him back and getting on the score sheet!
The game now became a little one-sided but Radcliffe weren't taking their chances as well as usual or it could have been a hat-full.
George's 20 mins were up and Ollie Skinner was re-introduced up front and almost immediately he had another - his trademark skill of getting a foot in just before the keeper collected and 4-1 it was (63).
He'd equalled his brace from the first game and was showing how versatile a player he is...but wait...a corner drifted onto the front post for Radcliffe saw a Ruddington player put hands on and push and the referee blew immediately for a penalty.
Ollie Skinner stepped straight up and coolly slotted into the corner for a hat-trick and 5-1 (66)! A great performance topped off perfectly.
The final 10 mins or so saw us have a whole host of chances with the best falling to Ollie Petchell who missed the target when going for power instead of precision.
5-1 the final result but it could have been more and maybe a bit of finishing practice in training would be good.
A great, solid performance today in tricky conditions and particularly solid at the back with the unfamiliar line-up.
My man of the match though has to go to Ollie Skinner for a hat-trick, assist and all round strong performance.
Well done boys.