Radcliffe welcomed Wollaton & Bramcote Emeralds to Bingham Road today on the back of last week’s amazing result and confidence couldn’t be higher.
The visitors started quite lively though and the boys seemed to have a bit of a hangover from last week, maybe their exertions had taken their toll...
Harvey Woodward had to make a few sharp saves to deny them but a long ball bouncing over the back line and pounced on by their striker eventually got past him into the net for 0-1 (11).
The boys seemed to shake off their sluggishness after this and some great play down the left from Fin Jackson created a chance for Ollie Skinner. True to his season’s form he made no mistake and tucked it away fro the equaliser 1-1 (19).
Shortly after there was another great ball into Ollie Skinner but this time from Oliver Jones-Wilkinson and the boy who just can’t stop scoring tucked away for his brace 2-1 (23).
Radcliffe were really in their stride now and if it wasn’t for their big, strong defender it would have been much more. A change of personnel with Morgan Roberts making way for Joshua Jones-Wilkinson and Fin Jackson moving to the centre of midfield after a great start down the left.
The back four of Radcliffe were again shutting out anything that the opposition could throw at them and from a good piece of defending the ball ended up in Harvey Woodward’s hands. His kick was straight to Ollie Skinner who turned provider this time and slid a lovely ball across to the onrushing Ollie Petchell to slam home for 3-1 (35).
Half time and Radcliffe were in control of the game. At the restart it was time to bring on George Arrowsmith for his 30 mins (slowly increasing his playing time now after his surgery).
Almost immediately he had a great chance but shot straight at the keeper. It didn’t take long for another chance to come along though and this time when William Quilter hit a lovely ball over the top George Arrowsmith latched onto it and picked out the corner past the onrushing keeper for 4-1 (49).
With the game almost won we could make a few changes and rest a number of the boys who’ve been putting in a shift over the last few weeks.
Radcliffe were now bossing it and Joshua Jones-Wilkinson had a lovely run down the left and cut in to the box before opening up with his left foot. The shot was on target but it flicked up off the back of a defender and left the Wollaton keeper desperately clutching at thin air as it looped over him into the net for 5-1 (59).
There was just time for a strange one, a shot blocked but followed in well by George Arrowsmith to tap home was well over the line but both the linesman and the ref seemed to have been watching something else and the goal wasn’t given.
Radcliffe were trying to walk the ball into the goal a little in the final minutes and Fin Jackson was unlucky to not get a well deserved goal with a few good chances either blocked or just wide.
At the whistle the boys were well deserved winners...they’d picked up the intensity slowly throughout and the quality had eventually shone through.
My man of the match today goes to Fin Jackson who had a terrier-like performance both on the wing and in the centre with plenty of skills on show.
Top of the table a great reward for a great start to the season. It’s a marathon not a sprint though and the boys need to keep the performances top notch if they’re going to be there or thereabouts come the end of season shake-up.