Radcliffe had yet another rescheduled game to squeeze in late in the season and this time it was Ruddington Village Colts away.
Having had a string of really tough fixtures recently it was a chance to try and open up and play some great football.
The boys were really up for it and it showed from the kick off. The Ruddington back line were being pulled all over the place and it was only a matter of minutes before Josh teed up Ollie Skinner for a lovely goal 1-0 (9).
Ruddington did have pace up front and managed to create the odd chance but nothing to really trouble Harvey Woodward in goal. From another Radcliffe attack, the resultant corner was chipped in by Fin Jackson and Harry Timson-Smith rose majestically to power home with his head 2-0 (14).
Radcliffe continued to play lovely passing football but couldn’t quite make the final pass count and it looked like there might be a chance for Ruddington to nick one on the break. The back line had other ideas though and we finally punished them again when Ollie Jones-Wilkinson laid one on a plate for Josh Jones-Wilkinson 3-0 (34).
At the break it was clear that Radcliffe weren’t finished. In fact, the boys came out firing and in the space of 15 mins we were 4 more to the good!
The first a nice finish from Fin Jackson after a nice channel run from George Arrowsmith 4-0 (42). The next a solo run from Ollie Jones-Wilkinson finished with great aplomb for 5-0 (47).
On 53 mins, Tom Martindale played a nice ball down the left for George Arrowsmith who beat three and slammed home for 6-0. Just a minute later, Ollie Skinner’s strength with his back to goal put one on a plate for Ollie Jones-Wilkinson to slot in for 7-0 (54).
Ruddington were starting to fall apart and Radcliffe were in no mood to take their foot off the pedal. Ollie Skinner made yet another for Ollie Jones-Wilkinson’s hat-trick 8-0 (57).
Ollie Skinner then delivered an absolute beauty of a cross for the onrushing Josh Jones-Wilkinson who couldn’t miss for 9-0 (70).
George Arrowsmith wasn’t to be outdone and a nice through ball from Ethan Fallon saw him use his pace yet again to drive into the box and drill past the keeper for 10-0 (77).
With time almost out, just enough left for Ollie Jones-Wilkinson to get his fourth when his brother slid the ball to him for 11-0 (79).
What a professional performance from the boys. With lots to distract them, they stuck to their task and played some scintillating attacking football.
My man of the match could have gone to pretty much any of the front line today but instead I’m going to recognise the engine room that made it all possible. A fine battling display and creative as well from Jack Willis.
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