Nottinghamshire Senior League – Division 1
The Recreation Ground – 21/09/19
Radcliffe Olympic 4 Robin Hood Colts 1
Radcliffe Olympic made a good start under their new management team with a 4-1 win over Robin Hood Colts. After opening up a 3-0 interval lead they added another shortly after the break before the visitors scored a consolation goal late on.
After two successive relegations, Radcliffe Olympic found themselves in the second tier of the Notts Senior League; it has been many years since the club found themselves playing at this level. Following heavy defeats in the three opening matches of the current season, a decision was made that a new management team would be in the best interests of the club going forward.
It was felt that the club needed more involvement from the local community. Former Olympic player Joe Hegarty was appointed as Manager with experienced Olympic stalwart Dave Hignett being persuaded to step in as Assistant Manager. Whilst Ricky Hunter continues as First Team Coach.
The Men’s Senior Section of the club has been revamped with a Reserve Team created under the management of Michael Remnant and Ben Mills introduced. Also, last year’s U18 Team has stepped up to the section to join a midweek Under 19 League under the management of Frank Seyfert and Brian Fearn.
It was necessary for a number of new players to be signed on with only two members of the squad having played for the club this season. Many of the players had never even met, let alone played together, so it was always going to be a difficult match. It included Adam Newbold who played and scored in his debut match for the Nottingham Forest First Team.
Olympic started brightly with Matt Gamble having a number of shots on goal with one of them striking the bar. At the other end Olympic keeper James Fletcher tipped a dipping free kick over the bar before another attempt from the visitors narrowly flew over the bar. Jawanza Grant looked dangerous for Radcliffe heading narrowly wide before opening the scoring on 25 minutes when he met Gamble’s low cross to fire home. He added a second just three minutes later when he met a low cross from the right to slam high into the net from close range. Radcliffe added a third on 35 minutes when the visiting keeper could only parry Grant’s shot allowing Ben Castell to slide the ball home.
Half Time: Radcliffe 3 Robin Hood Colts 0
Within minutes of the restart Radcliffe increased their lead further when Gamble got the goal he richly deserved as he stepped inside then fire into the top corner of the goal. The visitors created a number of decent chances without being able to capitalise on them and were eventually rewarded with a stunning consolation goal on 79 minutes. Jordan Smith struck an unstoppable from 25 yards which struck the inside of the post before crossing the line. Minutes later they were denied a second when Fletcher went full stretch to turn a goal bound effort past the post.
Radcliffe used all three substitutes as they saw the game out to record their first win of the season. A good all round performance throughout the team and more so considering it was the first time the majority of them have played together and not played any football over the past few weeks.
Full Time: Radcliffe Olympic 4 Robin Hood Colts 1
Radcliffe Olympic: James Fletcher, Liam Norris, Sam Klyman, Macauley Barber, Aaron Shirtcliffe, Nick Levack, Ben Castell, Joe Hegarty, Jawanza Grant, Adam Newbold, Matt Gamble.
Subs: Jardin Main, Morgan Remnant, Arvin Ganji.
Radcliffe Olympic First Team now have their next two matches at home when the face Ravenshead at home this Saturday 28th September, then Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves on Saturday 5th October.