Teversal 1-2 Radford
Away win for the Pheasants
Teversal FC vs Radford FC 10/11/18 – East Midlands Counties League
By Michael Callander
A Ryan Smith tap-in and a Simon Hore penalty on the stroke of half-time secured yet another away victory for 4th-placed Radford at the CR Timber Arena. They remain six points behind Sherwood Colliery, and ten off the top. Teversal have picked up just four points from a possible 15 in their last five league games; they remain 15th.
Having lost to the top three sides already this season, the Pheasants will hope to pick up some points in the second round of fixtures.
Rain poured down as the game kicked off, and Teversal applied early pressure to Hadlee Dunn’s goal. The entire match was punctuated by niggly fouls, but referee Liam Vayro had another issue to consider a couple of minutes in as he collided with Teversal’s Danny O’Donnell off the ball. He stayed down after sustaining a head injury on the edge of the Radford area, but was able to continue shortly afterwards.
Radford began to respond as a Rav Jackson free-kick was knocked down but headed wide inside the box.
The conditions made the ball skid awkwardly across the surface; both sides therefore went direct so no-one really settled on the ball with any kind of composure. A corner was floated into the Radford box in the 12th minute and bounced off the post, eventually being scrambled away by a visiting defender.
Jackson and Tom Black linked up neatly down the right-side, Black cut in but curled his shot just over the bar from the edge of the area. O’Donnell attempted the same from the left for Teversal a couple of minutes later but fired straight at Dunn in the Radford goal.
Chaos ensued in the 25th minute as Black was hacked down by Teversal captain Aaron Pride, who was sent off after a mass brawl in the middle of the pitch and in both technical areas. Plenty of expletives were exchanged and so were players for the home side as Ryan Duffy-McGirr was replaced by Jake Allen to limit the impact of being reduced to ten men.
Radford looked to take advantage of set-pieces throughout the game, and created two good chances within minutes of each other after the red card. Conor Moore drilled low at the face of the left post, then a Paul Durham free-kick was glanced wide by Simon Hore.
At the 45-minute mark, Radford had a scare at the back as Hore misplaced a pass to Dunn; the miscommunication nearly made a Teversal goal but last-ditch defending helped the visitors scramble the ball away from danger.
Radford got a controversial breakthrough just before half-time. Jan Yeomans drove down the left and squared across the by-line for RYAN SMITH to tap in at the back post. The Teversal players argued Yeomans must have taken the ball out of play in order for Smith to be onside, but the referee allowed the goal to stand. 1-0 Radford.
The time added on for the visitors’ first goal allowed the opportunity for a second just moments after. The ball was forced into the area and Liam Vayro gave a penalty for handball in the box. SIMON HORE atoned for his mix-up shortly before by sending Briggs the wrong way to double the lead going into the break. 2-0 Radford.
HT TEVERSAL 0 – 2 RADFORD
10-man Teversal made another change at half-time, Tom Laister being replaced by Jake Payling; however, the numerical disadvantage meant they still struggled to restrict the amount of chances the visitors had.
Aaron Williamson came off for Steve Mallinder in the 64th minute; Conor Moore was booked shortly afterwards, seemingly for something he said to the referee. Tom Black, who had covered every blade of grass behind Moore, was replaced by Ben Clark on 66 minutes in a like-for-like swap.
Rav Jackson came off 70 minutes in for Connor Hardy to subject a struggling Teversal defence to fresh legs and more physicality late in the game. Conor Moore received a second yellow and his marching orders for kicking the ball away following one of many contentious refereeing decisions in the game. Radford brought on Jake Morris in place of Jan Yeomans, who had contributed an assist and an impressive amount of running down the left for much of the match.
Teversal’s James Travis was left needing treatment on 75 minutes, the resulting free-kick was knocked down at the back post and tapped in by substitute STEVE MALLINDER to half the deficit and make the last 15 minutes far nervier than the Radford defence would have liked. 2-1 Radford.
Tempers flared late on, as in the Gedling game a week earlier, with Travis and Connor Hardy being booked for a coming-together. Play became increasingly fragmented as Teversal desperately chased the equalising goal and the visitors continued to hack it as far from Hadlee Dunn’s goal as possible.
A Jake Allen free-kick 80 minutes in floated over everyone from the right and Dunn was able to take his time with the clearance and relieve the pressure which had been mounting steadily during the latter stages.
FT TEVERSAL 1 – 2 RADFORDi