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EMCL: Radcliffe Olympic 1 Blaby & Whetstone Athletic 2

EMCL: Radcliffe Olympic 1 Blaby & Whetstone Athletic 2

By Brendan Richardson
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Olympic unlucky not take something from 90 minutes

Football is sometimes a cruel game and after two back to back wins Radcliffe deserved at least a share of the spoils against a well drilled Blaby outfit. But it was not to be, and despite creating enough chances to win the game in the second half, they failed to take a single one of them and the visitors came out on top thanks to two first half strikes.

Blaby had the perfect start and gained the advantage in just the 3rd minute of the game. A long diagonal ball from left to right eluded Jake Morris and was set back first time by Blaby's winger and struck home from the edge of the box giving the almost fossilised form of Rocky Bennett no chance. The visitors front three were full of pace and purpose and it took some excellent defending from Wesley Spencer to deny them on a couple of occasions. That said, Radcliffe had come to life a bit and started to play some neat penetrative football of their own. Parity was restored in the 10th minute when Jan Yeomans powered home a fine Morris cross with his head after a quick freekick.

The game ebbed and flowed, it was face paced and energetic. It was physical without being over the top and should have been good for the observers in the stands. Blaby had the slight upper hand due to their pace in attack and had a penalty shout turned down when Spencer used his strength to bundle one of the strikers over in the box. Both sides had freekicks in decent positions but were unable to capitalise and the half looked as if it would end with things all square until the visitors pounced in time added on at the end of the half. A defensive header lacked distance and Olympic had a further chance to clear their lines but failed to do so and a Blaby forward swept home from 12 yards out.

Half Time: 1-2

A few words were said in the home dressing at the break and Radcliffe came out of the blocks sharply in the second half. Yeomans and Moore were both causing problems down the flanks but were unable to find the top of Ryan Smith head despite the size of the quiff he was sporting. From looking calm and assured in the first half Blaby's defence suddenly looked panicky. Smith blazed wide and Moore followed suit when presented with an excellent chance. Perkins was the next to try his luck but his freekick from 20 yards sailed high over the crossbar. With Marley, Perkins and Jack Smith dominating the centre of the park the visitors struggled to enter Radcliffe territory and an equaliser looked only a matter of time.

Olympic had a glorious chance to do just that as Ryan Smith muscled his way through one on one but hit the ball straight at the keeper from 8 yards out. Moore then wriggled free from the left side but his shot struck the base of the post. The visitors rarely ventured too far forward although they always remained a threat with their pace and seemed content to try and defend what they had. A succession of Olympic corners came to nothing as they piled on the pressure in a grandstand finish. Sweeting then waltzed past three players before laying in Yeomans who shot wide as a combination of luck, excellent defending and poor finishing saw the visitors take all three points to Leicester.

Full Time: 1-2

Team: Bennett, Durham, J Morris, Smallwood, Spencer, Perkins (N Eatough), Yeomans, Marley, J Smith (Sweeting), R Smith, Moore (Brindley).

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Sat 16, Apr 2016






Premier Division