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EMC: Radcliffe Olympic 4 Radford 1

EMC: Radcliffe Olympic 4 Radford 1

By Brendan Richardson
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Solid performance against title contenders

On the back of a 3-0 victory away at Holbrook FC, Radcliffe were looking to make it back to back wins for the first time this season against local rivals Radford FC.

Ian Marley, Ryan Perkins, Jan Yeomans and Wes Spencer all carrying knocks passed a late fitness test and Radcliffe also had to bring in Jake Hinchcliffe at the last minute to replace goalkeeper Hadlee Dunn who was unavailable.

The game started off with two teams quite clearly looking to play good attractive football but a little cagey at times. Radford forced a few corners with no danger coming from them. Ryan Smith opened the scoring for Radcliffe and then gave Radford a sucker punch one minute before half time with his second of the night to send Olympic in at half time two to the good. This coming after Hinchcliffe made an outstanding save to turn the ball round the post to keep Radcliffe in the game at 1-0.

Half Time: 2-1

After half time Radcliffe really took the game to Radford who made a few changes and tried to turn the game around themselves. They did grab a goal themselves from a controversial penalty but again Radcliffe came back with more and another two goals, one from Ryan Smith and the other from Jake Morris gave Radcliffe all three points. 4-1

Full Time 4-1

Russ Cousins said: "We knew this game was going to be tough being a local derby and both sets of players knowing one another, but we knew we had to be professional in our approach. Again we asked them to play at a high tempo both on and off the ball and conserve energy by not pressing high when it's not on. Jake hinchcliffe deserves a mention with him coming in last minute and organisation wise not knowing his back four, was second to none. He pulled off a worldly for us at 1-0 which drove us on again. Myself, Sam and Morro are extremely proud of a performance like that against a well established top team in Radford. We now look to go again Saturday when we entertain Borrowash Victoria and are expecting the same level of performance as Tuesday night."

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Match details

Match date

Tue 23, Aug 2016






Premier League

League position

Radcliffe Olympic