Nottinghamshire Senior League – Division 1
Wharf Lane – 6/10/2021
Radcliffe Olympic 3 Gedling Southbank 2
After having their match last Saturday postponed, Radcliffe were assigned a late fixture at home to Gedling Southbank on Wednesday evening. Radcliffe were looking to extend their four game winning start to the season against a Gedling team that had been beaten in just one of the first six league games.
It was the visitors who opened the scoring on 10 minutes when they attacked down the left before the ball was played into Mason Coy who had time to turn and hit a strong shot from outside the box. The ball cannoned off the inside of the post then struck keeper Harvey Woodward before entering the net for a freak goal. Radcliffe levelled the score on 23 minutes when after going close with an earlier corner, Miki Moussa whipped another one into the box which was headed home by Ben Castell. Radcliffe took the lead on 38 minutes with an outstanding strike from Moussa who whipped his free kick from 25 yards around the wall into the top corner with the Gedling keeper rooted to the spot.
Half Time: Radcliffe Olympic 2 Gedling Southbank 1
Gedling had the greater possession and pressed forward after the break with Radcliffe looking to hit them on the counter. Moussa suffering a knock, was replaced by Ed Smyth. Against the run of play, Radcliffe scored again to open up a 3-1 lead on 71 minutes when Gamble’s corner was whipped in for Castell to outjump his marker to again head home from close range. Radcliffe brought on fresh legs with Nick Levack and Kieran Humphreys replacing Ollie Burrows and Will Rainford.
Woodward pulled off an outstanding save as he dived full length to tip a goal bound shot onto the post then safety before Gedling pulled a goal back on 80 minutes. Woodward facing the floodlights failed to hold onto a corner kick, allowing Tommy Lees-Collier to stab the ball home from five yards. Gedling continued to push forward winning a series of corners, forcing the whole Radcliffe team to defend resolutely to hold onto their slender lead. At the other end Radcliffe had clear chances to score with Bassey Okon and Smyth both spurning good opportunities to put the game to bed.
Despite the pressure Radcliffe held on to hold onto an overall well-deserved win.
Full Time: Radcliffe Olympic 3 Gedling Southbank 2
Despite not playing at their best Radcliffe ground out the win against a highly competitive Gedling team to gain the three points which takes them to the top of the table, with just two points covering the top seven teams. Radcliffe are without a game this coming Saturday; their next scheduled match is at home against FC Geordie on 16th October K.O 3.00 pm.
Radcliffe Olympic: Harvey Woodward, Liam Norris, Matt Gamble, Gary Watson, Matt Blaze, Ben Castell, Will Rainford, Ollie Burrows, Okon Bassey, Andy McLean, Miki Moussa.
Subs: Ed Smyth, Kieran Humphreys, Nick Levack.
Referee Jonathan Hines