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NSL Div 1: Radford Reserves v Radcliffe Olympic  - 15/01/22

NSL Div 1: Radford Reserves v Radcliffe Olympic - 15/01/22

By Brendan Richardson
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Radcliffe maintain unbeaten start to the new year.


Nottinghamshire Senior League – Division 1
Selhurst St., Radford – 15/1/2022

Radford FC Reserves 0 Radcliffe Olympic 4

An in form Radcliffe Olympic side travelled to Radford looking to pick up 3 points and continue their good run.

Radcliffe started brightly dominating possession and putting the Radford defence under pressure. They worked the ball around the pitch well and looked to exploit the opposition backline with the pace and the direct running of Ed Smyth and Andy McLean on the wings. With fifteen minutes of the first half gone Mikki Moussa played an inch perfect through ball to McLean who took it in his stride only for the Radford centre back to make a crucial last ditch challenge. Shortly after this Smyth worked the ball down the left wing and whipped a useful cross into the box which was brought down well by Christian Montezola who had his shot blocked, the rebound fell to Nick Levack who fired wide from the edge of the box.

Radcliffe maintained the heavy pressure and saw were rewarded when the ball broke to Levack wide on the right who curled a lofted ball over the head of the Radford centre back for Smyth to bring down with his right foot and slot coolly into the corner from the edge of the box with his left. A classy finish for the winger on his first start since returning from injury.

After 25 minutes the home side began to have more of an influence on the game, controlling more of the ball and began to break forward with midfield runners as Radcliffe struggled to keep possession and hold onto the ball higher up the pitch. Radcliffe defended resolutely with the partnership of James 'Rolls-Royce' Portwood and Matt Blaze dealing well with the Radford pressure.

Five minutes before half time Radcliffe nicked a second goal as Harvey Woodward's goal kick was flicked on by Ben Castell for McLean to chase down and capitalise on a mix up between the Radford goal keeper and centre back, who both went for the same ball leaving Mclean to roll the ball into an empty net.

Half Time: Radford Reserves 0 Radcliffe Olympic 2

Radcliffe got off to a dream start to the second half straight from kick off. Montezola kicked off and chipped the ball back to Castell who flicked the ball up and hit a perfectly measured, long range volley directly over the head of the Radford right back for Smyth to run onto and slot into the far corner of the Radford net. From this point on Radcliffe dominated the ball and managed the second half well, restricting the home side to a handful of half chances.

Midway through the second half manager Joe Hegarty made 3 changes replacing Levack, Montezola and James Chiu with Matt Gamble, Kieran Humphreys and Will Harvey who brought fresh legs and energy to the team. Radcliffe continued to control the game and created several good chances as Radford heads dropped. Substitute Harvey looked dangerous after coming on and on 75 minutes received the ball on the edge of the box and shot early, only to see his effort cannon off the cross bar. With ten minutes to go McLean whipped a dangerous cross into the Radford box for Castell who beat his man only to see his header flash just wide of the post. In the final minutes of the game Moussa whipped a dangerous corner into the Radford box which dropped perfectly for Humphreys who slipped his marker and caressed the ball into the roof of the net for an elegant finish from the midfielder.

Half Time: Radford Reserves 0 Radcliffe Olympic 4

After the match Radcliffe Olympic manager Joe Hegarty said: "This week I think we performed well against a young side who have picked up some good results at times this season. I always ask the team to make sure we put these kind of sides away early which we did in both halves, so I was pleased with that. As always, there will be things to improve on but overall I was happy with the performance as Radford is never an easy place to come and get 3 points. In the last 4 games we have picked up 4 clean sheets and scored 22 goals which I think is outstanding and gives us a really good foundation to build on for the rest of the season.”

Radcliffe will look to continue their winning run at home to Beeston Old Boys on Saturday (22nd Jan) K.O. 2.00

Radcliffe Olympic: Harvey Woodward, Liam Norris, Mikki Moussa, Matt Blaze, James Portwood, Nick Levack, Andrew McLean, Ben Castell, Christian Montezola, James Chiu, Ed Smyth.

Subs: Kieran Humphreys, Matt Gamble, Will Harvey.

Referee: Grace Lowe
Nottinghamshire Senior League – Division 1
Selhurst St., Radford – 15/1/2022

Radford FC Reserves 0 Radcliffe Olympic 4

An in form Radcliffe Olympic side travelled to Radford looking to pick up 3 points and continue their good run.

Radcliffe started brightly dominating possession and putting the Radford defence under pressure. They worked the ball around the pitch well and looked to exploit the opposition backline with the pace and the direct running of Ed Smyth and Andy McLean on the wings. With fifteen minutes of the first half gone Mikki Moussa played an inch perfect through ball to McLean who took it in his stride only for the Radford centre back to make a crucial last ditch challenge. Shortly after this Smyth worked the ball down the left wing and whipped a useful cross into the box which was brought down well by Christian Montezola who had his shot blocked, the rebound fell to Nick Levack who fired wide from the edge of the box.

Radcliffe maintained the heavy pressure and saw were rewarded when the ball broke to Levack wide on the right who curled a lofted ball over the head of the Radford centre back for Smyth to bring down with his right foot and slot coolly into the corner from the edge of the box with his left. A classy finish for the winger on his first start since returning from injury.

After 25 minutes the home side began to have more of an influence on the game, controlling more of the ball and began to break forward with midfield runners as Radcliffe struggled to keep possession and hold onto the ball higher up the pitch. Radcliffe defended resolutely with the partnership of James 'Rolls-Royce' Portwood and Matt Blaze dealing well with the Radford pressure.

Five minutes before half time Radcliffe nicked a second goal as Harvey Woodward's goal kick was flicked on by Ben Castell for McLean to chase down and capitalise on a mix up between the Radford goal keeper and centre back, who both went for the same ball leaving Mclean to roll the ball into an empty net.

Half Time: Radford Reserves 0 Radcliffe Olympic 2

Radcliffe got off to a dream start to the second half straight from kick off. Montezola kicked off and chipped the ball back to Castell who flicked the ball up and hit a perfectly measured, long range volley directly over the head of the Radford right back for Smyth to run onto and slot into the far corner of the Radford net. From this point on Radcliffe dominated the ball and managed the second half well, restricting the home side to a handful of half chances.

Midway through the second half manager Joe Hegarty made 3 changes replacing Levack, Montezola and James Chiu with Matt Gamble, Kieran Humphreys and Will Harvey who brought fresh legs and energy to the team. Radcliffe continued to control the game and created several good chances as Radford heads dropped. Substitute Harvey looked dangerous after coming on and on 75 minutes received the ball on the edge of the box and shot early, only to see his effort cannon off the cross bar. With ten minutes to go McLean whipped a dangerous cross into the Radford box for Castell who beat his man only to see his header flash just wide of the post. In the final minutes of the game Moussa whipped a dangerous corner into the Radford box which dropped perfectly for Humphreys who slipped his marker and caressed the ball into the roof of the net for an elegant finish from the midfielder.

Full Time: Radford Reserves 0 Radcliffe Olympic 4

After the match Radcliffe Olympic manager Joe Hegarty said: "This week I think we performed well against a young side who have picked up some good results at times this season. I always ask the team to make sure we put these kind of sides away early which we did in both halves, so I was pleased with that. As always, there will be things to improve on but overall I was happy with the performance as Radford is never an easy place to come and get 3 points. In the last 4 games we have picked up 4 clean sheets and scored 22 goals which I think is outstanding and gives us a really good foundation to build on for the rest of the season.”

Radcliffe will look to continue their winning run at home to Beeston Old Boys on Saturday (22nd Jan) K.O. 2.00

Radcliffe Olympic: Harvey Woodward, Liam Norris, Mikki Moussa, Matt Blaze, James Portwood, Nick Levack, Andrew McLean, Ben Castell, Christian Montezola, James Chiu, Ed Smyth.

Subs: Kieran Humphreys, Matt Gamble, Will Harvey.

Referee: Grace Lowe

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Match details

Match date

Sat 15, Jan 2022

Kickoff

14:00

Competition

NSL Division One

League position

9
Radcliffe Olympic
10
Radford Reserves