Sunday, 7 August 2016

Bottesford Town 1-0 Radford fa cup 6th Aug



Radford showed plenty of endeavour but little in quality at Bottesford Town. The home side had the first chance to open the scoring in the early minutes when a striker broke free but shot wide. 
This was followed by two Radford corners which came to nought. Bottesford were awarded a free kick wide of the area but nobody got a touch to a ball played across the Radford box. On fifteen minutes Radfords Kenny Reeves raced through but the keeper easily saved his shot.
Joe Hegerty sent over a testing cross but Carey Knights shot was hit high over the bar on the half hour. Jahred Russell was working hard upfront for Radford getting in some important challengers but Bottesfords Pemberton was running the game from midfield. Radford were having the better of the chances in the first half and on 45 minutes from a long kick out from the keeper Knight laid the ball off for Meakin who saw his shot go wide of the goal.
The second half began with Bottesford on the front foot and Radford keeper Luke Edge did well to keep out a shot straight from the restart. On fifty minutes Radford conceded when Edge failed to hold on to a cross, Miles failed to clear and Pemberton prodded the ball home for the home side. Bottesford continued to take the game to Radford creating several goal scoring chances. Changes were made to the Radford side and Ola Ajewole was looking good on the left wing. In the final minutes of the game Radford appeals for a penalty were turned down on two occasions when Jahred Russell was brought down. A cross from Ajewole beat the Bottesford defence and keeper and rebounded out from an upright. It wasn't to be Radfords day as the whistle sounded for full time.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Magdala Amateurs 0-4 Radford (friendly)




Radford started off brightly and kept the Magdala defence busy for the whole of the first half. Simon Hore was causing problems in the air when he came up for corners and free kicks. The home keeper tipped over a Hore header on ten minutes. Not long afterwards Joe Heggarty cut inside a defender and bent a shot around the keeper only to see the ball hit a post and rebound to safety. Phil Hinton was next to see a header saved by the keeper.

Radford finally took the lead on the half hour when James Lawrence-Forbes ran through the defence and slotted the ball past the keeper. Two minutes later the keeper failed to hold on to a Joe Meakin shot and Phil Hinton nipped in to tap in from close range. Connor Carter and Phil Granville were working hard upfront but found the keeper making some excellent saves.

The second half began as the first had ended with Radford in total control. Joe Meakin had a free kick tipped over and a low drive from Joe Heggarty was saved in the early stages. Several substitutions were made by Radford. Marvellous Entiriwaa was lively on the left wing and Ibrahim Karim was working hard in the centre of midfield. Jahred Russell scored Radfords third goal on 55 minutes with a side footed finish from the edge of the area. Russell finished off a well worked move to chip the ball over the keeper to make it 4-0 to Radford. A superb Phil Hinton drive that just cleared the crossbar was the best effort by Radford in the final minutes of the game.



Saturday, 16 July 2016

Radford FC 3-1 Basford Utd X1

it was all Radford in the early stages with the Basford keeper forced to make some important saves.
Jahred Russell was looking good in centre midfield and he had a low drive go close on ten minutes. Simon Hore had a header that rebounded to safety off the crossbar on 15 minutes and Five minutes later Kenny Reeves opened the scoring for Radford when he recieved a throwing before beating his marker and then rounding the keeper to slot the ball home.

Radford increased their lead on 27 minutes when a long range shot from new boy Lawrence-Forbes took a slight deflection before looping over the stranded Basford keeper. Basford came more into the game as the game closed in on half time but Callum Dunning was never threatened in the Radford goal. Changes were made to both sides in the second half and Basford pulled a goal back straight after the restart. A good move ended with Diaz curling the ball over Dunning from just outside the area. Dunning made a couple of other good saves before Radford once again gained greater possession. Radfords good work going forward paid off on 75 minutes when Carey Knight turned and shot in one movement to make the final score 3-1 in Radfords favour.


Saturday, 14 May 2016

Belper Utd RES 2-7 Radford RES


Belper United reserves v Radford reserves 2-7
cmL Reserve Division 

Alton Manor

Admission free

Basic ground but pitch in good condition. CML vice Chairman served half time refreshments to the Radford committee. Told us they had an apology from the FA for sending conformation email informing them their first team were promoted to step 6 when infact Hucknall Town could still end in a higher league position.

Radford took an early lead through Martin Doyle but Belper soon equalised with a Ben Litchfield goal. Lewis Russell chipped the keeper to put Radford ahead but again Belper equalised, this time from Tom Curtis.

It was all Radford in the second half with Russell scoring again, further goals from Ross Wilson 2, Joe Evans and top scorer Macauley Barber clinched an easy win for the visitors. 



Sunday, 8 May 2016

Holbrook RES 2-3 Radford RES 07.05.16

Close shave but Barber to the rescue

The Radford committee had a few pints in the Dead Poets public house in the village but we found out once inside the ground there are no toilets. On finding out there were toilets in the social club across the car park, we did what the locals do and did our business behind the main stand. The club have been told to install toilets if their first team are to remain in the EMCL.
Radford got off to a great start when Centre back Joe Evans scored on ten minutes. Almost immediately Holbrooks Adam Lillie had a chance of an equaliser but he hit his shot wide with just the keeper to beat. Radford were 2-0 up on 18 minutes when Tony Wilson beat his marker wide right and beat the keeper with a low drive. Kyle Pemberton should have scored for Radford before half time but his shot hit the upright before going out for a goal kick.
Shortly after the restart Kyle Pemberton sent over a pinpoint cross into the box for the unmarked Russell, but his header went wide of the goal. Kyle Pemberton again was presented with an opportunity to increase the Radford lead but again failed to score. Radford were to rue their misses when a penalty was awarded against them. Jamie Shelton stepped up and made no mistake with the spot kick.
Minutes later it was all square as Sam Collins scored from close range, Radfords earlier control of the game had now totally disappeared. Radford continued to miss good opportunities to add to their score, substitute Martin Doyle only had to lob the ball over the keeper but he struck the ball too hard and the ball landed behind the goal. With just 2 minutes remaining Macauley Barber curled in a delightful free kick to win the game for Radford.





Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Beeston Town v MIS United

Notts Sunday Intermediate Cup Final
Beeston Town v MIS United (2-2 aet) Beeston win via penalties
Played at Radford FC 7:30
Admission £3 inc excellent programme

Beeston Town had a good league season finishing runners up to Attenborough Cavaliers in the Long Eaton Sunday league. But MIS (Man In Space) from Eastwood had finished bottom of the Notts Sunday League first division with only Two wins all season. There was nothing between the sides in the first period as they went in 0-0. Ten minutes into the second half a cross was flicked on to the far post for a MIS striker to put his side ahead. The Notts FA officials were just putting the MIS green ribbons on the cup in the last couple of minutes when Beeston equalised from a low drive into the corner of the net.

Both sides scored in extra time to bring the game to a penalty decider. Beeston scored with their first but MIS missed. Both sides converted their second penalties and Beeston their third but MIS missed theirs. When Beeston hit the back of the net with their fourth it was game over with the Red ribbons of Beeston on the cup.



Sunday, 1 May 2016

CML League Cup Final 2016-2017

Venue - Impact arena Alfreton Town FC

Blidworth welfare 1 Hucknall Rolls Leisure 2

My first visit to the Alfreton Town ground and was pleasantly impressed. Met with friendly staff who welcomed me as a guest of the league. Blidworth were by far the better side in the first half  but they only had a tenth minute Harris goal to show for their domination at the break. It was a different game in the second half as 'Rolls' came out fighting. 'Rolls' sub Harry Allen should have been Red carded for a stupid challenge on the Blidworth keeper. A few minutes later Allen curled in a beauty of a shot to equalise.

Some of the challenges were getting a bit tasty and on 80 minutes Blidworth player Keenan Leeds was sent off for a head butt in front of the referee. Hucknall Rolls increased the pressure in an attempt to find a winner before the game went into extra time. With Two minutes remaining Rolls found the winning goal when Matthews raced through the Blidworth defence to shoot past the keeper. It was announced after the game that Hucknall Rolls Leisure FC would fold at the end of the season due to their landlords wanting the club to pay a large sum of money to use the facilities at the complex.