Saturday, 1 September 2012

Glapwell 0-1 Radford (FA Vase 1st Qlfy Rnd)

The visitors began brightly with an 18 yard effort from Krasniqi flying a foot over the goal after Lusamba had set him up. Although Radford were having better possession it was a scrappy game with both teams making too many errors. Alves had two half chances for Radford. The first when Kevin Lusamba put him through but he shot wide of goal, and the second when Danny Beardsley played him in, and he scuffed his shot.

Beardsley himself came close on two occasions. The first chance came after a good interchange on the wing between Lusamba and Alves. the ball was crossed into the area but Beardsley was challenged before he could get his shot away. And secondly from a Lusamba corner he shot wide of the upright.

Danny Beardsley was excellent in centre midfield and Kevin Lusamba was a constant threat along the left wing. Glapwell were reduced to long range efforts as Richard Dean and Adam Mahl were winning everything at the back.
Ten minutes into the second half Radford were awarded a penalty. Kevin Lusamba went on one of his mazy runs, dribbled into the penalty area and crashed to the ground while surrounded by Glapwell defenders. Jarrod Russell chipped the ball over the diving keeper. Substitute Michael Allen flicked on a Russell free kick a minute later that the keeper did well to save.

Glapwell had their first real goalscoring opportunity on 80 minutes when a free kick was headed a foot over the bar. With just four minutes of normal time remaining the Radford keeper misjudged the bounce of the ball on a return pass resulting in a corner. The corner was sent over and a shot was cleared off the line, the ball was played back into the area where it struck a Radford player and the referee awarded a hotly disputed penalty. Gareth Vardy took the penaly for Glapwell, but Apenitis pulled off a great save to give Radford only their second ever win in the FA Vase and a home tie against Long Eaton United in the next round.

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