Saturday, 23 February 2013

Radford FC 2-5 Aylestone Park (EMCL)

The visitors took the lead as early as the third minute. Radfords keeper failed to hold on to a ball crossed into the box and Lee Dube's effort hit the post before landing in the net. Four minutes later Sam Taylor's angled header landed in the corner of the Radford goal afer he beat Carl Shepherd to the ball. Radford were 0-3 down on 11 minutes when another cross found Sam Taylor who tapped in from close range.

Radford came back at the visitors and came close to scoring from a Jahred Russell free kick from just outside the area. Radford's Sheriff Babatunde centred for Louis Ratcliffe but his shot hit the side netting. Just past the 30 minute mark Aylestone's keeper Edwards did well to keep out a Jahred Russells low drive.

On 34 minutes it started to look better for Radford when Stuart Marshall rifled in a 20 yard half volley to pull a goal back. Two minutes later Jahred Russell scored from a superb 25 yard drive. Radford were now playing well but as usual their joy was shortlived when Radfords keeper Martins Apenitis was harshly judged to have brought down an Aylestone player in the area. Sam Taylor stepped up and converted the spot kick for his third and his teams fourth goal.

Radford began the second half in confident manner forcing the Aylestone keeper into two good saves, one from a Russell free kick and another from a Carl Shepherd header from a corner. Aylestone came close on the hour mark when a Luke Towers shot was just over the bar from 16 yards out. Radford conceded a fifth goal in the 82nd minute when a ball crossed to the far post was swept home by Gary Seal.

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