Following Radford FC in the EMCL. Reports and Pictures from other E Mids Leagues.
Saturday, 2 March 2013
Holwell Sports 3-0 Radford (EMCL)
RADFORD BATTLE BUT DROP TO BOTTOM OF THE LEAGUE
Radford faced a confident Holwell outfit who are unbeaten in 2013. Manager Alf Stacey stressed the importance of not conceding early and to keep it tight. Radford took the game to the home side and were playing well for most of the first half. Radfords Dom Leivers set Bernado Alves free on the left wing and the striker put over a fine cross for Adam Mahl who laid the ball off to Stuart Marshall but the Holwell keeper saved his goalbound effort. The home side came forward on twelve minutes and a cross to the far post found a striker who headed just over. The game ebbed and flowed with Radford giving as good as they got against their higher placed rivals.
Radford were unlucky to go a goal down midway into the first half. Holwells centre half Kieron Foster put his side 1-0 up on 22 minutes. He got on the end of a corner in the six yard box, and at the same time he charged into the Radford keeper forcing the ball into the net. It was an obvious free kick to Radford but everyone was surprised when the referee allowed the goal to stand. Radford fought back well and worried the home keeper with two long range efforts that went wide of the goal. But Two minutes before halftime Radford conceded a second goal and again it came from a header by Foster, this time at the far post.
The home side dominated the second half but due to some stout defending and excellent goalkeeping from Ryan Swift Radford were coping well. Jahred Russell and Ryan Dawkins saw shots from outside the area go wide. On 80 minutes Holwell sub Ben Smedley shot over from close range, but as 90 minutes approached an attempted clearance from a Radford defender was collected by Ryan Swift. Amazingly the referee awarded a freekick for a passback. The freekick was awarded 12 yards from the Radford goal. The kick was taken by Jay Kirkby, it took a deflection off a defender in the Radford wall before landing in the back of the Radford net.