Saturday, 27 April 2013

Ellistown 3-1 Radford

As usual Radford started off on the backfoot and a cross/shot from Johnny Hamilton fizzed across the face of the Radford goal on three minutes. Four minutes later Radford didn't learn the lesson as
Hamilton shot and scored from the left edge of the area. Ellistown continued to pressure the visitors defence and added to their lead on 13 minutes when Darren Rushden drove the ball into the net from 18 yards out. Radford were struggling against their hard working opponents, the windy conditions and match officials who were making some strange decisions. Radford came close to pulling a goal back on 40 minutes when Jahred Russell had a shot from just inside the area headed off the line.

Radford came out more determined in the second half and Ryan Dawkins saw a shot saved by the Ellistown keeper before Paul Macmillans follow up was hit wide. On 58 minutes Radford forced a corner and Jahred Russell found Ryan Dawkins who headed Radford back into the game. Three minutes later Ellistown were awarded a freekick, and from wide out the ball hit the Radford crossbar before being cleared. From then onwards it was Radford who were the better side.

Dawkins beat the offside, crossing into the area for Jahred Russell but his volley flew a foot over the bar. Radford players and supporters were in uproar after Jahred Russell beat the offside and was hacked down by the last Ellistown defender just outside the area. The Referee amazingly only awarded a yellow card! Unfortunately for Radford the freekick was struck wide of the goal. Radford threw the kitchen sink at Ellistown in the final minutes but in time added on the home side scored with a breakaway goal through Leon Alkman.

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