Created: Thursday, 30 March 2017 12:51
Written by Paul Upton
Old Blacks Reserves 3 - 0 Radcliffe Boys
/It's now down to the last 3 games after a good solid performance against a decent Radcliffe side. Three wins should see us promoted, unless old Mancunians manage to go and score more than 20 goals in their last 2 games!!
We went into this game with a team barely recognisable from the starting line up from the beginning of the season. In came Russell Gallagher and Rob McClure from the 1st team, due to them having no game this weekend, and a debut for William Clague at right back. We had Ollie Hyde and Mick Holmes on the bench.
I was hoping I would only have to use one of them?/
We started strongly, playing a 4-4-2, with Brad Morris going into the centre half position along with skipper Mark Feeney.
We soon started creating chances, and went one up through Alistair Lofthouse. Rob McClure went through on goal, rounded the keeper and laid the ball back to Alistair, but unfortunately the ball was played behind him, and was partly cleared - but not far enough. Rob got the ball back and played a lovely pass into Alex Boardman, who then played Alistair in on goal. This time Alistair placed the ball beyond the keeper to make it 1-0. We were soon two up, after the ball fell to Alex Boardman on the edge of the area, and he drilled the ball under the keeper.
We had more chances to score but went in 2-0 at half time.
James Halsall was running the game in midfield, and we were playing solid right through the team. The 2nd half was less eventful, and we finally finished the game off after Alistair Lofthouse was put through with 5 minutes to go, and he finished well, when one on one with the keeper.
We looked solid at the back, with will Clague impressive at right back. He slotted in well and worked the ball down the right and side along with Russell Gallagher
Well done everyone. With 7 or 8 lads missing the team still managed to play well and worked as a unit.
Created: Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:52
Written by Dave Fielding
Radcliffe Boys 1 - 2 Old Blacks Reserves
One word to describe this win, and that word is Lucky.
We went into the game on the back of an 8-0 win over Hesketh, but we certainly didn't take any form into the game.
Anyone watching the 2nd half would have thought Radcliffe were higher up in the league than us. To be fair to the lads, they never gave up, and when we needed a goal they went and got one.
The pitch was very narrow, and didn't suit the way we like to play, but we bossed the 1st half and went in 1-0 up through a well taken penalty from Brad Langhorn, after Elliot Guinan was fouled inside the area. We did have plenty of possession and several good chances to kill the game off in the 1st 45 minutes, the best chance created by Kieron Lascowski from a corner. The ball fell to him, only 5 yards out, and with his back to goal, Kieron back heeled the ball but somehow the keeper tipped his effort over the bar.
Into the 2nd half, and I expected Radcliffe to tire, because they had no substitues, but it was the complete opposite, as they took the game to us. With 10 minutes to go, and the opposition having plenty of possession, I still felt we were going to win 1-0, until a long ball was missed on the edge of the penalty area by Mark Feeny (the one guy you would bet your mortgage on to clear) allowing the ball to bounce once, then somehow hit the ground, and roll along the floor and into the net - a real fluke of a goal.
At this point I couldn't see us getting back in front, and the lads looked over at me for guidance, but I hadn't a clue if I'm being honest. Then Brad Morris came over to me and said take me off and stick Alistair lofthouse back on up front. There was no argument, he was 100% right.
With only a minute to go, we did something we hadn't done for almost all the 2nd half, and that was to get the ball out wide. Ryan Duncan picked the ball up just outside our own area, and hit a superb 40 or so yard pass out to Rick Mcguirty on the left wing. Rick then carried the ball towards the penalty area, and crossed in towards the back post, were Brad langhorn was on hand to bundle the ball into net. The Radcliffe players claimed off side, but the ref signalled a goal.
The restart was the last kick of the game, and for once we got the little bit of luck that we could have done with in some of our earlier games of the season. Unfortunately for us Horwich Victoria lost to Old Mancunians, meaning automatic promotion is now out of our own hands.
Let's hope Old Mancunians slip up in one of there remaining 4 games?