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?