West Bridgford Too Strong For Pheasants

Radford 1-4 West Bridgford (East Midlands Counties League) 07.03.20

Radford were swept aside by West Bridgford as they scored three second-half goals to earn a 4-1 win in the East Midlands Counties League on Saturday.

A hat-trick from Ryan Whitehurst and a goal from his brother John cancelled out Jake Richardson’s early effort for the Pheasants and sent the visitors up to ninth-place.

Radford were winless in four games coming into the match but were buoyed by new-signing Lucus Cotterill who netted during his debut at Rainworth Miners Welfare on Tuesday night.

The hosts made a high-intensity start and it paid off when Blake Cooke played a driven free-kick into the box and Jake Richardson hit the ball, first-time, through a crowded goalmouth and into the back of the net.

It was a good routine by the Pheasants that caught the visitors’ keeper off guard and put them ahead after 15 minutes.

But West Bridgford soon levelled the score, the Radford backline appeared to freeze as they contested a foul but none was given and Ryan Whitehurst remained calm as he slotted past Joe McCormack.

Liam Smallwood’s charging run through the middle of the park nearly saw Radford almost instantly back ahead but the midfielder’s shot was blocked by the outstretched leg of goalkeeper James Fogg to keep the sides level at the break.

Despite conceding three goals in the second-half, Radford actually started out well and created plenty of chances through Cotterill and Akauna running onto through balls – but for all their opportunities they could not find the back of the net.

This soon came back to bite them with West Bridgford scoring three goals in a nightmare 20 minutes for the home side.

Ryan Whitehurst earned his second of the day just after the hour mark as he drove a free-kick through the wall and past debutant Joe McCormack in the Radford net.

The decision for the free-kick seemed a little harsh on Radford as Joe McLaughlin had made a sliding block on the edge of the box before being deemed to have tripped a player whilst still on the floor.

Regardless of the contentious decision, Radford failed to keep their focus on getting an equaliser and they soon paid the price.

John Whitehurst scored West Bridgford’s third through a swift attack, with the winger beating Blake Cooke to a bouncing ball before lobbing the ball over McCormack as he rushed out of his area.

McCormack, to his credit, denied West Bridgford a fourth goal sooner than it eventually arrived as he made a strong diving save at his near post to prevent John Whitehurst from earning a brace.

The misery was soon compounded on 80 minutes when West Bridgford notched a fourth goal of the day and the hat-trick goal for John Whitehurst.

A mix-up at the back allowed the forward to dispossess McCormack and pass the ball into an empty net.

The result sees West Bridgford move to within just three points of the Pheasants who are now winless in almost two months.

*Article provided by Peter Trifunovic (Radford Correspondent).

*Main image @RadfordFC64 the home side attack verses West Bridgford.

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