Report: West Bridgford FC win local derby against Radford with late winner

West Bridgford claimed an excellent three league points away to third-placed Radford in the East Midlands Counties League.

 

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Goals from Ryan Whitehurst, Joe Terry and Ellis Williamson secured the victory against a team that had beaten Bridgford 4-0 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

 

Radford started the game aggressively and their direct style of play caused some early problems for the Bridgford defence. As the first half reached its halfway point Bridgford started to exert some control on the match and created some promising openings. John Whitehurst twice struck the crossbar and the front four of Whitehurst, Tim Hopkinson, Jack Oldham and Ryan Whitehurst were all creating havoc in the opponents half of the pitch.

 

Against the run of play on 40 minutes, a free kick from the right found the lively Ravam Antonio Jackson who took the ball around Sam Clark in the Bridgford goal and squared for Jack Smith to smash the ball home.

 

Half Time Radford 1 West Bridgford 0

 

The second half began with another push from West Bridgford with a number of chances being created and narrowly missed. On 65 minutes a stunning volley from Ryan Whitehurst from 20 yards levelled the match.

 

Bridgford continued to press searching for the winner and the game became stretched with Radford also not seeming to accept a point. With ten minutes remaining, excellent wing play from John Whitehurst resulted in him getting to the byline and crossing for Tim Hopkinson who controlled the ball and set up Joe Terry who calmly placed the ball home from just inside the are to put Bridgford ahead for the first time in the match.

 

The match still had some twists and turns yet though, on 86 minutes ex Bridgford winger Abou Sylla put in a pinpoint cross which was headed home by substitute Joel Bayliss to level the game again.

 

Whilst this could have caused a momentum change towards the hosts, Bridgford was not to be denied and in the 89th minute got the winner that their play deserved.

A John Whitehurst corner was pulled back to the edge of the box to the on-rushing Ellis Williamson who scored his first goal for the club in spectacular fashion by hitting a pile driver through the crowded penalty area into the far corner.

 

There were jubilant scenes at the final whistle as Bridgford emerged victorious in this local derby. An excellent advert for Step 6 football.

 

Full-Time Radford 2 West Bridgford 3