Radcliffe Borough 3-1 Kendal Town match report 20/09/16
By Matthew Bostock
Radcliffe Borough produced an extremely good performance to come out 3-1 winners against Kendal town with winger Frank Van Gils scoring two goals.
Highflying Kendal came into the game on good form and looked impressive in the opening stages of the game as they controlled most of the ball. Yet it was Boro striker Raul Correia who had the first real opportunity of the game.
After a well-timed ball through the middle by captain Jack Hindle, Correia found himself in some space at the edge of the box but couldn’t put the ball either side of the keeper who palmed the powerful effort away.
The goal of the match came in the 12th minute though when Hindle broke down the right wing before chipping a deep ball to the far post where Frank Van Gils some how managed to produce a stunning overhead kick from an exceedingly tight angle to make it 1-0.
Kendal, despite the score line, were still making a game of it but the Boro had the slight edge with both wingers having fine games and causing problems. The visitor’s main point of threat was from some very dangerous set pieces where they crowded the area making it very difficult for Johnson to come and collect.
Hindle very nearly added to his impressive goal tally already this season in the 37th minute after he cut in from the right to produce a fierce shot which the keeper could only parry from his near post out for a corner.
Boro keeper Matty Johnson was forced into his first real save of the first half in added on time as Kendal broke down the right and Martin Grundy was one on one but his powerful effort was saved well to Johnsons left side.
HT: Radcliffe Borough 1-0 Kendal Town
It didn’t take the Boro long to take the lead in the second half as they extended their advantage to two just a couple of minutes in. Van Gil got his second of the game after he picked up a loose clearance from the Kendal keeper who was still scrambling back as Van Gil chipped him from 20 yards.
Kendal got themselves back into the game just before the hour mark after a quick break forward Charlie Bailey slotted home into the bottom corner after unleashing a curling effort.
The goal didn’t discourage the Boro’s attacking flair however as they nearly restored their two-goal advantage a minute later after Rokka’s downward shot bounced just wide following a Van Gil knock down.
The game began to open up and Johnson was the hero for the Boro again as he produced a flying save from a free kick to keep his side ahead in the 64th minute.
It was the Boro who grabbed the next goal after an audacious back heel by Rokka, which unlocked the Kendal defence and allowed Correia to pick up the ball and slot calmly home as the game ticked into the final 15 minutes of the match.
Hindle almost got on the score sheet in the final ten minutes of the game after he connected with Rokka’s pass across the box but the winger saw his effort skid in front of the goal to his dismay.
FT: Radcliffe Borough 3-1 Kendal Town
This was a very impressive performance against a side many thought would leave Taurus Park with all three points when taking one look at the league standings. The Boro’s energy levels were superb from the first to the last whistle and they never looked like losing the match.
The winger's performance, Hindle and Van Gil, were a particular highlight and their showing was complimented by Raul Correia’s tireless running.
Manager Bill Prendergast spoke highly of the opposition in his post match comments whilst also paying tribute to his own players.
He said: “I thought Kendal were a great footballing team and they gave us more problems tonight than most other opponents so far this season. It was a good learning opportunity for our lads to learn from them.
I thought their pace brought the best out of us because we had to be at our best to get the three points, as they were one of the fittest teams we have had to face. We managed to play some really great football and get the win.”
The manager also commented on the upcoming away fixture away to Tadcaster Albion this Saturday. He said: “I have found memories of Tadcaster because I once scored two goals at their ground about 20 years ago; one of which was a 25 yarder! I hope one of the lads can replicate that and we bring home the win”.