Holwell Sports fightback blunted by Radcliffe equaliser

Scott Mooney made it 26 goals for the season with a double against Radcliffe EMN-150319-095202002
Scott Mooney made it 26 goals for the season with a double against Radcliffe EMN-150319-095202002
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Holwell’s quest for a top six finish suffered another setback as they held to a 3-3 draw by Radcliffe Olympic last Tuesday.

A late leveller by Jack Smith frustrated Holwell and left them down in ninth, 11 points adrift of sixth-placed Ashby with two games in hand.

With Parra-Watson unavailable, Daws was forced into a reshuffle as Hallam dropped into the back four, and Calver and Smith came in, with Stannard dropping to the bench after picking up a knock.

With Radcliffe buoyed by their weekend win away at title-chasing Blaby, it was they who started brighter and were rewarded after 25 minutes when Potts tapped in a rebound after Stainsby had save.

Holwell’s evening got worse 10 minutes later when Sinott poked home at the back post from a swift Radcliffe counter-attack.

The hosts needed a response and within a minute Mooney had a shot saved by Dunn who then kept out Wells’s rebound. But just a minute later, Holwell reduced the arrears when Foster slipped Mooney through and the striker finished well across Radcliffe keeper Dunn.

Playing with renewed urgency, Sports levelled moments later when Wells and Mooney combined and the former was brought down by Dunn. Mooney sent the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot to seal his 26th goal of the season.

It was a super comeback considering it had taken the home side until the 35th minute to find their feet.

With momentum on their side and defensive issues cleared up at half-time, Holwell took the game to Radcliffe in the second half.

Dunn stopped Mooney’s snap-shot and Foster drilled wide before Mooney sent a free-kick just over.

Holwell finally broke through in the 62nd minute when Stevenson crossed for Wells who headed in his 15th of the season.

Knowing a fourth goal would all but seal the win, Holwell continued to press. Foster and Smith both had shots blocked, but Radcliffe weren’t done and pushed Holwell deeper.

Having had a penalty claim turned down, Radcliffe’s pressure told. After being warned moments early from a corner, Holwell then let the ball bounce across the goal and Smith prodded home at the back post.

Holwell: Stainsby, Calver, Ridout, Hallam, Chapman, Foster, Smith, Stevenson, Barnard, Wells (Stannard 83), Mooney. Subs not used: Randall, Denigan.