Match Report
Radley College 1st XI vs  St Edward's School, Oxford
On: Thursday, 07 Mar 2024
Venue: Away

Smarting from a loss at Marlborough, Radley were keen to play well and get a result.

They certainly started the better side. A high hard press pinning in the Teddies defence and forcing two good early saves from the Teddies keeper from Will Matthews. A rare foray into the Radley D earned Teddies a corner. A good routine taken off the line by Rory Tomlin.

More Radley pressure produced more chances and their first corner. Will Matthews shot was saved by the keeper and the rebound was missed. The best chance fell to Toby Cook who controlled it well but blasted his backhand chance wide. Morgan Barnes created good opportunities for the Radley forwards and was instrumental in keeping the pressure on. Teddies played on the break using the aerial ball to good effect. A rare slip in the Radley defence allowed Teddies to take a quick free hit, the ball fired into the D and being deflected well into the corner of the Radley goal. Half time St. Edwards 1-0 Radley

Radley started the second half as they did the first, high tempo, good control and pressing the defence hard. Teddies threw more aerials and created chances on the break, Radley were grateful Charlie Weston was very solid in goal. Radley finally equalised after intense work in the middle of the pitch through Woody Walker and Freddie Blacker. Blacker took a quick free hit, found Jamie Fletcher who dragged the ball into the D and past the goalkeeper. St. Edwards 1-1 Radley. It looked like it was only a matter of time before Radley would score again and they did through Hugo Acheson Gray. He was found unmarked in front of the keeper by Walker and coolly finished on the backhand. St.Edwards 1-2 Radley.

Instead of capitalising Radley stepped off the sweeper who threw aerial after aerial hoping to catch the Radley defence napping. Digby Eliot and Rory Tomlin dealt with the ball well but still needed Charlie Weston to come to the rescue. Pressure mounted on the Radley defence and several good corner saves kept them in it. The Teddies equaliser came after a slip in midfield, the ball was smashed across the Radley D and the Teddies forward finished brilliantly at the far post. St. Edwards 2-2 Radley.

The final flourish was all St Edwards, pressure on the Radley D and a corner on the last play of the game. Weston saved and the game was over.

Final score St. Edwards 2-2 Radley. Another draw that could so easily have been a win, but both the Teddies and Radley keeper had outstanding games, otherwise the result could have been very different for either side.