The Shakers battled to a hard-earned 2-2 draw at Radcliffe on Tuesday evening.
The Shakers took the lead through an early Radcliffe own goal. However, the hosts turned the game around in the second half, Lacy converted a Metcalfe free kick, followed by Tunde Owolabi’s stunning overhead kick that was worthy of being the winner, which flew past Mathew Hudson and in off the post 17 minutes from time which gave Radcliffe the lead. Joe Adams was on hand for Ryan Lowe’s men to convert a corner taken by Callum Hulme just before the final whistle.
The Shakers took the lead six minutes into the fixture after a defensive mix-up from the hosts. Scott Burgess applied the pressure on the Radcliffe defence, he forced Callum Grogan to play the ball, a mix-up with the ‘keeper Oliver Martin saw Grogan head over his keeper, and into the back of an empty net.
Radcliffe looked to hit back immediately. Payne tried to play Trialist B in behind down the left. The trialist was unable to create anything thanks to some good defending from the skipper for the evening, Saul Shotton. It was the defender who scored the only goal of the game here last season as Bury came away 1-0 winners.
The Shakers came close to adding a second inside the opening 15 minutes. Byron Moore took two defenders out of the game in the box before finding Scott Burgess, Burgess then knocked the ball wide of a few defenders before firing a shot straight at Oliver Martin.
Saul Shotton looked for his second in two years at Radcliffe, Luke Williams took a free kick from the right-hand-side near the Radcliffe byline, Shotton rose above everyone, but he couldn’t direct his header goalwards.
Ryan Lowe’s side continued to threaten, Joe Skarz brought the ball down brilliantly on the left, his cross to the back post just evaded Sang, Byron Moore was there, but his strike deflected off Chris Sang and over the Radcliffe bar.
Tsun Dai is the next to threaten for Bury. Some fancy footwork on the edge of the box allowed him to create enough space to test himself on goal, however, the young midfielder couldn’t bend his effort into the top corner.
Bury continued to dominate the opening 45 minutes, Williams sent Sang clear down the left flank. Sang cut inside and picked Burgess out on the edge of the box, but he didn’t strike the ball cleanly, and the ball span out for a goal kick.
Williams should have had a second for Bury, a fantastic curved ball took the Radcliffe defence out of the game, Williams looked to slip the ball low beyond the Radcliffe shot-stopper, but Martin was equal to the effort and denied Williams the goal.
Radcliffe almost had the ball in the back of their own net again, Grogan was the culprit again, his clearance from a corner was looping towards the top corner, but Mason Fallon was Grogan’s saviour on the line as he headed the ball over.
Burgess was a real menace to the Radcliffe defence and ‘keeper, he struck the ball with real venom from outside the area, the attempt was straight at Martin, but the power from Burgess meant Martin could only parry the ball over the bar.
Luke Williams had the final chance of the half as Martin was called into action yet again, the trialist had a free kick 25-yards from goal and central. Martin was required to get down low to his right to palm the effort behind.
Half-Time: Radcliffe 0-1 Bury
The first chance of the second 45 was for the hosts, the ball fell to Tunde Owolabi on the edge of the Shakers’ box, but he didn’t trouble Hudson as the ball flew over the bar.
Tunde Owolabi continued to be a nuisance to the Bury defence since his half-time introduction, he battled towards goal with Saul Shotton and managed to keep the ball from the Bury skipper. He managed to beat Hudson, but he also beat the post as the Shakers remained one goal to the good.
Mathew Hudson couldn’t keep his clean sheet as the hosts drew level thanks to Lewis Lacy. Scott Metcalfe whipped in a dangerous delivery from a free kick on the right. Lacy’s downwards header was enough to see him beat Hudson and get his first goal for Radcliffe.
Radcliffe turned the game on it’s head on the 73rd minute as substitute Tunde Owolabi scored a truly remarkable goal. A failed backheel attempt from Ben Wharton, as the Shakers failed to clear the ball, set it up perfectly for Owolabi to show off his acrobatics as an overhead kick flew into the net off Hudson’s left-hand post.
Tunde Owolabi continued to cause problems for Ryan Lowe’s men as this time he battled with Dougie Nyaupembe. Owolabi left him in the box, he had a one-on-one with Hudson on the 6-yard box and took the ball past the Preston loanee, but after all his hard work and skill, he scuffed an effort wide when it looked easier to score into the open net.
Despite a much improved second-half performance from Radcliffe, the Shakers managed to salvage a late draw thanks to an 88thminute header from Joe Adams following a Callum Hulme corner from the right-hand side.
A real ‘game of two halves’ finished 2-2, Bury took a lead into the break thanks to an early own goal. Radcliffe managed to turn the game around in the second-half before a late corner saw the Shakers snatch a draw as Joe Adams headed home. Tunde Owolabi’s overhead kick was the moment of the match as our neighbours gave a good account of themselves in our annual pre-season friendly!
Full-Time: Radcliffe 2-2 Bury