What a game.
The first time these 2 teams have met for the Radnor Park Derby and it ended in a enthralling yet gutting 5-4 win for Park Inn FC.
The newly formed Division 2 outfit lined up with some well known Folkestone footballing faces but you could see that it was a new squad as during the first half Radnor played with pose, energy and intensity causing a lot of problems for Park Inn. Radnor opened the scoring through a well worked goal which saw Andy Reddecliffe through on goal and drive it into the bottom corner.
Radnor then stepped it up a gear when realising the Park Inn goalkeeper had more chance of catching the plague than a football and began to have more shoots, which paid off, Jordan Castle scored a wonder goal from the left side of the edge of the box finding the top right corner and then Andy Reddecliffe secured his brace with a goal from a Free-Kick that the keeper really should have done better from.
The down fall from this game was Radnors ability not to control the last 5 minutes from either half, Josh Hampton made a couple of save but was kept reasonably quiet in the first 45 but maybe a bit of complacency saw Park Inn snatch a goal on the stroke of HT.
The second half was almost the opposite from the first half. Radnor looked a little disoriented, maybe it was being in a comfortable position for the first time ever, maybe it was the changes Park Inn made but they were the much better team in that 2nd half. Hampton left the field injured to Dan Fletcher had a tough task of enduring the onslaught from Park Inn. Who arguably should have had 2 penalties before pulling the game back to 3-3.
But Radnor we’re helped and regained the lead when Callum Reddecliffe launched the ball forward and all the keeper had to do was catch it and he put it on a plate for Todd Wallis to make it 4-3. Then I don’t really know what happened. Must have been about 8 minutes left here and we conceded a pretty poorer equaliser not clearing our lines and then in the last minute, Park Inns winger used his pace that had troubled us the whole of the 2nd half and scored a cracking goal to win the game with literally the last kick of the game. Gutted.
5-4 to Park Inn it finished, we kick off the season next Sunday 10:30 KO at home at the Stadium Folkestone vs Ashford Wanderers!!