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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

10 September 2017 Venue The Recreation Ground Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Radcliffe Olympic
0 - 0
Sheffield United

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Radcliffe Olympic 0-0 United Ladies - report

11 September 2017

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United's first away league fixture of the new season saw a full squad travel to Radcliffe-on-Trent, an old happy hunting ground for the Blades having clinched both a league title and then a tournament there back in 2006.

United Manager Dan O'Hearne made four changes from the winning team from the previous week, reverting to a more traditional 4-4-2. Academy graduate Eve Marshall made her full debut at centre-back and it was a first game of the season for the experienced Jorden Spurr as the holding midfielder. United were also in the new United purple away kit for the first time and sporting new sponsorship from SteelPhalt.

Radcliffe finished fourth last season and had two former Blades girls in their ranks in Kimmie Harford and Kirsty Johnson.

The game itself won't live long in the memory for either those playing or watching as both sides battled fruitlessly to a drab draw, not helped by the blustery weather. United had a few half chances in the first half, Sophie Bell was twice denied in the box on one occasion and Millie Kenyon had a couple of shots easily fielded.

Radcliffe forced a few corners but neither goalkeeper was tested in the first half.

United switched tactics as the second half wore on, firstly moving the tall Marshall up front alongside Nat Shaw and then adding substitute striker Tania Marsden too, in search of a breakthrough. Twice United did expose their former 'keeper Johnson, Marshall's cut back was cleared away and Marsden's similar set up didn't find a United boot either. Marsden also had one turn-and-shot effort just wide but otherwise United struggled to find any goalscoring opportunites.

Radcliffe had by far more the most shots but all were wayward in a game that didn't reflect the usual quality of either side nor the standard of the league as a whole.

Manager O'Hearne reflected: "A very frustrating afternoon where the pitch and conditions were a leveller and the lack of quality with the final ball was so hard to watch given the talent in the squad. On the plus side we kept a clean sheet and I thought ex-RTC player Eve Marshall gave a really accomplished display on her full debut."

This Sunday United visit local rivals Rotherham United at Roundwood Sports Ground, S62 6LA.

Blades: Houldsworth, Hartley, Neary, Marshall, Robinson, Bell (Ashton), Spurr, Brown, Kenyon, Shaw (Beanland), Pearson (Marsden).

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