Pace, Power & Precision: Radcliffe Borough 4-0 Hyde match report
By Matthew Bostock
The Boro showed what they were all about as they welcomed Hyde to Taurus Park yesterday evening.
Radcliffe Borough produced a scintillating performance to dismantle Hyde 4-0 at Taurus Park putting Matty Johnson's horror injury of the weekend behind them.
Following the abandonment of the Colne match last Saturday there was a danger that the hosts may well let the incident to their goalkeeper play on their minds.
However, it was evident from the first minute that this was not the case as Elliot Rokka got the hosts off to a lively start with a shot in the opening moments of the game which went just over.
It wasn’t long before Radcliffe did take the lead through Abou Sanogo in the 14th minute as the tall striker tapped in from close range after a drilled in ball from the left wing from Rokka.
Raul Correia then doubled his sides lead, seven minutes later, as he provided an excellent right-footed finish at the end of an exhilarating counter-attack after winger Frank Van Gils broke away down the wing.
It was very nearly three on the half hour mark as Van Gils struck the post with a low driven effort of his own as Hyde struggled to deal with the movement of the front three.
HT: Radcliffe Borough 2-0 Hyde United
Correia got his second of the game ten minutes into the second half as Rokka again broke free of his marker on the wing and his whipped ball in landed straight to the onrushing striker who converted from four yards out.
Substitute Conor Ready then finished the game off, in the 64thminute, as he was the first to react following a stinging effort from Rokka which Saunders could only palm into the path of the midfielder.
Tadhg Ryan, making his debut for Radcliffe in goal, had little to do for the majority of the game but did show what he was capable of with a fine fingertip save to deny Hyde’s Bevans from grabbing a consolation just a minute later.
Saunders in Hydes goal was kept busy in the final few minutes of the game as both Rokka and Correia produced some stinging shots which the keeper did well to parry to make sure his side didn’t concede a fifth goal of the night.
FT: Radcliffe Borough 4-0 Hyde United
This was a fantastic display by the Boro; well-timed counter attacks and movement across the front three meant they were always a threat going forward against the visitors. Two wins on the bounce and two clean sheets to go along with that make for very good reading heading into the weekends game against Droylsden at Taurus Park.