Radcliffe Run Riot At Trafford
By Matthew Jones
The Boro hit 5 at Trafford with a sensational performance.
Report By Adam Harrison-
Radcliffe made it three from three in the league as they put five past Trafford at Shawe View.
Ben Wharton (2), Tunde Owolabi (2) and returning as Captain in the absence of Kingsley Williams, Rick Smith found the back of the net for the Boro as they top the league table.
Jon Macken’s side have now scored 11 goals in the league and keeping a further two clean sheets for good measure and just conceding the one goal.
It was Radcliffe who started the brighter of the two sides, George West whipped a ball across the Trafford box only to be narrowly missed by Wharton in the middle.
The Boro very nearly took an early lead through Rick Smith on 11 minutes but his powerful header was cleared off the line by the Trafford defender.
Macken’s men continued to pile on the pressure as striker Wharton’s shot was deflected just over the woodwork. Trafford offered very little in the opening exchanges.
The away side finally found the back of the net through Owolabi on 26 minutes. A brilliant counter attacking move from a Trafford attack. Prince Haywood found the former Prescot Cables man after some good work from Wharton in the centre of the park. Owolabi calmly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper to put the Boro into the lead.
Owolabi wasted no time in looking for a second as just three minutes later hit narrowly wide after a mix up in the Trafford area.
The pacey forward did find his second on 37 minutes after some good work on the 18-yard box. He won the ball just inside the area and fired home to make it two.
Boro were on the hunt for more in the second half, piling the pressure on early on.
It took no time at all for The Boro to find a third. Just five minutes inti the second half Captain Rick Smith rose highest at the back post to nod home to make it a goal scoring return for the midfielder.
It didn’t take long for in form striker Ben Wharton to get in on the act. On 59 minutes the striker found space just outside the area and launched an unstoppable effort into the bottom corner of the Trafford net.
Ollie Martin was called into action late on in the game producing a great save after some good work from the Trafford forwards.
Wharton added the fifth goal of the day on 85 minutes. A brilliant cross from substitute Jordyn Fitton caught the back line of Trafford off guard and Wharton headed home to make it six goals in four for the forward.
Radcliffe saw out the remaining minutes without any scares and came home with another valuable three points after another outstanding performance.
Gaffer Jon Macken was very pleased with his sides performance who now face Colwyn Bay on Saturday afternoon.
RadcliffeTV Speaking to Jon Macken after the game:
"Id have snapped your hand off, (On Radcliffe's position at the start of the season)
I think we've played really well, we've worked really hard in pre season to get the type of system we want to play, getting the lads in we wanted to build a team, building a squad that we believe was capable of these types of performances. Its been good today and was credit to the lads who worked unbelievably hard. Two games in three days is difficult for anyone I felt the lads really pushed themselves to the max today and they got their just rewards."
"This will say what we're about and what we are trying to build (On the Trafford result sending a message throughout the league) we've got some great players in this squad. Very good players who have to keep pushing themselves. They have to keep demanding themselves and that's what we have been telling them. They have raised the bar and we (the coaching staff) are going to raise it even more to keep trying to push them to keep getting performances like this to try and push yourself to the max and go and achieve something and be part of something we can build together. There is nothing better than winning football matches your in the changing rooms after with your mates and there is no better feeling. That's what I said to them, make it infectious make it like a drug that you need it every game."
"They were all great goals, well worked. We've been working on things, systems we told them and they executed it. To a man and the lads that came off the bench keep believing in the process and the squad game and what we are trying to do and put the team first. They have executed it today and was testament to what they have been working on and the hard work they have put in."
On Ollie Martin- "I've just said it to the lads in the dressing room. Ollie didn't have a lot to do today but when he was called upon he made two great saves. His punch from the corner that's massive. When your under the cosh for a bit and when the keeper comes and punches it out it's massive takes the pressure of you totally. He was excellent as well today. To a man the lads on the bench as well everyone played their part today."
Looking ahead to Colwyn Bay- "Were going into every game looking to put in a performance that can win the game. We don't get ahead of ourselves. We will do our homework on them. See where their strengths and weaknesses are and ours too. Its a squad game people will be back from injury and suspension and injures picked up today. Its a squad game I've told the lads everyone is going to be needed so prepare correctly to play the game and be put in the side because that could happen from one week to the next.
We believed in our squad and the lads that were brought in and the lads already here. Its about pushing that belief on them, making them believe even more keep pushing them keep driving them. When they have stepped up they have. Were going to keep driving them. Me, Steve and Frank were going to push them to reach the limits of where they should be. "