The Boro go 2 points clear
Radcliffe keep their 100% record going with a win at Skelmersdale
Report By Adam Harrison
Radcliffe fought hard to beat Skelmersdale United 2-1 to make it seven games from seven and bring all three points back to the Neuven.
Will Dunne’s second half free-kick wasn’t enough to cancel out Kingsley Williams and Rick Smith’s first half efforts.
The Boro now go two points clear at the top of the EVO-STIK West.
It was a fierce opening five minutes to the contest as both sides launched themselves into some strong challenges.
But it was Radcliffe who carved the first real opportunity of the game as on five minutes Matty Williams floated a great ball into the area which narrowly missed the head of Ben Wharton.
The Boro’s early dominance continued as on nine minutes Scott Metcalfe whipped a brilliant ball into the box which was fired towards goal by Rick Smith who could only win a corner.
Wharton continued to pester the Skelmersdale back four as he won a free-kick in a dangerous area on 13 minutes.
Metcalfe launched another great ball into the box which was headed back across by Williams. Smith was in the right place at the right time as his header looped over Scott Moloney in the United goal.
United grew into the game after the Boro broke the deadlock but they couldn’t find an equaliser.
Despite Skelmersdale pressure it was Radcliffe who found the next goal in the game.
Raul Correia and Smith combined well on the near side causing somewhat of a goalmouth scramble, the ball then fell to Kingsley Williams who side-footed home brilliantly to put The Boro two in front.
Skelmersdale continued to pressure in periods but it was Radcliffe who looked the more likely to find the next goal.
A mistake late in the half from a United defender let Wharton in again but he could only put it past the post.
The Blueboys came out in search of a way back into the game in the second period.
They managed to do so on 55 minutes a Will Dunne’s whipped free-kick found its way into the back of Ollie Martin’s goal.
United were on the hunt for the equaliser from then on.
The Boro struggled to play their football in the second half, a very stop start contest.
As the game went on it was The Boro who looked more likely of scoring again.
Substitutes Tunde Owolabi and Elliot Rokka had two brilliant opportunities but they both failed to find the back of the net.
In added time Radcliffe looked to half a certain penalty as Owolabi was brought down in the box but the referee had other ideas.
Jon Macken’s side hung on for all three points to regain top spot in the league, making it seven from seven in the process.