Radcliffe Draw At Newcastle
By Matthew Jones
The Boro drop points for the first time this season
Report by Adam Harrison
Radcliffe dropped points for the first time this season but remain unbeaten as they drew 1-1 with Newcastle Town at the Lyme Valley Stadium.
Shelton Payne put the Boro ahead early in the first half but Rod Orlando-Young drew the home side level late on in the second half.
Despite the draw Radcliffe still sit top with a point advantage over Runcorn Linnets after another tough contest.
Jon Macken’s men started brightly after their mid-week win against Skelmersdale. The first opening of the game fell to Rick Smith on three minutes who found space just outside of the box but he blazed his shot over.
The Boro continued to pile the pressure on The Castle, Ben Wharton won a free-kick on six minutes but the set piece came to nothing.
Shelton Payne broke the deadlock on eight minutes with a brilliant piece of individual skill. The winger created a yard of space and unleashed a powerful shot towards goal which the goalkeeper couldn’t handle.
Radcliffe continued to put the pressure on Newcastle but they couldn’t find a second to assert their dominance.
The Town grew into the first half having a few dangerous attacks of their own but they couldn’t find an equaliser.
Payne’s goal was enough to see Radcliffe through until half time.
Newcastle started the second half as Radcliffe started the first. A huge chance went begging on 48 minutes as a goal bound shot flashed wide of Ollie Martin’s goal.
The Boro started to gain possession after this scare, Elliot Rokka caused The Town some problems but his two efforts were saved by the goalkeeper.
The Town were still searching for the equaliser as the half ticked on. They came close on 59 minutes as Radcliffe failed to clear their lines after another dangerous cross.
Newcastle found the breakthrough on 74 minutes through Rod Orlando-Young. A long punt forward was chased down by the pacey winger, he continued his run and fired past Martin in the Boro goal.
Jon Macken’s side went in hunt of a winner as the time ticked away but they couldn’t find a way to break down the Newcastle defence.
Radcliffe remain top by one point after another positive performance against a tough side. Up next the Boro face Lancaster away on Tuesday evening in the Integro League Cup.
Jon Macken said after the match:
"Its a point away from home they played well there a good team, they fought hard all game. Positives we wasn't always on the front foot but we had a lot of chances in the first 20 mins really hoping your scoring 1 or 2 of them to put you on the front foot. Teams are going to want to beat us knock us off our perch because we've been playing so well. We had a tough game Wednesday night, we've come to another tough place today where they are going to shock a few teams this year. They are not a bad team at all and work really hard for each other and it was a difficult game for us im pleased with a point.
The Full Post Match Interview with Jon Macken is available on our YouTube Channel RadcliffeTV