Nantwich host Radcliffe this Saturday as they look to continue their unbeaten run on Non-League Day.
Tuesday night’s chaotic 2-2 draw at Bamber Bridge was the Dabbers’ first of the season, making it seven games in all competitions without defeat after Jimmy Lawrie’s two penalties. Radcliffe’s form has been mixed over the last couple of matches, a 4-0 loss away at Grantham was followed by a 3-0 win over Hyde. The Boro have only played seven league games this season compared to the Dabbers’ ten so their current standing of 18th place may be a false one.
Name: Radcliffe FC
Nickname: The Boro
Manager: Jon Macken
Stadium: Neuven Stadium
Match: Nantwich Town v Radcliffe FC
Date: Saturday 12th October
Competition: BetVictor Northern Premier League
Stadium: The Weaver Stadium
Admission: £11/£8/Free for kids with a paying adult or Nantwich season ticket holder. Plus, any valid Premier League or EFL season ticker holder can watch for just £5 as part of Non-League Day.
Form Guide – Last Five
Bamber Bridge 2-2 Nantwich Town – BetVictor Northern Premier League
Nantwich Town 1-0 Morpeth Town – FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
Nantwich Town 3-1 Matlock Town – BetVictor Northern Premier League
Nantwich Town 3-2 Lancaster City – Bet Victor Northern Premier League
AFC Telford United 0-3 Nantwich Town – FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
Radcliffe 2-2 FC United of Manchester (FC United won 4-2 on penalties) – Manchester Premier Cup 1st Round
Radcliffe 3-0 Hyde United – BetVictor Northern Premier League
Grantham Town 4-0 Radcliffe – BetVictor Northern Premier League
Stalybridge Celtic 1-3 Radcliffe – BetVictor Northern Premier League
Radcliffe 4-0 Droylsden – Integro League Cup 1st Round
In the Dugout
Radcliffe’s manager is a very familiar name to supporters across all top divisions in England. Jon Macken had a playing career spanning nearly 20 years and 11 clubs. Starting out as a product of the Manchester United academy, he left in 1997 having not made a first team appearance under Alex Ferguson. It was at his next club, Preston North End, where he really made a name for himself, scoring over 60 goals in nearly 200 appearances before crossing the Manchester divide and signing for City for £5 million. He notably scored in the Manchester derby in 2004 and earned his one and only Republic of Ireland cap in the same year, but couldn’t make a big impact for City and left in 2005. A few difficult years followed, but he found form and goals again in spells at Barnsley and Walsall. Towards the end of his career, he spent time at Northwich Victoria and our midweek opponents Bamber Bridge before retiring. He took the reins at Radcliffe in September 2017 with them struggling in the Northern Premier Division One. It didn’t take long for him to turn the Boro’s fortunes around, leading them to promotion to the BetVictor Northern Premier League for the first time since 2007 in his first full season in charge after a 2-1 play-off victory over Leek Town.
Speaking about facing the Dabbers this weekend, Macken said: “They are a very good side, we’ve done a little bit of homework on them and we know they are a good side with some great players.”
“It will be tough but we believe that we have the players, the structure and the plan to go and get a result and that is what we are aiming to do.”
Radcliffe were fired to promotion by two prolific strikers last season. Tunde Owalabi was top scorer with 21 goals, but was snapped up by fellow Northern Premier side FC United of Manchester in the summer. This left the main goal scoring responsibility with Ben Wharton, who notched 18 last campaign and has so far scored just the once, in the FA Cup, but will be hoping to add to that as soon as possible. Also keep an eye out for current top scorer Tyrese Sinclair, who has provided assists as well as goals across Radcliffe’s various competitions so far. He is the son of Radcliffe coach, and former Chelsea defender, Frank, and the 18-year-old is highly regarded at his parent club Mansfield Town.
This weekend’s fixtures
FC United of Manchester vs Buxton
Gainsborough Trinity vs Atherton Collieries
Grantham Town vs Hyde United
Lancaster City vs Ashton United
Matlock Town vs Mickleover Sports
Morpeth Town vs Basford United
Nantwich Town vs Radcliffe
Scarborough Athletic vs Stafford Rangers
Stalybridge Celtic vs Bamber Bridge
Whitby Town vs Warrington Town
Witton Albion vs South Shields