EvoStik Northern Premier League – Division One (north)

Saturday 6 December 2014

by Gary Owen


Droylsden were on the wrong end of this bizarre scoreline, and can only have themselves to blame for their defensive errors in a game they ought to have secured all three points from if promotion is to remain an achievable aim.  Credit to Borough, though, for making the most of their chances as The Bloods huffed and puffed without ever looking like blowing their house down.

After Sam Cook and Bevan Burey had registered shots off target for the hosts, it was Elliott Rokka who showed them how to do it, as he left three defenders in his wake to slot past the exposed Russell Saunders.

Adam Morning then forced a save from Chris Cheetham before The Bloods’ winger was tripped in the box by Danny Lambert for Ciaran Kilheeney to level matters from the spot.

Michael Monaghan had Cheetham at full stretch to turn away his effort, but the lively Chris Mason restored Borough’s lead just before the break when he latched on to a Dave Sherlock pass to coolly round Saunders and score.

With the benefit of the second half slop, Droylsden re-started the game strongly, forcing an early corner.  From the flag kick, the ball fell to Kilheeney 16 yards out and he fired low through a crowd of players to level matters again, with Cheetham probably being unsighted.

That looked like the platform from which Droylsden could proceed and win the game, but Radcliffe kept their heads up, personified by Cook who gave chase to a long punt up field and with the Droylsden defenders leaving it to each other, the Borough midfielder lobbed Saunders from fully forty yards – the ball seeming to take an age to reach the net, but no-one could stop it.

Moments later, Cook again fed Rokka who rounded Saunders to make it 4-2 with time running out for Droylsden.  However, the Bloods also – once again – saw red as Peter Dogun was dismissed for his reaction to a challenge by Cook, making their task even more daunting.

Droylsden did pull a goal back as Morning’s cross took a wicked bounce to confuse Cheetham, who could only watch the ball fly over his shoulder.  With the ten men of Droylsden pressing for an equaliser, they were always prone to the counter, and so it proved with Burey adding their fifth in added time.



Radcliffe Borough               Cheetham, Wedge, Lambert, Lafferty, Smith, Howell, Mason (Hibbert), Sherlock, Burey, Rokka (Hindle), Cook (Blake).

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