22/23 Match Preview: Radcliffe

The Lions will look to claim all three points this time around, as they face Radcliffe FC at Nethermoor Park on Saturday afternoon in a 3pm kick-off, writes Harry Ware.

Match sponsored by: Murgatroyds | Match ball sponsor: N.Charlton

Tickets will be on sale on the day at the turnstiles with payment by cash or card. Turnstile 3 will accept card payments only and all other turnstiles will be cash only.

It is also cash payments only inside the ground for programmes and 50/50 cash draw tickets. Food and drink from The Lions’ Diner and clubhouse food servery can be paid for by cash or card and the clubhouse accepts and prefers payment by card.

Unaccompanied U21s must have a season ticket or youth membership to attend the game following recent changes to our Ground Regulations, these can be purchased online now. Entry for U21s is via turnstiles 1 and 2 only.

Tickets are priced at £12 adults, £8 concessions/students/registered disabled, U18’s £5 and accompanied U11’s £1.

Previous Meetings

A brace by now retired Jem Karacan helped Radcliffe on their way to a 4-2 victory over Guiseley in November. Richard Smith and Jude Oyibo added to Karacan’s two goals on their way to three points.

Adam Haw and Joe Ackroyd scored what would be consolation goals at the Neuven Stadium.

That was the only time in recently history that the two sides have met, with Radcliffe visiting Nethermoor for the first time in in a long time at the weekend.

The Lions will be looking for a better result this time around compared to the reverse fixture.

The Lions’ Form Book

Despite four clean sheets in a row, Lions boss Paul Phillips was disappointed that his side could not pick up three points against Lancaster City and Warrington Town in their last two games.  

The Lions have lost just once at home since November and will be hoping to use that to their advantage against Radcliffe on Saturday afternoon.  

Phillips’ side currently sit 9th in the Nothern Premier Division, just one point outside the play-off spots and four points off Saturday’s opponents.

A Look At Radcliffe

The Boro have had a brilliant season so far under boss Bobby Grant, with Saturday’s visitors currently sat in 3rd place in the Northern Premier Division.  

Grant’s side have not lost so far in 2023, with their last defeat coming on boxing day against Warrington Rylands.  

Since then, Radcliffe have won six of their last eight games, with the other two games ending in draws.

A 2-0 victory at home to Bamber Bridge last time out means Radcliffe will look to extend their unbeaten run at Nethermoor at the weekend.  

Top scorer Luca Navarro will be looking to add to his nine goals this campaign. The striker bagged a brace against Ashton United two weeks in their last away game, which ended in a 2-1 victory for the Boro. 

A Look At The Lions

Paul Phillips was without the services of Lewis Whitham, Jake Cassidy, George Smith and Andy Kellett on Tuesday, with the four players being potential doubt ahead of Saturday’s game.   

Mark Lees made his first start for the club against Lancaster and could be in contention to continue in Phillips’ starting eleven.  

Academy midfielder Oliwier Grzelak got his senior debut in the draw and could be involved again.  

The Lions will be hoping to have one or two of the injured four back for the clash with Radcliffe but can look to Spencer Harris who has recovered from injury to feature on the bench in the last five games. 

What Are They Saying?

Paul Phillips spoke to us after the game against Lancaster City on Tuesday night:  

“If it was not for Cam (Mason) we lose the game. We’ve had three guilt-edge chance in the first half, that were no more than five yards out.  

“We’re relying on individuals, and as you have seen tonight those individuals have been carrying us for the last few weeks and that cannot be the case, it was poor

We need to regroup and have a look at things” – Paul Phillips

“It was a little unbalanced in midfield with the players we’ve got but I still expect more with the experience we have got in there.  

“I thought it took too long to work out what we needed to do to win the game, and when we did we looked the better team, but that is not good at all. 

“I feel sorry for the supporters who came through the gate. 

“You’ve got to win games like that if you want to get out of this league.” 

Ahead of the next few games, Phillips stated that his side need to do better:  

“If we play like that we’ll get nothing out of them. We need to regroup, have a look at things, maybe bring one or two players in. 

“We need to make sure we do the right things come Saturday.”  

Tickets for the game with Radcliffe can only be purchased at the turnstiles on the day. Don’t forget to pick up a matchday programme for just £3, it is packed full with exclusive content with what you will find inside detailled here.

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