Radcliffe Borough made the trip to local side Droylsden for their last match of the season knowing that the team were now safe from relegation. This gave Manager Danny Johnson a chance to rest players (Hindle, Landregan, and Burey) and give others a chance who had not featured in previous games. With Matt Davies starting his suspension, Martyn Jackson (midfield) and Danny McLoughlin (forward) played from the start and history being made with two Boro academy players (Ben Oldroyd and Adam Henshall) being given their semi-professional debuts during the game. A big thank you must go to Manager Danny Johnson and his assistant Wayne Goodison who have worked tremendously hard in the last 7 weeks to steer the club from relegation.
Half Time: Droylsden 2 Radcliffe Borough 1
Borough kick-off for the second half of the game and were given an early free kick. Droylsden missed further chances to go further ahead but Boro replied with efforts from Boro`s Rokka and Jackson. Boro`s man-of-the-match Ric Smith was having an excellent game in midfield and a pass to Lambert saw the ball goal over the bar. At the other end it was more misery for Boro who conceded another goal on 64 mins with Kilheeney scoring his 2nd goal of the game to put Droylsden ahead by 3 goals to 1.
On 70 mins of the game, history was made when Ben Oldroyd became the first Radcliffe Borough academy player to be given his semi-professional replacing Danny McLoughlin. He slotted in well and made some useful contributions in the game. At the stage Manager Danny Johnson also made another substitution replacing Knowles with McMahon. On 80 mins Boro were awarded a penalty which Smith calmly slotted into the back of the Droylsden net (picture insert) reducing the deficit to three goals to two in Droylsden`s favour. On 83 mins another Boro substitution saw Boro`s second academy player Adam Henshall given his semi-professional debut replacing Jackson. He too, made some excellent contributions to the remaining minutes of the game slotting well into midfield. Droylsden`s Kilheeney completed his hat-trick on 86 mins and despite efforts from Sam McMahon the game finished 4 – 2 in Droylsden`s favour.
Final Score: Droylsden 4 Radcliffe Borough 2
Boro`s man-of-the-match: For an excellent performance in midfield – Ric Smith
Radcliffe Borough Team: Cheetham Knowles (McMahon 70) Lambert Lafferty McGrath Smith Beadle Jackson (Henshaw 83) Foster McLoughlin (Oldroyd 70) Rokka Subs not used: Brown Woods
POST MATCH ANALYSIS: With Boro safe in the Division 1 evostik league for next season, this gave manager Danny Johnson a chance to play players not featured in previous games. While Boro where a shadow of themselves compared to previous games it also enabled history to be made by introducing Boro`s two academy players for their semi-professional debuts and how proud we all were that this had taken place. With this season now finished, the management have the summer to regroup and put together a team which could certainly make other teams in the league sit-up and take notice as we have done in the previous 3 games.