Report: Radcliffe 2-2 Colls

Atherton Collieries were denied a shock win at the Neuven Stadium after two late Radcliffe goals meant it was honours even at 2-2.

Sidi Fofana and Nathan Caine both struck for the Colls while Jordan Hulme and Brad Jackson netted for the Boro.

Neither team managed to gain early control, bar an early chance for the Colls as Jordan Scanlon fizzed a low ball into the area which was deflected towards Mateusz Hewelt’s goal but kept out by the Radcliffe man.

Despite Radcliffe gradually gaining the upper hand it was the Colls who scored first. A Luke Thompson free kick was fired low into the area, a deflection taking the ball into the control of Sidi Fofana who took a touch before spinning the ball into the top right corner. A lead for Colls with just over 20 minutes on the clock.

Little was made of Radcliffe’s pressure before a ball smashed across the right hand side of the area was met by Jordan Hulme who couldn’t keep his effort on target as it flew just wide of Tom Donaghy’s far post.

As half time came and went, some astute Colls defending kept the lead intact with only one true chance for the Boro as a quick Luca Navarro jumped a sloppy Colls pass only to see his shot sail high and wide of Donaghy’s upright.

A continuation of Radcliffe pressure pulled their defence line higher and Colls capitalised. Captain Lewis Mansell made his way down the right hand side before sliding a perfect ball into the path of an on-rushing Nathan Caine who stroked the ball into the corner to double our lead with six to play.

This second awakened Radcliffe as little over three minutes later a Nicky Adams corner was turned home by Hulme who managed to get free of his marker a deftly place the ball past Donaghy in the Colls goal.

The referee signaled for eight minutes of added time but it would be in the 113th minute when a long floated ball would be flicked on by substitute Ewan Bange for Brad Jackson to hammer home a thunderous volley into the roof of the net, denying a monumental upset with the final kick.

Man of the Match: Sidi Fofana, sponsored by Paul's Workshop Supplies

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