Preview: League Leaders Radcliffe in Town for big match.


Leek Town welcome First Division West league leaders Radcliffe FC to Harrison Park for a promotion six-pointer tomorrow afternoon.

The Blues sit just outside the playoff places following last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Ramsbottom United, while the Boro are leading the pack for promotion following Saturday’s 4-0 win over Newcastle Town.

Opposition manager
In charge of Radcliffe is Jon Macken, a name that might be familiar to people who watched the Premier League between 2002-2005 as he was at Manchester City.

He is most famously remembered for scoring the winner in City’s win at Tottenham in the FA Cup back in 2004 when they came back from 3-0 down to win 4-3 at White Hart Lane. He since went onto play for Crystal Palace and Derby County in the Premier League.

He is assisted by Frank Sinclair, who also played in the Premier League with Chelsea and Leicester City among others. He has previously managed Colwyn Bay and Hednesford Town before joining the Greater Manchester-based club.

Top Scorers
Despite being league leaders in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division West, Radcliffe aren’t the divisions top scorers having netted 48 times in the league.

The honour of top scorers goes to second place Atherton Collieries who have scored 53 goals this along with Prescot Cables.

While Radcliffe sits 2nd, Leek sits 3rd with 45 goals.

Top scorer for Radcliffe this season is Tunde Owolabi who has netted 15 league goals, just three behind Chris Almond (Prescot Cables) who is top scorer with 18 goals.

Owolabi has also netted two hat-tricks this season against Clitheroe and Trafford.

Fellow Radcliffe forward Ben Wharton has 11 goals in the league this season, a number he shares with Rob Stevenson of Leek. While Aaron Bott makes the top 10 scorers with nine goals, two of which were for Newcastle Town.

Thou shall not pass
It’s not enough scoring goals but it’s important to keep them out as well and both teams have excellent defensive records.

Both teams have been beaten just 16 times this season in the league while Radcliffe has kept nine clean sheets. Leek has seven.

Recent form (last five games, the most recent game first)
Leek Town: DWDWW
Radcliffe FC: WWLWW

You can hear full commentary of the match on the Saturday Sports show from 2 pm on Moorlands Radio.