PREVIEW Glossop North End v Radcliffe Borough
Thursday 12th October 2017 11:10 Previews Sports Posted by Adam Higgins

Glossop North End will be looking to keep up the pressure on the top two when returning to league action against strugglers Radcliffe Borough this weekend (kick-off 15:00 BST).

The in-form Hillmen are unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions, winning six and drawing 1-1 with Atherton Collieries.

They also made progress in the FA Trophy last weekend with a 2-0 win at Tadcaster Albion as Chris Baguley scored one and set up an own goal to book a first qualifying round tie against Matlock Town on October 28.

In a busy month of cup action, Paul Phillips and Steve Halford’s men will be hoping to record another three points in the Evo-Stik First Division North to maintain their pursuit in the promotion race and consolidate their position in the top five.

Glossop are seeking a fourth successive home league win since a goalless draw with local rivals Hyde United but, of concern to the Hillmen might be the fact they have not kept a clean sheet in any competition since that gameĀ at the end of August.

North End currently find themselves third in the table, six points behind Bamber Bridge who occupy top spot and four points adrift of second-placed South Shields. They have two games in hand on the leaders but South Shields have played one match fewer.

Glossop’s match against Scarborough Athletic, who are fourth at present, at Surrey Street has been re-arranged for Tuesday, October 31, after being postponed last week due to the Seadogs’ FA Cup replay.

North End winger Jude Oyibo is expected to be involved after turning out for Grimsby Town Reserves as a trialist in a game against Mansfield Town Reserves on Tuesday.

In contrast, Radcliffe Borough are struggling at the bottom end of the table and sit in 18th place, with nine points from their 10 league games so far.

The Lancashire outfit have won five of their 17 matches in all competitions this term – three in the league and two in the cup – and have only kept one clean sheet, in a 3-0 success at Burscough in an FA Cup preliminary round tie in August.

It took Boro six games to earn their first three points in September – a 3-2 victory at home to Glossop’s last opponents Tadcaster on September 9.

They have also thrashed Skelmersdale 4-1 at Taurus Park and won 3-2 at Kendal Town, who knocked them out of the FA Trophy last weekend.

Boro will be hoping to avoid a third successive defeat on their travels in the space of a week, following their Manchester Premier Cup exit on Tuesday night as a result of their 1-0 defeat at Hyde United – their second loss at Ewen Fields this term, having also ended up on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline there last month in the league.

But they will take some encouragement from their last visit to Surrey Street back in February as Radcliffe, who have been in the eighth tier of English football since 2007-08, came away with a 4-2 victory which aided their bid to secure survival once again. Glossop then won 2-1 at Taurus Park a month later.

Boro are embarking on the start of a new era, with new stadium and shirt sponsors, and they will be known as Radcliffe Football Club from next season, dropping Borough from its title after 68 years.

The club have also a new training ground at Cams Lane and are taking on ex-professionals and young players looking for a way back into the game, a new venture which is seen as being revolutionary in non-league football.

The new direction undertaken by chairman Paul Hilton also saw the high-profile appointment of former Preston, Manchester City, Barnsley and Derby County striker Jon Macken as manager last month to replace Joe Gibbons after their FA Cup exit and six straight league defeats at the start of the campaign.

Seen as a “real coup” for Boro, Macken’s arrival hasn’t quite seen a revival in form just yet, with two wins and two defeats from his four games in charge, but his experience may go a long way to turning the club’s fortunes around.