MATCH PREVIEW: City vs Radcliffe

City are in cup action this Tuesday evening when they welcome Radcliffe Borough to the Giant Axe in the Lancashire Cup.

The Dolly Blues will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s heart wrenching loss to FC United of Manchester in the league. City conceded in the last kick of the game to lose the match 3-2 after battling well to bring the game back from 2-0 down.

Now attention is turned to Tuesday night when we welcome in form side Radcliffe Borough.

The Boro currently sit in 5th place in the Northern Premier League, three places and five points behind City.

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With City losing their last two games, it is the visitors who come into this game in better form.

The Dollies’ last victory came in the league when we beat Scarborough 1-0 away from home.

Since then, City suffered a 2-1 loss at home to Stourbridge in the FA Trophy, followed by a sickening defeat against FC United of Manchester.

Meanwhile the hosts come into this fixture on a five-match winning streak, with all five victories coming in the league.

The Boro have scored seven goals in their last three games, winning their two most recent games by three goals to nil. They also beat Stalybridge 1-0 at home.

City’s most recent results:
FC United of Manchester 3-2 City – 30/11/19 (League)
City 1-2 Stourbridge – 23/11/19 (FA Trophy)
Scarborough 0-1 City – 16/11/19 (League)

Radcliffe Borough’s most recent results:
Ashton United 0-3 Radcliffe – 30/11/19 (League)
Radcliffe 3-0 Basford – 23/11/19 (League)
Mickleover 0-1 Radcliffe – 16/11/19 (League)

Ones to Watch
Kieran Feeney made a great impact when he came on as a substitute at the weekend. His rapid pace and quick feet allowed the forward to get into dangerous positions. Feeney also contributed to City’s equaliser on Saturday. He crossed the ball towards the far post, where it was headed into the path of Nialle Rodney, who beat the keeper to get City level.

Paul Dawson put on a gritty performance in Manchester. He was never afraid to get stuck in and made challenges all across midfield. The hard-hitting midfielder showed a lot of passion as he has done all season, and he’ll be looking to continue his aggressive style on Tuesday night.

Sam Ashton added to his catalogue of top class save on Saturday despite conceding three times. City’s keeper was crucial in the second half, pulling off some crucial stops to keep The Dollies in the game.

Graham Lancashire will be hoping to galvanise his players with a win on Tuesday night, as City will be looking to get back to winning ways both in cup competitions and in the league.

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By Adam Smith

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