MATCH PREVIEW: Radcliffe V City

Lancaster City are back on the road again as they travel to the Neuven Stadium to face Radcliffe FC. The Dolly Blues will be aiming to cut the gap between themselves and Basford United, with the latter being three points clear.

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City will be looking to build on last week’s 2-1 victory against Warrington Town. Ending a two game winless run, the Dollies sit in 3rd place in the Northern Premier League. Mark Fell’s men will be aiming to pluck a few good results together to cement their play-off place, with teams around them having games in hand.

Looking at the form tables, City have the third best away form in the NPL. However, their most recent away trip resulted in the Dollies coming away with nothing, after a 1-0 defeat to Ashton United.

City’s last three results:

City 2-1 Warrington Town- 1/2/20 (Northern Premier League)

Ashton United 1-0 City- 25/1/20 (Northern Premier League)

City 1-2 South Shields- 18/1/20 (Northern Premier League)


The home side come into this game in dreadful form. Despite sitting in mid-table, The Boro are winless in their last nine league games, losing eight of these matches. Radcliffe’s most recent fixture saw the Greater Manchester side succumb to a 4-0 away defeat to Matlock Town.

After only collecting one point from a possible 15, Radcliffe sit rock bottom of the league’s form guide. However, interim managers Garry Vaughan and Darren Lyons have brought in several new recruits, including former Oldham Athletic midfielder, Callum Dolan.

Radcliffe’s last three results:

Matlock Town 4-0 Radcliffe- 4/2/20 (Northern Premier League)

Morpeth 3-1 Radcliffe- 1/2/20 (Northern Premier League)

Bamber Bridge 2-1 Radcliffe- 25/2/20 (Northern Premier League)

One to watch:

Charlie Bailey- Arguably City’s most standout performer in recent weeks. His two goals last week ensured the Dolly Blues took all three points. Bailey can play in numerous positions with his pace and high work rate driving City forward when they attack. Performing consistently well recently, Bailey should be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Radcliffe FC V City will kick off at 3pm on Saturday 8th February at the Neuven Stadium. Make sure to go and support the boys as they aim to make it back-to-back league victories.


Match Preview by Ben Rooth.