Radcliffe 0 vs 4 South Shields Report
By Joseph Haslam
Ten-men a piece ends in 4-0 thrashing for Boro.
Radcliffe’s last home game of the season ended in a thumping 4-0 defeat against newly-crowned Champions South Shields in the Evo-Stik North.
By Daniel Pryer
Gavin Cogdon got the away side’s first of the night, before Rick Smith was sent off for the Boro early in the second-half.
The Mariner’s were too down to 10-men, but second-half strikes courtesy of Michael Richardson and a late double from Graeme Armstrong ended Radcliffe’s last home game in defeat.
Graham Fenton’s men had the game’s first opportunities inside 20 minutes. Three one-on-one opportunities went astray and Cogdon crashed his effort against the bar.
Two minutes later and the away side took the lead. Cogdon, this time couldn’t miss, as the number nine headed home from three-yards after a fantastic ball from Carl Finnigan.
The Boro had to make an early change as Jimmy Daniels was forced off through injury, and was replaced by Jordan Bove on 26 minutes.
It wasn’t just the rain that dampened manager Jon Macken’s hopes of a comeback. Rick Smith’s bad challenge on Cogdon saw the Blues down to 10 men, a minute into the second-half.
Richardson then found himself with space in-front of the Boro defence, as he unleashed a 20-yard strike to make it 2-0 to on 55 minutes.
Mason Fallon was then fouled by Darren Lough near the managers’ dugout, then a second yellow was brandished for the South Shields number three.
Radcliffe grew into the game after 70 minutes, and could have brought the score level, if it wasn’t for the heroics of goalkeeper Liam Connell.
Thirteen minutes later, the Mariners’ substitute Armstrong then added to make it 3-0 as he tucked home a rebound off the post.
The number 17 then added a fourth two minutes later to seal Champions status, and end the proceedings to Boro’s season at the Neuven Stadium.