Radcliffe FC crashed out of the Emirates FA Cup to Runcorn Town after two late goals sent them through to the next round on a windy evening at Sandy Lane.
Goals from Kai Wallis and Joseph Holt cancelled out Ben Wharton’s first half penalty in a tight contest.
Town now go on to face Newcastle Benfield on Saturday in the First Qualifying Round at the expense of the Boro.
Runcorn had the first set of early chances, they flashed wide of the post on a couple of occasions in the opening stages. The Boro’s best early chance fell to Rick Smith but he couldn’t connect with Matty Crothers cross.
Town did have the ball in the back of the net shortly after but it was ruled out by the lines mans flag. Runcorn continued to cause Macken’s men problems as Ollie Martin had to tip over his bar moments later.
It was Radcliffe’s turn to have the better f the chances. A corner flashed across the face of goal but it couldn’t find a man to tap it home. Moments later Danny Mitchley was brought down in the box and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot.
Ben Wharton stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to put the Boro ahead. It was very nearly all square seconds later as the Boro defenders had to clear off the line to deny an equaliser.
With minutes left of the half the Boro saw an effort cannon off the crossbar denying a two goal half time lead.
Shortly after the break Smith again for the away side had a goal ruled out for offside. The Boro went on the hunt for another goal to kill the game but the home side continued in search of an equaliser.
Wharton broke away for the Boro but his lob from distance went wide of the Town goal, keeping them in the tie.
The home side finally got their goal after long spells of pressure. A cross found Kai Wallis in front of goal who headed home easily to put Town back in the tie.
The momentum was with Town in the closing stages. Four minutes into added time a failed clearance found Joseph Holt 25 yards from goal. He hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the goal leaving Martin helpless in between the sticks. A brilliant goal by all accounts gifted to home side after a defensive error.
That ended the Boro’s FA Cup hopes for another season, sending Town to the North East for a chance to get into the next round.