Team of the month: Radclyffe AFC 1st

Radclyffe AFC 1st are the team of the month for March after an undefeated run that has the team fighting on three fronts.

There was really only one candidate in the running after a month which saw Radcylffe’s dreams of an historic treble kept alive by pulling off giant-killing acts in the Wray Cup and Rhodes Cup semi-finals.

In the Wray Cup semi-final, Radclyffe came from behind to beat Division 2 Urmston Town First 2-1.

But it was the Rhodes Cup that sent shockwaves through the L&C AFL, as Radclyffe – on course for promotion from Division 3 – put four past premier division championship chasers, Rochdalians AFC First, on their way to a 4-2 win.

It capped off a hugely successful month for the side; in five outings in league and cup, Radclyffe won four times, racking up 12 goals in that time, before ending the month with a hard-fought goalless draw in a top-of-the-table clash with division 3 league leaders Dukinfield Athletic AFC.

It means Radclyffe are 16 points behind the league leaders. However, it’s not a surprise that their cup exploits mean they have games in hand.

Rob Holden’s side are just one point behind second-place Stoconians AFC 2nds, but with five games in hand, will fancy their chances of a second successive promotion.

But a league championship for the second year on the bounce is what is driving Radcylffe. They have seven games in hand over Dukinfield Athletic, so the treble is very much on.

March’s performances have made it possible and is just part of a meteoric rise of a club that has existed for less than two years.

Rob Holden, said his players have had a remarkable season, which is very much the product of a team effort.

He said: “Whatever happens until the end of the season, to achieve what we have is remarkable. The players have been unbelievable this year.

“The players, board and people who have supported and believed in us have helped us get this far in a short space of time.”

Radclyffe will play Salford Vic or Parrswood Celtic in the Rhodes Cup final on 9th May, while the first part of the club’s treble chase will be decided on 16th April, with Village Manchester the opposition in the Wray Cup final.