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Leigh RMI 1 Radcliffe Borough 0

By Matt Lawton
November 20 2002

A late goal from former Southend United striker Neil Tolson was enough to give RMI victory over resilient Unibond League opponents Radcliffe Borough in the Lancashire FA Mardsen Trophy last night.

A sparse Hilton Park crowd of 128 watched a lucklustre game with both teams not truly 100% concentrated on the game with several players ducking out of 50-50 challenges so as not to get injured.

Borough were actually slightly the better side in the first half, if better is the right word, with RMI creating very little indeed and Radcliffe only fared slightly better, only troubling goalkeeper Stuart Coburn on a couple of occasions.

RMI put more pressure on the Radcliffe goal in the second half and created a lot more chances and several times only missed the goal by a matter of inches. However, they lacked the killer touch that was finally provided by Tolson late on who fired home from 8 yards out with barely 10 minutes left on the clock. Radcliffe only slightly threatened an equaliser but just as was evident throughout the game, they didnít have the killer touch to get the ball in the net.

RMI didn't really deserve to win although neither did Radcliffe. The only real victory was for the supporters on the terraces who didn't have to be put through another 30 minutes of poor play had the game gone into extra time. The Lancashire Marsden Trophy seems to be a competition a long way behind Conference survival in Leigh's priorities.

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