RADCLIFFE FC chairman Paul Hilton is ready to back Jon Macken in the transfer market following the new manager’s impressive start.

Boro extended their unbeaten run in Evo-Stik North to six matches with a 1-1 draw at Goole on Saturday.

Since Macken was appointed, the club have lost just one of eight league games, after starting the campaign with six defeats in seven under previous boss Joe Gibbons.

“I am more than happy with the job Jon is doing alongside his assistant, Frank Sinclair,” said Hilton.

“To go from losing six of our first seven to being six unbeaten tells its own story.

“The results are one thing but the football they are playing is excellent as well.

“What is remarkable is that they have done it with largely the same group of players. It just goes to show the difference high-quality coaching can make.”

But while Radcliffe have become harder to beat under Macken, they remain 18th in the table after drawing their last three games.

Now Hilton wants to support his manager by helping him to reshape the squad.

“Jon has given every player the chance to show him what they can do,” he said.

“This first phase has been about assessing the strength of the squad. We now have irons in the fire to bring in a bit more quality, starting with bringing in support for Jon’s main signing so far, James Hooper, who has been superb up front.

“Saying that, Kurt Sherlock coming back has been like making a new signing.”

The forward returned from 10-weeks out with a broken wrist at Goole but was sent off late in the game,

He will now miss Boro’s next three matches – at home to Brighouse on Saturday and away to Colne and Atherton Collieries.

Meanwhile, the club’s improvements off the pitch have been rewarded with a nomination for the national Club Mirror Awards, which highlights the best social clubs across the country.