RADCLIFFE FC's upward momentum could carry them all the way to the top of the table on Saturday.

Second-placed Boro travel to fifth-bottom Clitheroe looking to extend a run of seven straight Evo-Stik West league wins and possibly overtake leaders Runcorn Linnets who are two points above having played two more games.

It is a contrasting situation from last season when Radcliffe found themselves near the bottom of the table for most of the season and ended two places above the relegation zone.

Manager Jon Macken has masterminded the improvement in fortunes at the Neuven Stadium, and he points to the quality of players the club has recruited as a key reason.

"The team is playing very well at the moment," said the former Manchester City striker who is in his first full season in management having taking over at Radcliffe after the start of the last campaign.

"I think it's down to having a much better squad this season, and you can tell by the quality, not just on the pitch, but the increasing number of fans we're bringing to the games.

"We're playing much better football which results in bringing more fans in, which also benefits the lads greatly through their support.

"Obviously we needed to add 16 to 18 quality players to the team, and we have done that.

"We know now, when we need players to step in, we have options in all positions who can do a great job.

"Strength in depth is something that has been dramatically improved since last year, the competition to wear the shirt means all the players are fighting for their place in the team, and that is something every manager wants to have."