RADCLIFFE lost ground in the race for the title, with their second defeat in a row.

After scoring the first goal Boro lost 4-3 to visitors Mossley, Michael Fish scoring the winner 20 minutes from time.

Lewis Lacy hit the opener on seven minutes, heading home from an Elliot Rokka corner, but two Max Leonard strikes either side of the break put Mossley in front.

Lacy turned the ball into his own net, a free kick deflecting off him and into Ollie Martin’s goal for their third early in the second half.

The game looked to be back on as Ben Wharton’s magnificent chip caught the keeper off guard to make it 3-2.

And the madness continued when Tunde Owolabi got his name on the scoresheet.

To cap a thrilling 10-minute spell Owolabi rounded the Mossley goalkeeper to level up the game at 3-3.

It simply was not to be Radcliffe’s day, though, as Fish found himself unmarked in the middle of the box to poke home what turned out to be the winner.

Jon Macken’s men face a trip to Prescot Cables this weekend after losing their second match on the bounce.

“We’re a victim of our own success in the game,” said Macken. “We were keeping the ball and controlling the game but we just shut off and allowed them back in the game.

“And to be fair to them they scored some good goals and they wanted it more than us today, which is bitterly disappointing.

“As a group, as a team, we’ve been fantastic in games this season and one thing I can say is there is a drive and desire to go and win games and see games out, but they wanted it more today.

“Teams will keep wanting to knock us off our perch but you have to take it.

“Leaders and winners put the performances in week in, week out.”