RADCLIFFE got back to winning ways with a comprehensive 3-1 win against Glossop North End at Surrey Street.

Goals from Aaron Burns, Scott Metcalfe and Tunde Owolabi gave the visitors a win that means Boro still sit third but have closed the gap behind leaders Atherton Collieries and Runcorn Linnets, who both drew.

Jon Macken’s men started the brighter of the two sides. New signing Burns had the best of the opportunities in the opening stages but his strike was saved by Russell Saunders in the Glossop goal.

The Hillmen struck the post through Jack Tuohy on 28 minutes and, just moments later, the away side took the lead when Burns broke clear of the Glossop defence and produced a smart finish.

Top goalscorer Owolabi then had a goal ruled out by the referee for a push on a defender.

The hosts nearly drew level shortly after the break, Ollie Martin having to scramble to make a save after his clearance was returned into the danger area.

After Boro’s Rick Smith squandered a six-yard chance to double their lead Metcalfe fired in on the hour mark, a fierce volley from close range giving him his third goal in four appearances.

It took Radcliffe just three minutes to make the score 3-0, when Owolabi smashed home after some good work in the 18-yard box.

Boro looked to be in control towards the end despite Mason Duffy heading home late on and the three points they brought back means they sit comfortably in third place, ahead of huge games against Runcorn and Collieries in March.

With 10 games of the league campaign to go, the gap to Runcorn is three points, with Colls a further four in front.

Boro host Droylsden on Saturday.

Kick off at the Neuven Stadium is 3pm.