RADCLIFFE ran out 4-0 winners against a strong Kendal Town side as striker Ben Wharton made history on the pitch.

Wharton netted a hat-trick to reach third in Boro’s all-time scoring charts, surpassing Tony Carroll and Steve Foster in the process.

Scott Metcalfe contributed the second with a stunning effort into the top corner of Joao Mendes’ goal on a fine day for Jon Macken’s men.

Boro moved to one point behind league leaders Atherton Collieries after their game was postponed, but Colls stretched the gap to four points with Monday night’s 2-1 victory over Leek Town.

Boro started the brighter at Kendal, with Kingsley Williams twice going close to finding the back of the net from corners.

The opening goal came on four minutes.Metcalfe danced his way into the Kendal box and was brought down, with Wharton calmly slotting home the resulting penalty.

Shortly after, Matt Crothers struck from long range but his effort curled into the arms of Mendes.

Boro’s lead was doubled in spectacular fashion by Metcalfe, who left Mendes stranded with his effort into the top corner.

More chances came and went but Radcliffe went into the break just two goals to the good.

Tunde Owolabi – nominated for the NPL Show Supporters’ Player of the season –replaced Williams and immediately caused Kendal problems. But it was Metcalfe who set up the third goal, slotting in Wharton who rounded the keeper and rolled in from close range.

And just minutes later Wharton completed his hat-trick, Owolabi providing the killer pass after some great work on the wing.

Boro are back on the road on Saturday when they face a trip to seventh-placed Colne.