RADCLIFFE are gunning for promotion this weekend – and Jon Macken has called on the town to cheer them home.

Boro beat Ramsbottom United in the play-off semi-final on Tuesday night and are now just 90 minutes away from the Evo-Stik

Premier Division.

As The Radcliffe Times went to press, the outcome of the other semi-final between Leek Town and Colne had not been decided.

But after watching 700

jubilant supporters back his side at the Neuven Stadium in midweek, Radcliffe boss Macken hopes home advantage can again work some magic in the final.

“We have to give massive credit to the fans, they have come out and supported us over the past couple of months and they have been tremendous,” he said.

“It’s massive for the football club but it is massive for the players. Once again (against Ramsbottom) the fans were magnificent throughout, singing and encouraging the lads and it does help.

“To play at home again will give us an advantage. I think obviously playing at home you think it is more beneficial but it’s a cup

final and it is going to be a tough ask. We will give it our all.”

Although Macken did not know who he will be preparing to face in the final, the Boro boss is keen to get his players’ feet back on the floor quickly after a hugely-impressive performance against local rivals Ramsbottom.

“We don’t know who we have got on Saturday yet but we’ll be giving it our all again. This was a great night and we’ll enjoy it but we’ll be right back at it on Wednesday working on recovery and then Thursday preparing for the match.

“As we’ve done all season we will prepare right we will do our homework and prepare correctly.”

Boro are now within touching distance of a promotion Macken feels would be fully deserved.

“I think the lads have worked unbelievably hard this season,” he said. “Some of the performances have warranted being where we are.”