RADCLIFFE manager Jon Macken was full of praise for his players as they grabbed their first win of the season against Droylsden on Tuesday evening.

After first-half goals from Tyrese Sinclair, Tom Brown and Danny Mitchley (two) secured the win for Boro on the evening. Macken was delighted with his side’s energy and work rate.

“I’m pleased, especially with the first-half performance,” he said.

“I thought we started really well, and obviously the sending-off helped us to get an early goal.

“I thought we were very good in the first half. They stuck to the game plan that we set out and continued to work really hard.

“We created a lot of chances and on another day it could have been more.

“In the second half I was a little bit disappointed because I thought our

performance and energy levels dropped a little bit.

“It is always difficult against 10 men but at the end of the day they tried to create chances so there were gaps and opportunities for us – I don’t think we exploited them enough.”

Macken made several changes to his side for Tuesday’s Integro League Cup game, but it was the new signings who caught the eye of the former Manchester City striker.

“I have been very impressed,” he said. “Tyrese (Sinclair) has brought that pace and energy to us, he has quality on the ball and he is a goal scorer. Javid (Swaby-Neavin) also brings pace and power and he is a great asset to us, and Matty Hughes comes in with his leadership and experience.”

In addition to the new names at the Neuven Stadium, Macken has also signed Liam Ellis and James Hooper in his bid to improve the squad and climb the BetVictor League Premier Division table.

Macken takes his side to Bower Fold to face Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday and he vows that his side can improve even more.

“I think we have added quality to the squad and we will get better,” he added. “We still have a lot of improvement to do but we are going to get better.”