RADCLIFFE manager Jon Macken is looking to build on his side’s first two wins of the season.

Boro grabbed their first and second wins of the campaign, brushing Droylsden aside in the Integro League Cup and then beating Stalybridge Celtic in the BetVictor League Premier Division, netting seven goals in the process.

He was delighted to grab the first three points of the season on Saturday at Bower Fold, having finally got some reward for performances that warranted more than the two points from 12 they had previously collected.

“I’m over the moon,” he said. “Obviously it is the first win in the league, which is massively important, but I think performance-wise we have been up there.

“We’ve all seen that we have been very good, we just haven’t been finishing our chances. But, over the last two games, we have done. I’m really pleased.

“I think in the first half we sat off them a little, I think we got dragged into a little bit of a battle, playing the long ball. We were telling them get the ball down and play.

“I was really pleased with the reaction after going a goal down, we got back into the game and gave ourselves a platform to build on and I’ve got to say the second-half performance was very good, to a very high level.”

Former FC United man Harry Winter grabbed his first Boro goal at Stalybridge, a bullet header just before half time that inspired them to put in a terrific showing once they re-emerged.

And Macken – whose side moved from bottom to 18th in the table – wants to see his players have greater belief in their abilities, starting this Saturday at Grantham.

“Harry gave us a platform to build on that I was pleased with,” he added. “The lads came in at half time and they were telling us the reasons why they thought we weren’t performing or getting in behind and it was all correct.

“We just needed that extra belief in ourselves, we have a good squad.

“The competition for places is good, it’s just a little more belief from themselves to get the ball down and play, create chances and open teams up.

“In the second half they listened to us and they did that.”