RADCLIFFE Boro can put their league struggles behind them with two home cup ties this week.

Boro host Leek Town in the FA Trophy tomorrow (kick-off 3pm), before welcoming Maine Road to Stainton Park on Tuesday in the first round of the Manchester Cup.

"The FA Trophy is a very important competition for the club," said Boro boss Andy Johnston. "It is prestigious and good for the club financially.

"And, I have played in the final of the Manchester Cup three times.

"We just need to get on a run at the moment and, ideally, that would come in the league. However, we want to do well in the cup competitions and this is a great opportunity for the players to gain some confidence."

Boro could go into the game without a recognised striker with Chris Downey and Jamie Miller struggling with injury and loan signing Ian Fitzpatrick unavailable because Droylsden do not want him cup-tied.

Stephen Hill is also struggling to be fit with a thigh injury, meaning Martyn Forrest could be pressed into defensive action yet again.

Johnston added: "Things could be a lot rosier, but we are hopeful either Chris or Jamie will be fit."

Boro drew 0-0 with tomorrow's opponents Leek just six days ago, and Johnston said: "We can beat Leek on our own pitch."

Radcliffe Boro v Leek