By Sam Heaney
Fleetwood dominated the early stages with Gareth Seddon and Magno Vieira having opening chances on goal.
Peter Till looked sharp in midfield following his cameo appearance at the end of Saturday’s FA Cup victory – the former York City man’s first competative football for Town since a pre-season knee injury.
The Evo Stik North side took the lead after 25 minutes against the run of play when Tom Brooks fired into the bottom left hand corner.
Matt Flynn did respond in the best way for Fleetwood but the offside flag prevented any celebration.
Town continued to build and were rewarded through Magno Vieira. The Brazilian turned his marker and fired a fierce shot past Nick Culkin.
A first half knock on the ankle required half-time stitches for Keith Briggs and Scott Brown deputised.
Seddon was again running at the Radcliffe defence but without finding thebreakthrough. Glenn Wilson supplied a number of attacking balls for both Seddon and Vieira to chase.
A scare came when Brooks went clean through on goal but the assistant raised his flag.
Stefan Cox started to stamp his presence on the game and Paul Edwards continued his good work at left back.
Till left the field for Liam Wynn and Radcliffe took the lead for a second time shortly after through James Mullineux.
Vieira’s late volley brought a dramatic reflex save from Culkin and Wynn made a useful contribution as substitute.
Seddon then hit Town’s second equaliser of the evening with a lofted ball to take the tie to penalities.
And Andy Parry won the shoot-out for Radcliffe with their final spot-kick.
TOWN: St Louis-Hamilton, Wilson, Edwards, Cavanagh, Flynn, Wassmer, Cox (Allen), Briggs (S Brown), Till (Wynn), Vieira, Seddon. Subs not used: Davies, Christensen.