Clitheroe 3, Cammell Laird 3

CLITHEROE came into this game trying to turn their fortunes around after suffering four successive defeats. Despite this poor form, the Blues remained in a play-off position in the Evo-Stik Division One North table.

The Blues controlled the first half and deservedly took the lead through youngster Alex Brees on the stroke of half-time. The diminutive winger fired home from close range after the ball reached him just outside the six-yard box.

The home side continued to dictate play at the start of the second half and added a second when Darren Green lobbed the oncoming Cammell Laird keeper from 15 yards out. The game looked over as the Blues added a third from Jason Jones.

Joe Roberts played a sublime cross-field ball into the path of Brees, who picked out Jones and he calmly finished from 12 yards out.

The visitors looked to have scored a consolation goal with 10 minutes remaining with a decent free-kick.

Shawbridge was then stunned in the 84th minute as Laird added a second to make it a nail-biting finish. The home side failed to recover from the setback of conceding two quick goals and the away side dramatically equalised at the death.

Once again, Clitheroe conceded a free-kick midway into their own half. The ball was played into the area and headed home to make the scores level.

Another setback for the Blues in a game they would have been looking to take maximum points from.

They now face three away games in succession. Visits to sixth-placed Skelmersdale and fourth-placed Curzon Ashton will provide tough tests for the stuttering Shawbridge outfit.