Clitheroe boss Smith: We gave it away

DEVASTATED Clitheroe boss Pete Smith has spoke of his disappointment after his side threw away a three-goal lead at home to Cammell Laird on Saturday.

The Blues were 3-0 up via goals from Alex Brees, Darren Green and Jason Jones. But with 10 minutes remaining, the away side were gifted a way back into the game.

Clitheroe keeper Danny McDonald made two howlers and another lapse of concentration from the Clitheroe defence resulted in a 3-3 draw.

Smith said: "It's obviously a huge disappointment after being three goals ahead with 10 minutes remaining. You expect your side to see it through, but we allowed them back into it. Our keeper's made two howlers which have cost us the game."

"We've got young lads and you have to be patient because mistakes do happen sometimes. I will be looking to strengthen the team in the near future."

It was a missed opportunity for the side to pick up maximum points after suffering four successive defeats prior to the game.

The Blues now face three tough away fixtures and Smith believes his side need to gain points from each game to stay in play-off contention in the Evo-Stik Division One North table.

"We've got three very tough fixtures against Skelmersdale, Wakefield and Curzon, and if we want to stay in contention for the play-offs then we need to try to get something from each game. They are all very difficult games."

Skelmersdale and Curzon Ashton sit sixth and fourth respectively, with Clitheroe sandwiched between the two teams.

The Blues have played a few more games than the teams around them, but Smith believes this won't be a disadvantage to his side.

"Yes, we've played a few more games than other teams," he said.

"But I feel that puts pressure on them to keep winning.

"So it's not too much of a disadvantage for us."