Another away defeat for Clitheroe but positive signs after break

Ross Dent helps the Warrington Town keeper to his feet. Picture: Peter Ryan
Ross Dent helps the Warrington Town keeper to his feet. Picture: Peter Ryan

Clitheroe suffered a ninth-successive away defeat on Saturday at Warrington Town, as the hosts showed why there are 13 places between the sides in the table.

Warrington dominated the first period, and had the first real opening as Shaun Tuck forced Alex Palffy to turn his effort over the bar.

And Town went in front on 17 minutes when Ben Wharton turned smartly on the edge of the box and floated in a shot past Palffy.

The Blues had a great chance to level matters when on-loan Blackburn striker Jordan Preston brought down a ball over the top, but his shot lacked power, hit straight at the keeper.

But nine minutes from the break, Warrington added a second goal in spectacular fashion.

Scott Metcalfe won an aerial duel on the edge of the box, before, as the ball dropped, timing a superb scissors kick past Palffy.

And Clitheroe’s hopes of ending their dismal run on the road were extinguished within a minute of the second half, as Conor Roberts raced into the area before providing a clinical finish inside the bottom corner.

With the game effectively over, Clitheroe had a couple of half chances as they looked to give the hosts something to think about.

Substitute Bryn Potter sent a dangerous a low ball across goal, but found no-one in a red shirt able to apply the killer touch, and the ball was cleared.

Fellow sub Andrew Eaton then crashed a volley over from the edge of the area.

The Blues responded well in the second half, and Eaton continue to catch the eye as he hit the bar with a left-footed strike from distance, with the ball bouncing onto the line, but not over it.

At the other end, Palffy made a good reflex save to scramble a Liam Dawson header away from his goal in the last couple of minutes to keep the scoreline down to 3-0, and the Blues are away again on Saturday at Bamber Bridge..

Clitheroe: Palffy, Morton, Walker, Brady, Freeland, Nangle, Garner, Wilkin, Preston, Barker, Dent. Subs: Eaton, Potter, Collinge, Byrom, Percival.