Clitheroe beat the weather and Goole at Shawbridge on Saturday.
Torrential rain and snow put paid to the majority of games in the area, but the Blues managed to get the game on, and took full advantage to claim a third win in four outings.
The three points took Clitheroe to 10th in the Evo-Stik First Division North table, eight points off top spot.
Simon Haworth’s men took time to click into gear, but eventually finished comvincing winners.
Chances were few and far between in the opening half hour, with Clitheroe’s best sight of goal being a shot from Charlie Russell following a neat layoff from Mitch Bryant.
Brad Carroll had to be alert to clear off the line as Goole threatened after 30 minutes, and shortly after, as skipper Danny Brady ushered a visiting forward out of the area, who went to ground, the away fans screamed for a penalty.
The referee ignored the appeals, however, and Clitheroe rode out the brief spell of Goole pressure.
Just before the break, Brady might have put the Blues ahead from Russell’s deep free kick, but couldn’t generate enough power in his header.
In the second half, Clitheroe dominated from the off.
Brady put the Blues ahead five minutes after the restart, from an inswinging Russell corner, and just before the hour, Clitheroe put daylight between themselves and Goole courtesy of Carroll.
The midfielder collected the ball on the right from Robbie Bromley, and after cutting inside, he slammed the ball past the keeper with unerring accuracy and power.
Shortly after, Carroll was again involved as he made his way to the bye-line, and his drilled low ball was agonisingly out of reach of the forwards.
Clitheroe had further openings, without crafting anything clear cut, but the points had been secured without hitting the heights.
In terms of entertainment, Haworth’s exciting side have performed better, but this was an efficient performance, putting Goole to the sword with minimal fuss.
Clitheroe travel to face Mossley on Saturday, kick-off 3 p.m.
CLITHEROE: Chris Thompson, Robbie Bromley, Gareth Roberts, Ian Rowlands, Danny Brady (c), Charlie Russell, Joe Mitchell, Brad Carroll, Mitchell Bryant, Kurt Willoughby, Dimitri Tuanzebe. Subs: Alex Newby, James Walker, Tom Williams, Ryan Cattermole, Christian Paulat-Brigg.
l On Sunday, Clitheroe Youth beat Charnock Richard 3-0 at Shawbridge with a hat-trick from Adam Bolton, capping a terrific team performance.
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