Blues boss wants to revert back to how things were

Clitheroe boss Simon Haworth. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard
Clitheroe boss Simon Haworth. Photo: Kelvin Stuttard

Blues boss Simon Haworth admits that he’ll be reverting back to the tried and tested ahead of Clitheroe’s next outing.

The former Wigan Athletic striker has conceded that change isn’t always a good thing following his attempts to put a more conservative spin on his team.

The Shawbridge side were renowned for their flair, athleticism and energy under the Welshman last term, attributes which have been tempered to an extent this season, but he’s accepted the error of his ways in a bid to get back on track.

Following defeat to Scarborough Athletic and Bank Holiday Monday’s stalemate with Kendal Town, Haworth said: “We tried to change things but it hasn’t really clicked. Something is not quite right.

“I don’t think we’ll be changing our shape so much but there may be a few changes in personnel. We’ll be reverting back to how we played last year.

“We were full of energy with a hunger to succeed and we’ve not really had that yet. We’ll go back to last year’s philosophies as quickly as possible. We’ll look to replicate that.

“We lost a few key members of the squad who brought that style and we’ve tried to replace them with a different type of player. We’ve become a bit more conservative.

“We just seem to have lost that energy, desire and pace which worked for us. That’s been the difference. We tried to go the other way but we’re reverting back.

“I’d rather admit that I got things slightly wrong. It’s not a wholesale error, we haven’t started too badly, but I’m big enough to hold my hands up.

“I can see in our performances that it’s not quite gelling so the quickest and easiest thing to do is to try and replicate last year when we were exciting to watch.”

Clitheroe are away at Kidsgrove Athletic in the FA Cup on Saturday before making the short journey to Colne on Tuesday in the Integro League Cup.