Blues denied at death by impressive Glossop

Action from Clitheroes 3-2 defeat at home to Glossop North End on Saturday					Pictures: Peter Ryan

Action from Clitheroes 3-2 defeat at home to Glossop North End on Saturday Pictures: Peter Ryan

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Clitheroe were beaten by two goals in the last five minutes on Saturday against Glossop North End at Shawbridge, as they suffered a third-successive defeat.

Charlie Russell made his debut in midfield in place of the suspended Brad Carroll, and he gave the Blues the perfect start after four minutes.

Action from Clitheroes 3-2 defeat at home to Glossop North End on Saturday					Pictures: Peter Ryan

Action from Clitheroes 3-2 defeat at home to Glossop North End on Saturday Pictures: Peter Ryan

Alex Newby’s perseverance down the left saw him pick Russell out on the edge of the area, and he drove the ball into the top corner.

Newby continued to figure prominently, though neither side could carve out any gilt-edged chances.

Midway through the first half, Robbie Bromley showed some adventure with a run and shot which went wide, before Danny Brady prevented what looked a certain goal with a magnificent tackle.

Just after the half hour, Clitheroe doubled their advantage as Dimitri Tuanzebe worked his way into the box, and although he was held up, Kurt Willoughby finished well from 15 yards.

Action from Clitheroes 3-2 defeat at home to Glossop North End on Saturday					Pictures: Peter Ryan

Action from Clitheroes 3-2 defeat at home to Glossop North End on Saturday Pictures: Peter Ryan

However, the Blues’ lead was halved before the break as Chris Thompson did well to save a fiercely-struck free kick, but the rebound was tucked away by Michael Norton.

And Glossop could have gone in level, as, a minute later, they beat the off-side trap but failed to finish, poking a glaring opening across goal.

In the second half, the visitors continued to press.

Clitheroe were thankful to see another chance squandered after being caught out by a long ball, before Thompson made another smart save, with the follow up ballooned over as the goal gaped.

Macauley Harewood went close with a firm strike following a rare foray forward, while Ollie Stirzaker brought down a long ball, turned and shot just wide.

However, five minutes from time, Nicky Platt ghosted across the box and slammed in the equaliser.

And two minutes later, a mix up between Brady and Thompson was punished as Jamie Rainford snatched a winner.

Clitheroe: Thompson, Harewood (Tserpes), Bromley, Rowlands, Brady (c), Stirzaker, Russell, Knox (Mitchell), Willoughby, Newby, Tuanzebe (Bryant).