Blues look to cause shock

Sefton Gonzales scored twice for Clitheroe in their 6-1 win at Radcliffe Borough on Tuesday night
Sefton Gonzales scored twice for Clitheroe in their 6-1 win at Radcliffe Borough on Tuesday night

Blues boss Simon Garner believes his side’s craft and endeavour will give them every chance of causing a seismic shock in the Evo-Stik First Division North.

The former Halifax and Chorley midfielder has masterminded an incredible push for the play-offs alongside assistant Ryan Parr at Shawbridge, but modestly has attributed that success to his squad.

At Stainton Park on Tuesday, Clitheroe put six past lowly Radcliffe Borough to strengthen their position in the pursuit of a top-five finish.

Goals from Sefton Gonzales, Scott Harries and Brandon Barski gave the visitors the advantage at the interval, before Gonzales grabbed his second early in the second half.

Daniel Brady and Michael Hampson also added their names to the scoresheet to complete the rout.

It was the seventh occasion this term in all competitions that the Blues have netted five or more goals in a game.

“It was really good again,” said Garner. “It could’ve been a lot more as well so I’m really happy with it. I’m sure we’re providing value for money at the moment and we’re entertaining.

“We’re creating a lot of chances, and there has only been four games this season where we’ve been unable to find the net. We’re always scoring goals. It was good to score another six good goals midweek as well.”

The only downfall to the fixture was Richard Smith’s late consolation for the home side, as Clitheroe switched off when defending a set-piece.

While the Blues are the third most prolific club in the division with 66 goals, they’ve also shipped the sixth highest amount, having conceded 56 times.

“We’ve conceded more than we would have liked, but it’s all about the results at this stage,” Garner said. “It was disappointing because they scored with the only time they’d got in to our penalty area in the second half.

“We switched off and we were punished. There’s still room for improvement there.

“But we’re looking really solid as a unit. Everybody is working hard and putting bodies on the line to keep that resilience.”

Having climbed to eighth in the table ahead of Saturday’s trip to Shawe View where they take on Trafford, Garner added: “We’ve now got to believe that a top five finish is realistic when you look at the table.

“On paper we’re in the best position of the teams chasing the play-off spots.

“We’ve given ourselves a great platform.

“We all know that we’ve got to keep winning, but with 15 games to go we’ve given ourselves a great chance.

“We need to keep this hot streak going and we need to keep the confidence flying because it’s massive in football.

“We’ve improved a lot, and if we continue in this form then nobody will be able to stop us.”