Clitheroe assistant sets survival target

ASSISTANT BOSS: Lee Sculpher

ASSISTANT BOSS: Lee Sculpher

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FOUR more wins – that’s the target Blues assistant boss Lee Sculpher has set his players in their battle for survival.

With one win in five, Clitheroe go in to the weekend just eight points clear of relegation-threatened opponents Wakefield.

But victory at College Grove would see the Ribble Valley side sitting far more comfortably in the First Division North.

“We’ve analysed the table and we think that 40 points should be more than adequate,” said Sculpher.

“That’s easier said than done with the way that the season has gone, but I think we should be okay with four more wins. And we want them as soon as possible.”

Carl Garner’s outfit failed to distance themselves from the division’s strugglers with a 1-1 stalemateat home to Mossley.

The Blues benefitted from a Keil O’Brien own goal in the 18th minut,e but Nathan Neequaye levelled proceedings with a second-half strike.

“Conditions didn’t help either side at all,” Sculpher said. “It wasn’t the best game of football but all things considered we were relatively pleased with a point.

“They created plenty of decent chances in the opening half-hour but we probably had the best three openings of the game but didn’t take them.”

He added: “Both sides were in need of the three points to move away from the teams lower down. But we look at that as a point gained, though the result against Mossley will be put in to context after the weekend’s game against Wakefield.

“We want a minimum of four points from the two games. The positive is Mossley didn’t gain anything on us.”

Wakefield beat Clitheroe on the opening game of the season, but the Blues will hope to avenge that by compounding their opponent’s miserly form.

Ronnie Glavin’s men are on a 21-game winless run in all competitions, which includes eight consecutive league defeats.

Sculpher said: “It’s a massive game for us and we can’t afford to get beat. We can’t even contemplate that. A draw probably won’t be enough for us given the magnitude of the fixture. Nothing less than three points will do for us.

“I don’t detect any pressure among the lads.

“Some of them have never experienced being in this situation and it’s a learning curve for them. I believe they will all come out of this as a better group of players.

“You always believe you’re going to get out of it. Carl and I will do everything in our power to prevent us being dragged down.”