Clitheroe boss aiming for nine wins

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AFTER missing out on one transfer target, Blues boss Paul Moore is hopeful of adding a final piece to his puzzle before the end of the month.

Following the captures of Adam Birchall, Dean Canning and Isaac Kusaloka, it had been Moore’s intent to land Blackburn Rovers youngster Curtis Haley on loan.

Alex Coleman clears the danger.

Alex Coleman clears the danger.

However, with the striker opting to join Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit Chorley, Moore has set his sights on one last transfer target.

“He’s signed for Chorley,” said Moore.

“The club was over the moon at getting him so we were disappointed to miss out.

“I’ve hopefully got one lad coming in at the end of the month.

“He’s already expressed a desire to join us.

“He will be the last piece of the puzzle because I’m happy with what we’ve got.

“He’s a quick forward, a very good player, so I’d be happy with my recruitments after that.

“He’s played at a higher level so he’s got that pedigree we’re looking for.

“We will then see the rest of the season out with what we’ve got.

“We need to keep that consistency within the squad and settle back down.

“That’s why we did so well at the start of the season.”

The weather once again wreaked havoc with the weekend fixtures, forcing the postponement of Clitheroe’s clash with Ossett Albion.

However, Moore insists his squad have been working hard to keep themselves in peak physical fitness in preparation for the next fixture that survives the ‘big freeze’.

“This weather isn’t good for sport, and it can be a nightmare for a manager,” he declared.

“We’ve been training to maintain match fitness levels but it’s completely different to match play.

“But we’ll be alright, we’ll get through it and we’ll be prepared for when we do play again.

“You’ve just got to work with what’s at your disposal.”

The Blues are scheduled to face Radcliffe Borough at Stainton Park on Saturday, a ground they’ve already won at twice this campaign.

Following a 2-2 draw with Boro at Shawbridge in the FA Cup preliminary round, the Blues went on to win 1-0 in the replay.

Moore’s side then edged a nine-goal thriller in the Doodson Cup in November.

“We thought, with them struggling in the table, we’d have beaten them at home but we lost 3-0,” Moore said.

“We like playing on each other’s pitches. Maybe we should swap grounds.

“We’ve already played them four times this season and beat them in an FA Cup replay and then 5-4 in the Doodson Cup.

“I’d like to think we can go there and get something, especially now with the two new lads in.

“I’d be very disappointed if we didn’t get anything.”

Moore added: “I doubt the game will be on; it’ll be like a monsoon once the snow melts.

“If that fixture doesn’t go ahead then I’m going to book Accrington Youth Academy to play a friendly on the 3G playing surface.

“The game will be played behind closed doors but it’s a run out to get some air in to the lungs.

“I think I’ll have plenty of takers, it’ll be like a stampede.

“I might arrange another friendly for Tuesday evening as well in preparation for the game with Bamber Bridge.”

Clitheroe are currently fourth in the First Division North hierarchy and Moore is confident that nine more wins will consolidate a play-off spot: “We’re targeting nine more wins now from 17 games to reach the play-offs.

“I think 70 points will be enough so we’ll see.”

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