Clitheroe boss demands more following FA Trophy exit!

Clitheroe's Alexander Nwachukwu in action against Stocksbridge Park Steels at the weekend
Clitheroe's Alexander Nwachukwu in action against Stocksbridge Park Steels at the weekend

Blues boss Simon Garner insists his side need to improve if they’re to avoid becoming New Mills’ first victims of the season.

Clitheroe travel to Church Lane on Saturday to take on a Millers outfit that have yet to pick up a point this term.

We were poor and we looked like a different team to what we have been in other parts of the season

Simon Garner

However, the Blues go in to the Evo-Stik First Division North fixture having lost four of their last six outings in all competitions.

“We don’t want to be the first team to give them a result but we can’t just go there and expect to win,” he said. “In theory, on paper, we should win but we need to pick our performance levels up.

“There will come a time when they win a game so we need to make sure that it’s not this weekend.

“There’s no guarantees in football. They are conceding a lot of goals and losing a lot of games but they’ll want to address that so we need to be professional about it.

“You need to approach games in the same way no what who you are playing. You need the same attitude.

“We’re sixth though and there’s a lot we can improve on. It’s frustrating that we’re losing games and we can’t get that consistency but we’re in a decent position and we know we can do better. There’s a good platform to build on.”

The latest loss was at the hands of Stocksbridge Park Steels in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy at Shawbridge. The away side’s new signing Scott Ruthven converted in the first half when beating Roberto Bonaminio to a loose ball but Scott Bakkor levelled just before the interval from Louis Mayers’s delivery.

Rory Coleman’s deflected free kick restored the lead for the visitors, who held on to their lead despite seeing Richard Patterson sent off.

“We were poor and we looked like a different team to what we have been in other parts of the season,” said Garner. “You can’t afford to drop your standards because you’ll get punished and that’s exactly what happened.

“They deserved the result and worked hard for it. They played with 10 men for about 25 minutes but we weren’t able to capitalise on that.

“I can’t put my finger on what went wrong. We’re just not showing the same levels of effort and application.”