A CONTINUATION of Clitheroe’s recent unbeaten run would be the ideal Christmas present for manager Carl Garner.
The Blues are now unbeaten in three following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Mossley, and Garner said that result was another good indication of how far the team has come.
“It was a dire game to be honest,” he said.
“The conditions were truly awful, and made it extremely difficult to play any kind of football.
“We defended really well the entire game though, and that was good to see.
“Marlon Broomes was excellent, and Matty Fearon had a really good debut.
“Mossley are a good side, so we were happy to come away with a point.
“There’s more of a bond there now between the players, and they’re really starting to gel together.
“We’re not exactly where we want to be yet, but we have been making big strides.”
Garner believes this Saturday’s home game against fifth-placed AFC Fylde will prove the real acid test for his players, and show exactly how much they have begun to mature as a team in recent games.
He said: “They are considered by many in the league to be the team to beat.
“They’ve got the biggest budget, the best players and are on a run of good form.
“It’s going to be a really difficult test for our young side, but I think we’re more than capable.
“It will give us a good idea about where we currently are, and that’s a good thing.
“Confidence is very high in the camp at the minute, and everybody is looking forward to what is a huge game on Saturday.”
Garner also said his lads were looking forward to a busy Christmas period, which sees them take on Lancaster City, Durham City and Harrogate Railway Athletic all in the space of eight days.
He said: “It’s a busy time but again, everybody is looking forward to it.
“There are some tough games there, but if we can come out of the Christmas period with a few points under our belt, then we’ll be more than happy.”