Clitheroe boss Garner looking for old heads

Clitheroe manager Simon Garner hopes to extend the Blues' perfect home record since he took the helm
Clitheroe manager Simon Garner hopes to extend the Blues' perfect home record since he took the helm

Blues boss Simon Garner is hoping to balance the deviation between his side’s home and away form by adding some experienced heads to his squad.

While Shawbridge has proved a fortress, Clitheroe’s results on the road have failed to hit the same heights. Defeat to high-flying Farsley at Throstle Nest at the weekend meant the Blues have picked up just five points from six games on their travels during Garner’s reign.

George Conway had given the visitors the lead midway through the first half but Aiden Savory levelled before the break. And second half goals from Adam Priestley, Savory and Danny Hull secured maximum points for the Villagers.

“We were very disappointed after going 1-0 up, though we did take the lead against the run of play,” conceded Garner. “We gifted them a route back in to the game when we over-played it at the back and gave possession to their striker.

“It was probably a goal they deserved because they had all the pressure, but it would’ve been nice to go in to half-time a goal ahead. In the second half we struggled to get out of our own half. We took a bit of a pumelling for the first time really.

“They were a strong side and climbed to third after the game, but my team is very young.

“I keep saying it but they’ve probably only played a combined total of 60 games at this level, whereas the opposition was much more experienced and it showed.

“They had players who’d been around much longer and we couldn’t deal with them on the day.

“The lads know what we want from them but collectively they just weren’t at it.

“However, with a young side we know that’s going to happen every now and then. It’s something we need to address very soon but we need to find the right players to fit into the group.”

In contrast, Clitheroe have been in formidable form on home soil with a 100% record from the five games of Garner’s tenure. Now he’s hoping to add Salford City to that growing list of victims when the sides meet on Saturday, kick-off 3 p.m.

“We’ve won every game at home since I joined so we want to keep that run going,” he said. “We’ve gone three games without a win though so we certainly don’t want that sequence to be extended. We’re eager to win on Saturday and embark on another run. They’ll be a good side and there’s been a change in management which has seen them sign a lot of new players. Results have now picked up for them as a consequence.

“I expect us to win the game but we won’t be taking anything for granted. We are confident going into our home games. We’re in form at Shawbridge and we know we can compete with anybody on home soil. I’m here to win games and hopefully we’ll get that against Salford.”