Clitheroe boss Garner records first win

Lloyd Dean, on target  on Tuesday night, fires in a shot against Radcliffe Borough.
Lloyd Dean, on target on Tuesday night, fires in a shot against Radcliffe Borough.
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Clitheroe manager Simon Garner is not going to get carried away after his side recorded their first victory under him.

The Blues put in a solid performance as they overcame his old club Northwich Victoria 2-0 at Shawbridge on Tuesday night.

Garner (29), who just the weekend before was captaining the Northwich side, only took the Shawbridge hotseat hours before last Tuesday’s LFA Challenge Cup game with Robin Park.

He admitted it had been a whirlwind of a week but he was enjoying his first stint in management.

“I’ve never had so many contacts in my phone. There’s been a lot going on. There’s been a lot of players coming and going so it has been difficult. It’s been non-stop. I hadn’t even met the lads before the cup game. Since then we’ve managed to get two training sessions in and it’s been good.

“We’ve got a young side but they showed a lot of heart (against Northwich) and they did really well.”

Clitheroe took the lead on the stroke of half-time, a well worked move down the left culminating in a cutback to Dan Smith whose controlled finish found the bottom corner.

The Blues sealed all three points in the 80th minute as Lloyd Dean finished off a flowing counter attack move with a tidy finish.

“It was good to get a win in my first league game but we will not be getting carried away,” said Garner, who also played in the game. “We know there are going to be games where we drop points and how we react to them will be important.

“It was obviously nice to get a win against my old club, that made it all the more enjoyable. They are a good club and I have massive respect for everybody there. They were brilliant with me before and after the game.

“We’ve come in to try and improve the team and we want to try and improve that league position. I’ve been speaking to a lot of other managers and there’s definitely been a lack of sleep. Even when I got in after the Northwich game I coudln’t get to sleep because I couldn’t stop thinking about the game and everything else. I know it’ll start to settle down soon though.”

Clitheroe are away to New Mills on Saturday and Garner is expecting a tough encounter against a side just two places below them in the league.

“We will have to roll our sleeves up and dig in for that. It’s up in the hills and if it carries on raining then the pitch is going to be really heavy. We’ll be going into every game though looking for the three points.”