Clitheroe boss Garner seeking points!

Clitheroe celebrate Liam Hutchinson's equaliser at Ossett Town on Saturday. Picture: Peter Ryan
Clitheroe celebrate Liam Hutchinson's equaliser at Ossett Town on Saturday. Picture: Peter Ryan

Blues boss Simon Garner is refusing to hide behind a smokescreen of excuses following a pointless start to the new campaign.

Defeats against Ossett Town on the opening day coupled with a disappointing loss to Bamber Bridge at Shawbridge midweek has ensured that the statistics page remains unpleasant viewing for the player/manager.

“We got done in the 92nd minute on Saturday and then we definitely deserved a point midweek,” he said. “Against Ossett Town we were looking to grab a winner and they’ve nicked it. It’s frustrating because they’d hardly been in our half.

“And against Bamber Bridge we were punished for not taking our chances. We went 2-0 down in the first half, both being poor goals to concede, but improved after the break. It was too little too late though.”

The reality is that Clitheroe have now endured eight defeats in their last 10 league outings or 16 reversals in the last 20. The club’s last point came in March in a 2-2 draw versus Cammell Laird.

“It’s like going back to last year in terms of results,” said Garner. “We’ve definitely got a stronger squad here but they’ve got to prove that with results. We’ve got to perform for 90 minutes in matches rather than dominating in patches. Losing the first two games means our form is a continuation of last season. We need to address that.

“We’re doing okay but the fact of the matter is we haven’t got any points on the board so in theory we’re in exactly the same position as last year. We had a good pre-season but we’re playing for points now and we need to get some on the board.”

Garner is fully intent on stopping the rot at the next attempt. However, the test doesn’t get any easier. The Blues entertain First Division North new boys Brighouse Town at the weekend before trying to register their first win on the road since November against Lancaster City at the Giant Axe Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday.

“Brighouse Town were promoted from the North East Counties and have won their first two games,” Garner said. “They’ll take confidence from that continuation in form. They’ve started well but we’ve got to start getting results. Lancaster City have also started with two victories so that’s another tough game.

“It’s a difficult league, it’s very competitive, but we need to put it right. We can’t think negatively. The start hasn’t been ideal but we are going in to every game confident of taking three points. I’m confident we’ll get off the mark this weekend.”