Clitheroe boss Garner welcomes new recruits

Simon Nangle keeps the ball under control.
Simon Nangle keeps the ball under control.

Blues boss Simon Garner has bolstered his squad as he looks to record a first win in five.

Danny Mort, Oliver McClean and former player Simon Nangle have all linked up with Clitheroe in the past few days.

Garner is especially hoping the return of fan favourite Nangle will help him concentrate more on the management side of things in the coming weeks.

“Simon’s a midfielder like me and I’m hoping this means I will be able to watch a few more games from the sidelines. I’ve played in every game since I came apart from one, when I was banned, and it can be difficult. I was going to leave myself out of the last squad before it got called off and it’s something I’ll be doing in the next few weeks.

“Simon actually left around the same time the last manager went so I only saw him in one game. He was vice captain at the time I believe and I’ve heard a lot of good things about him. He’s a popular lad and his experience is going to be invaluable to the team.

“Danny is a 17-year-old forward and Oli is an attacking midfielder. They both play for Hurst Green and I’m hoping it’s the start of an affiliation with the club. We have numbers, just not in specific positions so it’ll be a big help. ”

Clitheroe’s game away at Wakefield was called off at the weekend meaning the Blues must wait until Saturday, February 15th, before their next match, at home to New Mills.

“Results haven’t been good enough lately,”admitted Garner. “Against Ramsbottom we did show some improvement and there were plenty of positives to take from the game.

“We took the lead twice in that game though. We need to start playing for the full 90 minutes and not just for 20 minute patches.

“We conceded straight after scoring as well so we need to work on our concentration.

“They are a great set of lads and there is no lack of effort, we just need a bit of experience, which is hopefully what somebody like Simon will bring us.”