After watching the season fizzle out, Blues boss Simon Garner is eager to push towards a competitive finish next term.
Clitheroe have picked up just four points in eight games with the added affliction of an LFA Challenge Trophy final loss.
I want us to have something to play for at this stage next yearSimon Garner
Watched on by former Manchester United pair Gary Neville and Paul Scholes at the weekend the Blues lost 2-1 against title contenders Salford City at Moor Lane.
Former Watford, Sheffield United and Accrington Stanley striker Danny Webber opened the scoring in the 18th minute before Hapton’s Gareth Seddon, formerly of Bury, doubled the advantage for the hosts from the penalty spot in the 25th minute. After the break Joey Mullen responded for the visitors with 20 minutes remaining.
And, according to Garner, the less said about the drab goalless stalemate against Farsley AFC at Shawbridge the better.
“We’ve tried our best to halt this run and we didn’t want to finish the way we have. Unfortunately the players haven’t had anything to play for and the season has fizzled out.
“The Farsley game was like a pre-season friendly. It wasn’t nice and I wasn’t happy with it at all. We’ve had a good season but it’s a shame about the way we’ve finished it. We picked up a point and kept a clean sheet but they were the only positives.
“Both teams played like they were already on holiday. They were just playing out the season. It just makes me want to succeed next season though. I want us to have something to play for at this stage next year.”
And Garner believes that the capture of striker Sefton Gonzales on a two-year deal is a signal of such intent.
“It’s massive,” he said. “I’ve got to thank the club for backing us but he deserves it.
“It’s a great signing and he’s only one goal away from 20 after playing about three-quarters of the season. If he can repeat that form next season and continue to improve then he’ll be a huge asset for us.
“It is a statement of intent that will help us attract better players in the summer and convince current players to stay on board.”