Clitheroe boss looking to bolster his squad

SETBACK: The Clitheroe defence fight for the ball in Saturday's 3-1 defeat at home to Radcliffe Borough
SETBACK: The Clitheroe defence fight for the ball in Saturday's 3-1 defeat at home to Radcliffe Borough

BLUES boss Paul Moore is delving into the transfer market in a bid to get Clitheroe’s season back on track.

Going into December the Shawbridge side were exceeding an average of two points per game, however, that form took a bit of a hit over the festive period following four defeats in six outings.

Moore has had to contend with the loss of leading scorer Alex Johnson, who joined Halifax Town, as well as a lengthy injury list with the likes of Lee Pugh, Daley Woods, Will James, Simon Nangle, Chris Dykes, Ollie Devenney and Danny Bell all having spent time on the sidelines.

But he’s confident of adding a trio of signatures to that of midfielder Adam Birchall, who joined from Kendal Town.

“We could have some exciting news regarding new faces in the near future,” said Moore. “There’s the possibility of three new players. We’re awaiting a phone call from Blackburn Rovers to take one player on loan, another plays in the Evo-Stik Premier Division and one has been plying his trade in the Welsh Premier League.

“They will all be major coups if we can land them without a shadow of a doubt. They’ve all got pedigree and all proven they can do the business. They are what we need going into this final leg of the campaign.

“We’ve got a great opportunity to make the top five and we don’t want to lose that.”

Moore added: “We’ve had injuries and changes and that affects everything you are doing. Your whole philosophy is altered.

“There’s quite a chunk of players been out and that makes a huge impact.

“We’re still trying to recover from the loss of AJ in the respect of getting somebody in to do the job that he did.

“We were set in our ways, playing a particular way, and it worked. At the moment we’re trying to adapt and I’m trying to rectify that.”

But Moore is refusing to strike the panic button after watching his players demolish any expectation that had been placed on them by the club. Clitheroe remain nestled in the Evo-Stik

First Division North play-off spots, courtesy of their spectacular form over the first half of the campaign, and Moore is confident his side can get back on course.

“The results haven’t been particularly bright recently but you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth,” he said. “Over the course of a season you’re bound to lose games, we just need to get back on target.

“We’re hoping for an average of two points per game and we’re currently six points off that target so we’re well on course to achieve that.

“We’ve been beat six times all season which is great compared to last year. The defeats seem more extreme because they’ve all come at once. If they’d have been spread out then nobody would be talking about them.

“It’s because we had a phenomenal start to the season that things seem worse than they are. Things turn quickly but I’d rather be where we are in the table and having a blip rather than lower down.”

Moore, who has lauded the backing of the club’s impressive fanbase once again, is targeting the weekend fixture against struggling Goole AFC as the one to help them bounce back.”It’s a big game for us.

“They’ve been struggling a bit but they’ve maintained a good standard and professional attitude. It’s a must win game for us really.

“It will cause us problems if we don’t take maximum points from it.”

He added: “The spirit and morale is still there we are just going through a period where we need to stand up and be counted and show true grit and character. It’ll be a good test for us.”

• CLITHEROE have announced a friendly against Wigan Robin Park at Shawbridge on Tuesday, kick-off 7-45 p.m.

Admittance for this game is £2 per person.