Clitheroe FC climb league after convincing win

Sean Miller celebrates
Sean Miller celebrates

Clitheroe 4,Radcliffe Borough 0

Simon Garner made it 19 points from 24 since taking the reins as Clitheroe demolished Radcliffe Borough to climb to seventh place on Saturday, four points from a play-off place.

The Blues had failed to beat Radcliffe in three previous meetings this season, but they put them to the sword in comprehensive fashion.

With debutant Sean Miller partnering Lloyd Dean up front, and in-form striker Scott Bakkor on the left, there was goal threat wherever you looked.

Dean set the tone on three minutes when he had a mazy run, before laying off to Ross Dent, who pulled it back to Bakkor to send it narrowly wide.

A minute later Dent released Miller, who crossed for Dean, who was foiled with a point blank save.

Radcliffe rallied briefly, but it was one way traffic.

On 22 minutes, Clitheroe took the lead. Miller was upended in the box and Bakkor smashed the ball home.

Just after the half hour, Radcliffe survived a scare as they cleared an effort off the line, but a minute later Miller headed home powerfully from a trademark Warren Bellew cross.

On 38 minutes Radcliffe appealed in vain for a penalty of their own, before Miller cushioned a long ball on his chest, ghosted past the defender and hit his shot against the post.

The second half saw no let up. Within a minute of the restart, Dent’s header was cleared off the line. Radcliffe almost got a lifeline on 52 minutes, only for a masterful tackle by Will James.

Shortly after, Miller received the ball on the left, and used his strength to hold off a defender, before pushing it past the keeper to the bye-line and dragging it back for Dean to shoot home.

Miller had a clear shout for a penalty, but as the away team stopped, Bakkor hammered the bouncing ball home. Clitheroe totally dominated the rest of the game, with substitute Andy Griffiths going closest with a shot driven narrowly over.

There were plenty of contenders for man of the match, but Miller shone the brightest.