CLITHEROE manager Paul Moore has declared his disappointment at the referee as his side let in a last minute equaliser against Salford City on Saturday.
Clitheroe went two goals up thanks to a double from Daley Woods as they appeared to put their recent struggles at home behind them.
However, their defensive frailties soon appeared as Nathan McDonald and a last minute free-kick by debutant Martin Ormesher levelled the scores at 2-2 and left Clitheroe winless at home in the last four games.
Moore had no issue with the free kick itself but felt the referee had played advantage for too long and gave Salford another opportunity to score.
He said: “I’m really disappointed. The referee let the game go on, they lost control of the ball twice and three passages of play had gone on from the initial foul and he went back for the free kick.
“I spoke to him at the end of the game and he disagreed with my point of view.
“He had played advantage and then gave them a free pop at goal.
“But afterwards in the bar he did admit he got it wrong.”
After a blistering start to the season, Clitheroe have suffered from a loss of form and prior to Saturday had lost three consecutive home games.
However, they were buoyed by their 3-1 victory over Bamber Bridge and looked to be on course of for the three points until Ormesher’s late intervention.
While Moore lamented his side’s wastefulness in front of goal, he was pleased that they didn’t lose and revealed he has set his side a target of 26 points from their last 14 games.
He said: “We should have been clear anyway, so that’s disappointing that we haven’t managed to get the three points.
“A win and a draw is better form and 26 points from 14 games is the target.
“The top two have it sewn up and it’s between us, Mossley, Farsley, Ramsbottom United, Warrington and Curzon Ashton for those remaining three play-off places.
“Whoever puts together the best run of form will get a place.”
Despite their recent struggles at home, Moore felt that the venue makes no difference, and with an away trip to Burscough on Saturday, he refuted any suggestions that it would be any easier for the Blues on the road.
“I’m not bothered about playing away, it’s immaterial about where we play.
“It’s tough going keeping the momentum but we’ll take it as it comes.
“We’ve already beaten Burscough in the league once so hopefully we can do the double and go on to play Mossley at home next Tuesday.
“The way we’ve been playing I can’t say I’m too fussed.
“If we get two or three wins on the bounce that can hopefully get us clear of the chasing pack.”
Moore confirmed that he should have a full squad available for the Burscough game as Connor Smith should be available following his injury.