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Clitheroe boss itching to play

RARE OUTING: Danny Mahoney takes on the Radcliffe Borough defence on January 5th - the last time the Blues played at home. The Blues havent played since the 12th at Goole

RARE OUTING: Danny Mahoney takes on the Radcliffe Borough defence on January 5th - the last time the Blues played at home. The Blues havent played since the 12th at Goole

 

BLUES boss Paul Moore is backing his side to produce the goods once normal service is resumed.

Clitheroe haven’t played since a 2-1 victory over Goole AFC almost three weeks ago, but Moore is confident of picking up maximum points should Saturday’s fixture with Ossett Town at Shawbridge go ahead.

The two sides shared the points in a 1-1 stalemate at Stade France in October, as Simon Baldry’s late leveller cancelled out Alex Johnson’s opener. Victory would see the Blues reverse recent form at Shawbridge, following defeats to Ramsbottom United and Radcliffe Borough, and maintain their place in the First Division North play-off spots.

“You’ve just got to remain positive,” commented Moore after recent postponements. “We’re scheduled to play Ossett Town at home on Saturday and I think the weather will be okay, so that game should go ahead. My players are chomping at the bit to get back playing. They are desperate to get on the pitch but I guess everybody is in the same boat.

“I gave the lads the weekend off. There wasn’t much we could do with all that snow, it was horrendous. We’ve been training twice a week, which we’ve had to do in order to keep ourselves in shape. We’ve just wanted to keep going but that’s just the way it is sometimes. You can’t control the elements.”

Moore added: “When we played Ossett Town away I was disappointed that we didn’t get three points because we conceded late on. We had several chances to end the game as a contest in the first half but we didn’t take them. Their back four aren’t the quickest so I’m hopeful we can exploit that.

“They are a hard-working, battling side. There’s nothing in particular that stands out about them, but in this league you don’t really need those individual traits. You need to approach games with the right mentality and fight for results. It will be a tough game for them because we’ve been strong at home so realistically speaking I’d like to think we can beat them. It depends how we react to this lengthy lay-off.”

Moore is urging his players to kick-start the final run-in to the season in spectacular fashion, with 30 points from the remaining 17 fixtures the target. “We are in a good position because we’ve played a lot of games, we’ve got points on the board, and we’re in a healthy position in the table,” he said. “Once we start again I’m confident we will kick on. It’s imperative that we hit form as early as possible. We’re targeting 30 points which I think will be good enough for a play-off spot.”

Moore is confident of adding one new face to his Shawbridge squad ahead of Saturday’s clash, though he’s keeping his cards close to his chest.

 

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