BLUES boss Paul Moore believes the weekend clash with high-flying Farsley Celtic will be a good indicator as to how far his side have progressed.
Moore has backed the Villagers to top the First Division North table come the end of the campaign after watching Neil Parsley’s side inflict a 3-0 defeat on the Blues at Throstle Nest earlier in the month in what has been Clitheroe’s only league defeat to date.
Clitheroe sit third in the hierarchy with 25 points from 12 games, while Farsley lie perfectly poised just a solitary place and point behind having played a game more.
And Moore is adamant his side face another tough test at Shawbridge on Saturday (kick-off 3 p.m.).
“Farsley will definitely be a tough one,” he said.
“At the start of the season, I looked at the teams in this division and picked them out to win the league. They’re a good side and we’ll have to be at our best to get something.
“We knew we were going to get beat at some point after our good start to the season and the lads reacted really well to losing at Farsley.
“If we continue to pick up points from the teams around us, then who knows where we can go? It’ll be a good test.”
Shawbridge will be painted pink for the arrival of Farsley as Clitheroe look to raise funds and awareness in aid of Breast Cancer.
Fans may have thought the pink away kits of a few years ago were consigned to the pages of history, but they are making a comeback.
Supporters are urged to follow suit and make Shawbridge awash with pink as Clitheroe shows its support for Breast Cancer Campaign.
Wear it pink day is the campaign’s biggest fund-raising event and this year celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Although tomorrow is the designated wear it pink day, Clitheroe will be using their fixture a day later to raise money for breast cancer research.
Wearing pink and making a small contribution to this worthy cause will help Breast Cancer Campaign raise funds and continue to save lives.
Meanwhile, the Blues go in to the fixture on the back of consecutive 1-1 draws away to Ossett Town and Salford City.
A late equaliser from Town’s Simon Baldry deprived Clitheroe of three points at Stade France.
Clitheroe took the lead in the 28th minute when Johnson ran on to Daley Woods’ perfectly-weighted pass before finding the bottom corner of the net with a right-foot finish.
But the Blues had to come from behind to salvage a point against Salford at Moor Lane.
With 35 minutes played, defender Jameel Ible aimed a long pass towards the edge of the Clitheroe box and, with the defence hesitating, City top scorer Nathan McDonald nipped in to prod home his eighth goal of the season.
That strike stung the visitors into action, and three minutes later Johnson latched on to a through ball before slamming an unstoppable effort inside the right-hand angle of Ritchie Branagan’s goal, for his fifth strike in seven outings.