Clitheroe get new number one

Scott Bakkor celebrates his equaliser at home to Trafford on Saturday with David Lynch. Clitheroe went on to lose 4-2 however.''Picture: Peter Ryan
Scott Bakkor celebrates his equaliser at home to Trafford on Saturday with David Lynch. Clitheroe went on to lose 4-2 however.''Picture: Peter Ryan

Blues boss Simon Garner believes new number one Ben Woodhead can help lay the foundations for success at Shawbridge.

Clitheroe’s only clean sheet in 14 games came against Northwich Victoria last month but the former Nelson goalkeeper’s debut in the 2-1 victory over Lancaster City midweek has certainly strengthened Garner’s confidence in the club’s rearguard.

“He made a big difference and showed why we’ve brought him in,” he said. “Ben did as we expected and tightened up the defence with an accomplished display.

“I’m hoping he can bring some clean sheets with that but the whole team has to contribute to that.

“We’ve brought him in to try and improve those stats because our goal difference is really poor. We’re one of the only teams in the top 15 with a minus goal difference. It’s something we need to improve on if we are going to achieve anything.”

Garner added: “Ben’s a good talker, he’s only 22 but he’s got a lot of experience for that age.

“He’s got a good pedigree too and he’s a big strong lad. He’s got two good feet, his kicking is effortless and he’s got a real ping on him.

“He commands his area and comes for crosses as well so he was exactly what we were looking for.

“I’ve been trying to sign him for a year but he was under contract before. I’ve finally had the chance to sign him and I’m confident his presence will make a difference.

“I was impressed with him and he’ll give the back four confidence.”

Scott Bakkor and Daniel Brady gave the Blues the advantage at the Giant Axe Stadium, which they clawed on to despite Zach Clark getting one back for the hosts.

Now Garner is looking for consistency having recorded successive league wins just once this term.

Having lost to Trafford on home soil at the weekend, Garner said: “It was a good result against Lancaster, a big performance and it was nice to get back to winning ways.

“We haven’t had consecutive wins for a while now so we want to get that crucial second win and build from there.

“We’ve got two tough games at home now but they’re games we need to win if we’re going to establish ourselves.

“We need some consistency if we’re going to maintain our position.”

The Blues entertain Mossley on Saturday (kick off 3 p.m.).