Clitheroe glad to see end of tough season

Action from Saturday's defeat against Curzon Ashton. Picture: Peter Ryan
Action from Saturday's defeat against Curzon Ashton. Picture: Peter Ryan

Clitheroe ended the Evo-Stik First Division North season in 16th place after five-successive defeats.

On Saturday, they went down 3-0 at home to champions Curzon Ashton, before slipping to an 11th-straight defeat on Easter Monday on the road at Padiham - who have now recorded three wins over the Blues this season.

Against the Storks, Andy Eaton had an effort cleared off the line, before Padiham’s Kieron Pickup forced a stunning block from player-manager Simon Garner midway through the first half.

From the resulting corner, Martin Parkes found space for a header, but Adam Freeland was on the line to clear his effort.

Against the run of play, the hosts took the lead through Dom Craig, as a clever flick by former Preston forward Lee Ashcroft opened up the Clitheroe defence for Craig to sprint through on goal, one on one with Alex Palffy, finishing well.

On the hour mark Padiham doubled their lead as Owen Deakin-Pickard went down somewhat softly on the edge of the box and Michael Morrison headed Mark Sharples’ free kick into the bottom corner.

Danny Morton felt he should have had a penalty for handball 16 minutes from time, before assistant manager Ryan Parr was dismissed from the dugout.

On Saturday, Curzon Ashton came to town and showed why they are champions.

It took only four minutes for the first goal to arrive, albeit in a rather fortunate fashion. Ryan Watson hit a tame shot goalwards from range but a cruel bounce sent the ball spiralling away from Palffy.

Just before the half hour, Curzon doubled their lead through Samuel Walker. tapping in a driven low cross.

Shortly after the hour mark Chris Rowney wrapped up the game, racing onto a ball over the top before hammering a venomous volleyed effort past Palffy.