Clitheroe knocked back after impressive run is ended

Clitheroe skipper David Lynch in action against former club Workington Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday

Clitheroe skipper David Lynch in action against former club Workington Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday

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After a run of four-successive wins, Clitheroe suffered two straight defeats over the week.

On Saturday, Clitheroe were knocked out of the FA Trophy by Evo-Stik Premier Division side Workington at Shawbridge - in a game which sawthree red cards dished out.

And on Tuesday night, two goals in the last 19 minutes condemned the Blues to a 3-1 derby loss at Bamber Bridge, as Clitheroe slipped to 11th in the table.

At the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, in front fo a crowd of 203, Clitheroe got off to the perfect start as Richard Burns put Simon Garner’s side in front after only two minutes.

But within five minutes, Brig levelled matters through Andy Bell.

Matty Kay gave the hosts the lead on 71 minutes, but Clitheroe were seething when they were denied the chance to equalise from the spot, with the refereeing ignoring appeals for what looked a blatant penalty when Cory Bent was pushed over in the box.

Brig added a third in the last minute through Darren Green to give the game a somewhat distorted scoreline.

Meanwhile, on Saturday against Workington, the Reds almost went ahead when Conor Tinnion couldn’t direct the ball on target at full stretch from a free kick, missed the target from close range.

But the visitors took the lead just before the half hour when Stuart Dixon’s long clearance created a mix-up between Roberto Bonaminio and Danny Brady, and Scott Allison’s shot was saved by Zach Hibbert, only for Alex Salmon to volleyed in the rebound.

An uphill task bec ame even stiffer when Bonaminio was deemed to have denied Dan Wordsworth a clear goalscoring oppportunity.

The Blues felt there was cover, while Workington wanted a penalty.

Salmon took the free kick from the edge of the box, but the post came to Clitheroe’s rescue.

James Walker called Dixon into action either side of half-time, before the sides were evened up when Gari Rowntree, booked just before the break, was handed a second yellow card in the 52nd minute for impeding Cory Bent.

The Blues sensed their opportunity, but were kept at bay by the Workington defence, and with 21 minutes remaining, the visitors added a second when Matthew Tymon went round Hibbert and slotted home after good work from Allison.

There was no way back for Clitheroe, and with two minutes left, their frustration showed when former Red David Lynch was dismissed for a second booking for dissent.

Clitheroe team at Bamber Bridge: Dawber, Brady, Walker, Bonaminio, Freeland, Garner, Wilkins, Lynch, Gonzales, Hart, Burns. Subs: Bamba, Dickinson, Bent, Charnley, Palffy.