Clitheroe remain in play-off contention

BIG GOAL: Simon Nangle congratulates goalscorer Chris Mason on Saturday
BIG GOAL: Simon Nangle congratulates goalscorer Chris Mason on Saturday

Clitheroe secured their highest-ever points tally at level eight of the football pyramid and boosted their play-off hopes with a 3-2 victory over Ossett Albion on Saturday.

Goals from Daley Woods, Chris Mason and Scott Bakkor put the Blues in a commanding position, before Dale Kelly and Joseph Fox replied for the visitors to set-up a nervy finish.

Moore’s side dominated the opening period and took the lead in the 12th minute through joint-leading scorer Woods, who notched his eighth goal of the season.

The lead was doubled on the stroke of half-time as Mason also fired home his eighth goal of the campaign in Clitheroe colours.

The home side looked to have put the game beyond doubt on the hour-mark as young forward Scott Bakkor scored his second goal of the week.

However, it was to be a tense end to the match as the visitors replied through Kelly on 65 minutes and Fox seven minutes later.

And three vital points could have been reduced to one had it not been for keeper Hakan Burton who saved a late Ossett penalty.

Clitheroe are sixth – one place outside the play-off positions – with three games remaining, starting on Saturday at seventh-placed Curzon Ashton (kick-off 3 p.m).

Speaking to the club’s website, Moore said: “It has been a slog but just getting over the line at the 71 points mark is remarkable compared to last season, especially as this is mine and Dave’s first season at the helm.

“The lads have been fantastic and believe me they are 100 per cent convinced that we will be in the play-offs.We may need to depend on results elsewhere.

“The last few games are going to be very interesting. Rammy have a tough run in as do Mossley, and Lairds are not out of it either. New Mills are having a good run so we may have to win all our games to get in.

“But whatever happens I am really pleased with our first season at Shawbridge and we have already highlighted our targets for next season, so we can push on.

“Dave (Hughes) and I have started work on the squad for next season and will be discussing with the current squad their intentions over the next month. We are hopeful of keeping them all but football is a really funny game.

“So, three games to go and the play-offs are a reality. We have made the season very interesting until the very end.”