Clitheroe ship eight goals without reply on the road

Penalty miss: Danny Wilkins, right, squandered the chance to put Clitheroe ahead at Northwich Victoria on Saturday
Penalty miss: Danny Wilkins, right, squandered the chance to put Clitheroe ahead at Northwich Victoria on Saturday

Clitheroe shipped eight goals without reply over the week as they lost in the league at Northwich Victoria on Saturday, before exiting the Doodson Sport Cup at Lancaster on Tuesday night.

At the Giant Axe, a much-changed Blues line-up fell at the first hurdle in the cup, going down 5-0 against the Dolly Blues, in front of a crowd of 85 - against the backdrop of the Scotland v England game.

Clitheroe, who promoted Ryan Cattermole, Tom Jackson and Lewis Cumpsty from the youth team for the game. fell behind after 16 minutes as Neil Marshall fired the hosts ahead, and the tie was pretty much over at half-time as Reece Pearce and Lee Dodgson added further goals before the break.

A double-blast after the hour from Ryan Winder and Aaron Taylor put the seal on a convincing home win.

On Saturday, despite a 3-0 setback at Northwich - which saw Clitheroe fall to 12th in the table - there were a number of encouraging signs and key turning points went against the Blues.

An early sending-off for defender Steve Mercer didn’t help, dismissed after four minutes, having been adjudged to have denied a clear goalscoring opportunity outside the box.

Player-manager Simon Garner moved over to fill in at centre back, and Clitheroe had a chance to get their noses in front after 19 minutes when Richard Burns was felled just inside the area, but Danny Wilkins’s weak penalty was saved.

Just before the break, the hosts made Clitheroe pay when a pinpoint corner was forced home by Callum Henry, despite muted appeals for a foul from the away side.

Clitheroe tinkered with their system after the break, but were forced into a rethink as Vics were twice denied by the woodwork - Mo Ali and Godwin Abadaki both hitting the post.

And an uphill battle became even tougher when Aboucabar Sanogo added a secpnd goal, unchallenged from another corner, just five minutes into the second half.

The game was killed off 19 minutes from time when James Walker was deemed to have brought down a home forward, who made the most of the challenge and won a spot kick, which Sanogo smashed past Andrew Dawber for his second.

Vics could have added to their lead late on, but Clitheroe managed to hack a shot off the line.

For the hosts, it was a sixth win in as many games, as they climbed to third place in the table - four points adrift of the leaders Darlington 1883 who Clitheroe face this Saturday at Bishop Auck;and’s Heritage Park, kick-off 3 p.m.