Clitheroe start the new campaign unbeaten

Danny Smith celebrates
Danny Smith celebrates

The Blues have crafted an unbeaten start to the 2013/14 Evo-Stik First Division North campaign.

Clitheroe kicked off with a 1-0 triumph over Farsley FC at Shawbridge on Saturday, though Paul Moore’s side rode their luck in the final 10 minutes with the visitors missing twice from the penalty spot.

The only goal of the opening day fixture arrived as early as the second minute when an incisive counter attack from the hosts resulted in Danny Smith drilling a ferocious shot in to the far corner after collecting Simon Nangle’s superbly-weighted through ball.

Kris King came to the rescue of Clitheroe five minutes later when hacking Lee Ellington’s glancing header off the line, before another header, this time from Paddy Miller, was tipped over the bar by Richie Mottram.

Mottram’s opposite number, Tom Morgan, was then called in to action from another breakaway from the home side as he plunged to his right to deny Nangle.

Mottram’s opposite number, Tom Morgan, was then called in to action from another breakaway from the home side as he plunged to his right to prevent Nangle from doubling the advantage.

Farsley came close to an equaliser midway through the half but Mottram produced another excellent save to tip Marc Thompson’s effort around the post following the midfielder’s surging run in to the box.

Aidan Savoury was denied by a heroic last ditch lunge from Will James as the away side continued to press while Miller fired a volley straight at Mottram to bring the curtain down on an entertaining first half.

After the break Mottram was in exceptional form again, this time with a fine double save to keep out Savoury’s free-kick before instinctively getting back on his feet to smother Lee Ellington’s rebound.

Then, in a frantic final 10 minutes, Farsley miraculously missed two spot kicks. Firstly in the 83rd minute Danny Hull’s driven corner was adjudged to have been handled by defender Rob Bodie but man of the match Mottram saved Ellington’s penalty low to his left hand side.

And in the second minute of time added on the visitors won another spot kick when Miller was dragged down. This time strike partner Savoury stepped up but his effort crashed back off the bar.

Meanwhile, another strike from Smith earned the Blues a point at Moor Lane against Salford City on Tuesday night.

The striker opened the scoring in the 51st minute only for Stuart Cook to level matters 14 minutes later.