Clitheroe suffer first defeat

Action from Saturday's Shawbridge friendly between Clitheroe and Colne. Picture: Peter Ryan
Action from Saturday's Shawbridge friendly between Clitheroe and Colne. Picture: Peter Ryan

Clitheroe suffered their first pre-season defeat in their third outing at home to FC United on Tuesday night.

After earning a 2-1 win over a Bllackburn Rovers XI a week last Saturday, the Blues beat Colne 3-2 at Shawbridge on Saturday.

But FC United, Blues boss Simon Garner’s former club, proved a sterner test.

FC United went ahead midway through the first half through Andy Pearson.

Clitheroe levelled just after the hour with a Peter Dunklerley strike, but parity lasted only three minutes as former Accrington Stanley man Craig Lindfield put the visitors back in front.

And two goals in the last six minutes handed FC United a 4-1 victory.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, a very competitive game saw Clitheroe edge a five-goal encounter with Colne.

Colne went close early on, with Danny Boyle forcing Matt Green to make a couple of saves.

The Blues first effort came when Richard Burns’ shot from just outside the box was pushed round the post by Chris Thompson.

Boyle again went close on 20 minutes when he sent a chip just wide.

And Colne took the lead on 29 minutes as Jason Hart went clear and finished with aplomb.

The lead lasted barely two minutes as Mike Aspin’s inch-perfect cross from the right was headed home at the far post by Burns.

Aspin again got down the right minutes later, leading to Callum Hoctor’s shot being well saved by Thompson.

Ten minutes from the break, David Lynch broke into the box and was brought down, and he picked himself up to give the Blues a 2-1 half-time lead.

The Blues made five changes at the break, and there were further substitutions by both teams during the half.

Colne levelled on the hour when Boyle hit a superb shot from the edge of the box into the top corner, giving Green no chance.

But what proved to be the winning goal for Clitheroe on 76 minutes was even better.

A free kick was awarded 30 yards out and James Walker blasted it into the top right hand corner.

It was another good run out for the Blues against a very decent Colne team, who look like they will have a good season in the league below Clitheroe, the North West Counties Premier Division.

Clitheroe now make the trip to Squires Gate on Saturday (kick-off 3 p.m.) before hosting Guiseley at Shawbridge on Tuesday night (7-45 p.m.).