Dimitri double does the damage for Blues

Dimitri Tuanzebe is congratulated by Joe Mitchell after netting for Clitheroe in the 3-1 win against Tadcaster Albion
Dimitri Tuanzebe is congratulated by Joe Mitchell after netting for Clitheroe in the 3-1 win against Tadcaster Albion

Clitheroe continued their climb up the Evo-Stik First Division North play-off places after beating Tadcaster Albion 3-1 at Shawbridge.

The Blues were forced to come from behind after trailing in the sixth minute of the fixture. The visitors caught Simon Haworth’s side napping and Carl Stewart capitalised by hammering home past Chris Thompson.

The home side didn’t have to wait long to get back on level terms, though, as Dimitri Tuanzebe made it 1-1 in the 13th minute.

The striker collected Brad Carroll’s pass on the edge of the box before side-stepping his marker and slotting the ball inside the near post left-footed.

Clitheroe made it 2-1 in the 19th minute when Charlie Russell’s header over the top of the Albion defence was latched on to by Danny Brady and the skipper applied a touch to lift the ball over goalkeeper Leon Wrigglesworth.

The visitors had a great chance to equalise minutes later when a set-piece fell kindly for Josh Greening in front of goal but his strike was somehow kept out by Thompson.

The Blues almost extended their advantage as the half-hour mark approached when Wrigglesworth spilled Kurt Willoughby’s attempt from the edge of the box before Tuanzebe failed to convert the rebound.

After the break the away side went close to leveling when a long punt upfield was flicked on by Tom Corner and Andy Milne’s header from close range was superbly saved by Thompson.

Blues substitute Tom Williams, who had replaced Willoughby, fizzed an effort wide of the far upright with the clock ticking down but the hosts did secure the points in the final minute.

Tuanzebi started the move from the edge of his own penalty area after a Tadcaster corner was cleared and, after Williams and Alex Newby were involved on the counter, the striker tucked the ball beyond Wrigglesworth to make it 3-1.