Former Clitheroe boss Sculpher returns to Blues

Lee Scupher (left) in his playing days for Bamber Bridge
Lee Scupher (left) in his playing days for Bamber Bridge

CLITHEROE boss Carl Garner has added former Blues manager Lee Sculpher to his management team.

Sculpher was player/assistant to Dave Burgess in 2000/01.

In their first season together, the pair guided the Blues to runners-up in the North West Counties League Premier Division and the FA Vase semi-final.

Sculpher took over in the hotseat the following season, and again led Clitheroe to second place in the league, before losing 2-1 to Mossley in the League Cup final at Bury’s Gigg Lane ground.

But Sculpher’s persistence paid off, and Clitheroe were crowned NWCL Premier Division champions on the final day of the 2003/04 campaign, after a late goal from Neil Reynolds sealed a 3-2 victory at Nantwich Town, and the title.

“I’ve got Lee Sculpher on board now,” Garner said.

“He’s managed Clitheroe successfully in the past, and gained promotion with the club from the North West Counties.

“He will certainly add value to the club. He’s already put some markers down for the players, and he’s generally sharpening the side up.

“He’s putting some parameters in for the young players, and they’ve all taken what he’s had to say on board.

“Our coach Wale Ajet has parted the club on mutual terms after Saturday’s fixture.

“He’s left the club on good terms, and I’d like to thank him for his service.

“I’m more than happy to have Lee on board.

“He’s experienced, has a very sensible approach to everything, has a great knowledge of non-league football, great affinity with the club, and he’s very trustworthy.”

The Shawbridge side are now without a win in 11, but showed they are heading in the right direction with an inspired performance and result at high-flying Warrington Town.

A Michael Duffy own goal gave the Blues an early lead, but Allan Collins struck late to salvage a point for the hosts.

“We drew at Warrington but we should probably have seen the game out,” said Garner.

“It was a decent result in all fairness, but when you get that close it’s quite frustrating.

“We started brightly, and played a lot more solidly.

“We were more compact and created some glaring chances.

“We created two that were easier to score than miss – we just can’t get that second goal to see teams off.”

Clitheroe host Radcliffe Borough on Saturday (kick-off 3 p.m.), before entertaining Curzon Ashton on Tuesday (7-45 p.m.).