Garner has weather eye

Clitheroe player-manager Simon Garner battles for the ball
Clitheroe player-manager Simon Garner battles for the ball
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Blues boss Simon Garner is looking to open up some breathing space in the Evo-Stik First Division North should Saturday’s game against Brighouse Town survive the inclement weather conditions.

Clitheroe are seventh in the hierarchy, just a solitary point and two places above their opponents who have a game in hand.

Ahead of the fixture at Shawbridge (kick-off 3 p.m.), Garner said: “They are right next to us in the league so it’s an opportunity for us to open up some breathing space.

“We can put a bit of a gap between us if we win.

“It’ll help us kick on and push away from the teams that are below us.

“It’s very tight so we need to win to keep our place up there.

“They are a decent side who made a good start.

“They’re at a similar level to ourselves and they are pushing for the play-offs.

“It will be a tough game but hopefully we’ll benefit from having home advantage and get back to winning ways.”

He added: “We’re just hoping it’s on because we’re desperate to get a game in.

“It’s supposed to freeze so it looks like it’s in the lap of the Gods again.

“Our pitch is okay, there shouldn’t be a problem, but we’re hoping that the frost stays away.

Garner will be without Louis Mayers when Paul Quinn’s side arrive in the Ribble Valley as the striker serves the final game of a three-match ban.

Michael Hampson and Wes Benjamin will also be sidelined with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively.

“We’re a bit thin on the ground,” Garner said.

“We’ve tried to bring in new faces but unfortunately we haven’t got any over the line.

“We’re actively seeking a couple of reinforcements to freshen things up but we have what we have at present.”