Garner’s men enjoying best start to a campaign in three years

Action from Clitheroe's 3-0 defeat at Mossley on Saturday'''''''Picture: Peter Ryan
Action from Clitheroe's 3-0 defeat at Mossley on Saturday'''''''Picture: Peter Ryan

Clitheroe are celebrating their best start to a season since 2012 after winning their third game in four at home to Lancaster City on Tuesday night.

The Blues beat the Dolly Blues 4-2 to sit fourth in the Evo-Stik First Division North table, after goals from Scott Bakkor, Louis Mayers, Scott Harries and Lloyd Dean.

Clitheroe went ahead after only three minutes as Bakkor was brought down in the box by Garry Hunter, and picked himself up to slot home the penalty.

That proved the only goal in the first half, but five followed after the break.

Six minutes after the restart, Harries’ centre was headed in from close range by Mayers.

However, just before the hour mark, Darren Peacock’s men halved the deficit when Joseph Whittington fed Aaron Taylor, who finished from six yards.

The visitors’ tails were up, and six minutes from time, Lancaster were level when a free kick was headed in by Taylor for his second.

Clitheroe responded immediately, and were back in front a minute later when Dean finished unerringly past Michael Donlon.

And in the last minute, Harries rounded off a flowing move to seal the points, as Clitheroe leapfrogged Lancaster in the table.

Scarborough Athletic top the table on goal difference from Northwich Victoria, both sides boasting the only 100% records remaining in the division.

On Saturday, Clitheroe went down to their first defeat of the season, losing 3-0 at Mossley – a scoreline which somewhat flattered the hosts.

Boss Simon Garner brought in Danny Brady at left back for James Walker, and a red card for Brady shortly after half-time proved a key moment.

The Blues had the better of the opening exchanges, as Louis Mayers, Scott Bakkor and Lloyd Dean went close, while at the other end, Sam Robinson hit the top of the bar.

Brady was harshy booked after 25 minutes after a 50/50 challenge, and just before the half hour, Dean was forced off with an injury and replaced by Michael Hampson.

Mossley went ahead on 32 minutes when Clitheroe failed to clear a corner, and Robinson drilled in from 10 yards.

Clitheroe were denied an immediate reply when Mayers had an effort cleared off the line.

But on 47 minutes, Brady picked up a second yellow card after an innocuous challenge.

Mossley doubled their lead with five minutes remaining as Rhys Nevins tapped in a rebound, and on 88 minutes, Robinson finished from a free header to give the scoreline a lop-sided look at 3-0.