Garner wants to climb table

CLITHEROE V RAMSBOTTOM UNITED: Player manager Simon Garner. 'Photo Ben Parsons
CLITHEROE V RAMSBOTTOM UNITED: Player manager Simon Garner. 'Photo Ben Parsons

Clitheroe manager Simon Garner fosters “Dreams” of climbing the Evo-Stik First Division North table.

The 31-year-old midfielder voiced his ambition after taking in the sounds of American R&B and soul singer John Legend at Manchester’s O2 Apollo midweek.

But Garner is determined to make those “Dreams” - a track on Legend’s fourth studio album ‘Love in the Future’ - a reality as soon as possible. The Blues currently sit 17th in the table after averaging less than a point a game in their opening 10 league fixtures.

“We definitely want to improve because we’re not happy with where we are in the table,” he said. “We’d have liked more points because most of the games we’ve played have been against teams who are in and around us in the table. It’s a tight league and a win could potentially lift us to mid-table. We’re looking to kick on.”

Goals from Sean Myler and Stephen Hall ensured league newcomers Droylsden took maximum points at the weekend at the Butcher’s Arms Ground. However, Garner was full of praise for his squad despite the 2-0 loss.

“We played really well,” he said. “Obviously I never like to lose but we deserved something from the game. We frustrated them for huge periods because they couldn’t play through us. We kept them out for the majority.

“We just lacked that cutting edge but it was a really positive performance. They’ll learn from it and if we play like that every week will have a good go in this league.”

Meanwhile, Garner is looking to strengthen his squad. While the Blues have scored in all but three of their 13 outings in all competitions, they are yet to keep a clean sheet.

“We still need a goalscorer though,” he said. “I’ve known that for a while but it’s not through a lack of trying. I’ve probably approached about 10 lads and put seven days notice on some of them. But sometimes you don’t even hear back from them. It’s difficult. I’d like to add a couple more.

“I’ve got an honest set of lads that work really hard. We are scoring from all over the pitch, and we’re scoring in the majority of our games. However, the problem is not being able to keep a clean sheet. If we can keep the opposition out and continue scoring then we’ll give ourselves a chance.”

Clitheroe are at home to Radcliffe Borough on Saturday, kick-off 3 p.m.