Mayers returns to haunt his old club

Matchwinner Louis Mayers, right, in action at Bamber Bridge			Picture: Peter Ryan
Matchwinner Louis Mayers, right, in action at Bamber Bridge Picture: Peter Ryan

Clitheroe climbed to fourth place in the Evo-Stik First Division North after a last-gasp Louis Mayers strike saw off Bamber Bridge at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Easter Monday.

Former Brig man Mayers returned to haunt his old club as he coolly slid the ball past Lee Dovey, as the defence appeared to stand still in the fourth minute of injury time.

It was a deserved goal for the Blues, who had penned Brig in for the majority of the second half.

Brig nearly opened the scoring just three minutes in as Glenn Steel ghosted into the box unmarked, but he headed off target.

Midfielder Stu Vasey then had a shot blocked, and when he fed the rebound through to Alistair Waddecar, the winger’s angled shot was saved by former Brig loanee Steven James.

Jamie Milligan nearly broke the deadlock as he fired a free kick towards the top left corner, but James dived across goal to make a one-handed save.

Clitheroe had their first meaningful attack of the game in the 32nd minute as the unmarked Darrhyl Mason headed wide of the right post.

Waddecar then charged the ball down, but as his angle became tighter, his shot cannoned back off James.

Clitheroe nearly took the lead seconds into the second half as Mason sprinted one-on-one with Dovey, but the Brig keeper blocked his effort.

The Blues took the game by the scruff of the neck, and Matty Kay cleared Mason’s shot off the line, with Sefton Gonzales heading the rebound over.

Gonzales’ 67th minute strike was just tipped away by Dovey, while Scott Harries sliced the ball wide.

But as full time neared, Mayers found himself in space in the box after Brig failed to clear their lines and broke their hearts.

Clitheroe: James; Heywood, Barski, Benjamin, C. Lynch (Bonaminio, 46), Garner (Hampson, 68), Harries, D. Lynch, Gonzales, Mason, Mayers. Subs: Dent, Wiloughby, Woodhead.