THE only way is up for Clitheroe as their latest defeat left the Blues treading water in the First Division North table.
Carl Garner’s side are struggling for form, and a 2-1 defeat on Tuesday night at the hands of Woodley Sports, which sent them tumbling to 19th in the pyramid, did little to resolve their plight.
Adam Mather broke the deadlock for the home side at the Neil Rourke Memorial Stadium on the quarter-hour mark, before John Marsden’s strike on the stroke of half-time put the Steelmen in the ascendency.
James Davies halved the deficit for the Blues with 15 minutes remaining, but the visitors failed to find an equaliser.
At the weekend, Josh Hine’s ninth goal in as many games gave Clitheroe the lead at Cammell Laird’s Kirklands Stadium, but the Blues were denied a first win in six outings by Connor Millington early in the second half.
Since Garner won September’s Manager of the Month award (pictured), his second such accolade in a three-month managerial stint, The Shawbridge outfit have failed to record victory.
Five defeats and two stalemates in October have seen Clitheroe dumped out of every domestic cup competition, and sinking in the league.
Now Garner will be hoping to lift that curse by ending the month on a high note.
Salford City, who recently knocked the Blues out of the FA Trophy, are the visitors to the Ribble Valley on Saturday, with kick-off at 3 p.m.
The last time the two sides met, a Hine double earned the Blues a replay at Moor Lane in the FA Trophy earlier in the month, but Ammies boss Rhodri Giggs struck in extra-time at Shawbridge to break Clitheroe hearts.
But revenge is sweet, and nothing less than victory will suffice for Garner.