No travel sickness for the Clitheroe in convincing win

Roberto Bonaminio, pictured in action against Lancaster on New Year's Day, was on target at Radcliffe Borough on Saturday
Roberto Bonaminio, pictured in action against Lancaster on New Year's Day, was on target at Radcliffe Borough on Saturday
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Clitheroe took their tally to 13 goals on their three away games with a convincing win at Radcliffe Borough on Saturday.

The squad was given a boost with the return of Cory Bent, who replaced James Walker, who dropped down to the bench.

Otherwise it was an unchanged starting line-up from the 1-0 home defeat to Lancaster City on New Year’s Day.

Radcliffe had former Blues Keith Wedge and Chris Mason in their line-up.

After Radcliffe had a chance in the opening minute, the early stages were quiet until Bent had the Blues’ first opening on 15 minutes.

David Lynch played a perfect through ball, but despite having time and space, he blasted his shot over the top.

The opening goal came on 38 minutes after Seydou Bamba was fouled on the edge of the box, and from the free kick, Roberto Bonaminio struck it well, and via a couple of slight deflections, the ball ended up in the net.

The Blues were straight on the attack after the break, and it was no surprise when the second goal came three minutes into the second half.

Danny Morton’s long ball was headed back by Bent, leaving Sefton Gonzales free in the box to finish easily.

Goal number three wasn’t long in coming.

On 54 minutes, Jason Hart’s pass sent Bent clear on the right, and his low centre was perfect for Gonzales to score from close range for his second goal.

On 68 minutes it was 4-0, as Hart picked the ball up on the left flank and cut inside to hit a fabulous shot over Radcliffe keeper Chris Cheetham and into the top corner.

With two minutes remaining, Radcliffe were awarded a penalty, to the bewilderment of the Blues’ players and supporters.

Mason took it, but Alex Palffy saved brilliantly to ensure another clean sheet for Simon Garner’s men.

Clitheroe lined up: Alex Palffy, Danny Morton, Seydou Bamba, Roberto Bonaminio, Danny Brady, Simon Garner (Ross Dent 72), Cory Bent, David Lynch, Sefton Gonzales, Jason Hart (James Walker 78), Richard Burns (Louis Mayers 67). Sub not used: Laquan Esdaille