Signings boost Clitheroe

Clitheroe keeper Hakan Burton takes charge at Goole
Clitheroe keeper Hakan Burton takes charge at Goole

BLUES boss Paul Moore believes that fresh faces will help the club kick on.

With Moore’s ambition of securing a play-off spot burning brightly, the Clitheroe chief has moved to bring in Kendal Town midfielder Adam Birchall, AFC Fylde’s Isaac Kusaloka, and Dean Canning from Welsh Premier League side GAP Connah’s Quay.

Both Zambian-born Kusaloka and Canning can operate up front or out wide and will add pace to the squad.

Kusaloka has also represented Kendal Town and Squire Gate, while Salfordian Canning has played for Colwyn Bay, Ashton United, Leek Town, Curzon Ashton and Trafford.

And Moore believes his latest coups will help fill the void of departed leading scorer Alex Johnson, who joined Halifax Town earlier in the campaign.

“Negotiations are still undergoing to bring a new face in to Shawbridge,” he said.

“We’ve managed to bring in Issac and Dean and they’re exactly what we’ve needed.

“They’re both rapid and definitely offer something we’ve been missing since the departure of AJ.

“We’ve freshened things up, which makes people at the club aware that we need to kick on.”

But Moore’s tinkering doesn’t end there. Talks are still ongoing with Blackburn Rovers to bring in another player on loan.

Moore insists the calibre of his targets will help contribute to a top five finish in the Evo-Stik First Division North. “If we can land our remaining target, then I think we’ll be up there,” he said.

“We will certainly be there or there abouts come the end of the season.

“We need to start winning games again and grinding out results in tough fixtures. It’s going to be interesting from now, the league will start to take shape, and it’ll be interesting to see who stays in there.”

A 2-1 triumph over struggling Goole AFC saw the Blues retain fourth spot, though teams below, including New Mills, Cammell Laird and Ramsbottom United, could climb above them if they make the most of games in hand.

However, Clitheroe have points in the bag and Moore is adamant there’ll be more to come after a spirited performance against the Vikings which was capped off with goals from Simon Nangle and Marcus Calvert.

“It was definitely good to get back to winning ways,” beamed Moore.

“It was a hard-fought victory in what turned out to be a very tough game.

“We got the second goal, which we needed, but then they made it even more difficult for us. They scored a penalty to get back in to the game and we had to dig in. I was delighted with the performance and the character of the team.”

After ending a run of four games without a win, Moore added: “It doesn’t really feel like a weight has been lifted because I don’t think things were that drastic. We just needed to cut out silly mistakes and work hard to win again. We weren’t worried at all, but we got the result we needed.”

The Blues entertain Ossett Albion on Saturday, kick-off 3 p.m.