After an enforced four-week break due to adverse weather and to the fixture computer, Clitheroe suffered a fifth-successive defeat at Wakefield on Saturday as they registered a 12th game without a win.
In what was Wakefield’s first home win of the season, the hosts went ahead within two minutes as Robert Bordman was impeded as he drove towards goal, and he picked himself up to nonchalantly slotted the spot kick home.
Shortly after, Simon Nangle, back from a spell at Colne, floated a free kick dangerously into the Wakefield box, but Scott Byrom could only slice the chance wide.
Boardman was the sole threat from Wakefield all day, but he was sufficient to cause real problems.
A hopeful punt saw Bordman free again, and as he bore down on Ben Proctor, he skewed the ball wide.
After quarter of an hour, Clitheroe had their best chance of the game. A superb inswinging cross from the right by Chris Bailey arced perfectly onto the head of Paul Coote, who missed the target from six yards.
Midway through the half, Bordman again caused the problems as his cross-shot hit the far post and bounced to safety.
Charlie Collinge replaced Kial Callacher before half-time and Alex Ralph replaced the unusually out of sorts Matt McNamara for the start of the second half.
Two good runs from Ralph promised much, and he worked well with Coote to fashion two openings, but he slowly petered out of the game.
On the hour, calamity struck as an old fashioned hoof from defence by Wakefield was picked up by the right corner flag, and the resulting cross caused mayhem in the Blues defence before Proctor dragged down the attacker, and Bordman doubled the lead from the spot.
Still the Blues did not fire into life, and while half chances fell to both sides, a long distance effort from Collinge, spilled by the keeper and almost falling to the feet of Coote, was their best effort as the game ended with a whimper for Clitheroe in front of a crowd of 45 at the 12,000 capacity Belle Vue stadium.