Away draw extends Blues’ unbeaten run to four

Striker Gonzales hit Clitheroe's equaliser at Eaton Street
Striker Gonzales hit Clitheroe's equaliser at Eaton Street

On the back of three-successive wins, Clitheroe picked up their first draw of the season at the 17th attempt to maintain their place in the Evo-Stik First Division North play-off places on Saturday.

After a deluge of rain early on Saturday ahead of the 1-1 stalemate with Prescot Cables, the hosts did well to get the game on at Eaton Street, though the pitch was understandably heavy.

The Blues were not their best until the final quarter of the game, with the hosts taking the lead eight minutes after the break.

But Clitheroe levelled with 15 minutes remaining through Sefton Gonzales, and could have gone on to win, although a point apiece was probably fair overall, as Prescot made it six home games unbeaten.

Skipper David Lynch had an early effort saved, before Scott Harries didn’t get any purchase on his shot from James Walker’s cross.

Danny Brady then headed at the keeper from a Scott Bakkor corner, before then nodding over a free kick, with the angle against him.

Bakkor fired over after Louis Mayers knocked down Brady’s raking pass, but Bakkor then mis-timed a tackle and collected a booking, his fifth of the season, which means a one-match suspension.

Shortly after he was substituted, replaced by Michael Hampson.

Former Blues forward Lloyd Dean headed over from a free kick, before the best opening of the half, as keeper Ben Woodhead launched the ball upfield, and Harries connected with a volley, which produced a fine save from the keeper.

After the break, Harries went through, but couldn’t find the target, when a pass to Gonzales looked a better option.

Prescot took the lead in the 53rd minute when striker Rob Doran’s shot was beaten away by Woodhead, but the home forward turned in the rebound.

Brady was forced off injured midway through the half, with Roberto Bonaminio coming on, before Ryan Cattermole came on for Walker.

And the Blues claimed an equaliser when Gonzales swapped passes with Lynch, and beat the keeper to the ball, poking it home.

Clitheroe could have won it, but Hampson’s effort was cleared off the line after beating the keeper from Gonzales’ pass.

Gonzales also had a header saved from close range, as the Blues settled for a point.

Clitheroe: Woodhead, Benjamin, Walker (Cattermole), Barski, Brady (Bonaminio), Dent, Bakkor (Hampson), Lynch (c), Gonzales, Harries, Mayers.

Subs not used : Garner.