Clitheroe earned an impressive 4-2 win at Shawbridge against Scarborough Athletic on Tuesday night – after a depleted Blues side went down 5-0 at Warrington Town on Saturday.
Captain David Lynch, Jimmy Heywood and Roberto Bonaminio returned to the side, and helped Simon Garner’s men to a convincing victory against a side who were among the pre-season promotion favourites.
Scarborough went ahead after eight minutes, as Thomas Corner headed in after Joe Fox’s effort hit the bar.
But the Blues equalised midway through the first half when former Nelson man Jonny Hession capitalised on a mistake at the back, broke clear and finished well for his first competitive goal for Clitheroe.
And Cltheroe went ahead eight minutes into the second half as Callum Hendry fed Lynch, who teed up Jimmy Heywood to lash in his first of the season from just outside the box.
Corner hit the post 18 minutes from time, and three minutes later, the Blues had the chance to make it 3-1 when Nathan Peat pushed Louis Mayers, when poised for a tap-in.
Peat was fortunate to only to awarded a yellow card, but Scott Bakkor blasted home the penalty.
Lynch made it 4-1 when he broke into the area, rode a challenge and drilled past the keeper.
Scarborough pulled one back in injury time when Gary Bradshaw scored direct from a free kick.
At Warrington Town on Saturday, Ciaran Kilheeney opened the scoring on four minutes, but the Blues responded well as Karl Wills was forced to make a fine save from James Walker, before a goal was chalked off for a harsh looking off-side call.
Town doubled their advantage before the break as Nathan Burke’s shot was saved, and Chris Gahgan finished the rebound.
Gahgan made it 3-0 on 67 minutes, bringing the ball down, and firing in a left-footed shot.
Substitute Ben Deegancrafted the fourth goal as his shot was blocked by a defender’s arm, and Gahgan secured the match ball with a well-taken penalty.
In the closing minutes, Deegan added the fifth after holding off two defenders.