Blues cruise through in FA Cup after five-star display

Action from Sunday's FA Cup win at Pickering Town''''''''Pic: Peter Ryan
Action from Sunday's FA Cup win at Pickering Town''''''''Pic: Peter Ryan
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Clitheroe cruised into the first qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup with a hugely impressive 5-1 win at Pickering Town on Sunday.

The Blues will now travel to Marine on Saturday, September 12th.

There was an early blow as player-manager Simon Garner was forced off injured, replaced by Ryan Cattermole after five minutes, but five minutes later Clitheroe went ahead through Scott Harries.

The hosts squandered a couple of chances to level matters, before the temperature of the game was raised with some feisty challenges.

And right on half-time, the Blues doubled their lead as they were awarded a penalty, which Scott Bakkor stuck away.

Four minutes into injury time, Clitheroe added a third, with a terrific effort from Jack Lynch, to all but seal progress to the next round.

Pickering responded well, and carved out a couple of openings, but again failed to take them.

Clitheroe made their final two substitutions as Ross Dent came on for Lloyd Dean and Michael Hampson replaced Bakkor, and 10 minutes from time, Louis Mayers rubber-stamped the Blues’ victory with a fourth goal.

Two minutes later Pickering netted a consolation through Ryan Cooper, but Clitheroe went nap as Mayers scored a carbon copy of his first goal.

Clitheroe lined up: Jakovlevs, Heywood, Garner, Brady, Anderson, J.Lynch, Bakkor, D.Lynch, Mayers, Dean, Harries. Subs, Dent, Hampson, Hession, Cattermole, Dunn, Barski.

The Blues are next in action on Saturday in the league at Spennymoor Town, before a trip to Kendal on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, former Clitheroe loan man Duncan Watmore is in line for his England Under 21 debut at Deepdale tonight against the USA (kick-off 7-45 p.m.).

he 21-year-old, who started his career by coming through the youth ranks with non-League Altrincham.

The 21-year-old Sunderland man joined the Blues on loan from Altrincham during 2011/12, spending four weeks on loan at Shawbridge, before breaking into the Altrincham team and eventually joining Sunderland a year later.

Watmore said ahead of the game: “I’ve come here via a strange route in non-League and not being involved with England until the U20s, so I have come through a bit later than the other lads.

“It’s a different route, but I’m happy that I’ve done it that way and I was able to experience a different type of game in non-League.

“I was still doing my A-Levels and going through uni, so it gave me lots of other opportunities and I’m grateful for tha.

“It allowed me to do that because of the way I came through football, I didn’t have to leave when I was 16 to come into the game full-time.”

The game is live on BT Sport. Tickets are £10 adults, £5 juniors – call 0844 856 1966 or e-mail