Blues earn home tie in quarter-finals

Action from Clitheroe's 2-1 defeat at Tadcaster Albion                                             Pictures: Peter Ryan
Action from Clitheroe's 2-1 defeat at Tadcaster Albion Pictures: Peter Ryan

Clitheroe sent holders Ashton Athletic packing from the Partners Foundation LFA Challenge Trophy on Tuesday night, as the Blues claimed a quarter-final berth.

Simon Haworth’s side travelled to Brocstedes Park to face the North West Counties Premier Division outfit for a rearranged tie, and came away with a convincing 3-0 victory.

And Clitheroe will now host Radcliffe Borough at Shawbridge in the last eight, in December.

George West had two early sights of goal before the hosts won and squandered a penalty, as Joel Brownhill hit the post.

Justice was served, as Chris Thompson was harshly adjudged to have committed a foul in making a save.

Kurt Willoughby drilled a shot just past the post, and West then headed Robbie Bromley’s free kick wide.

Four minutes before the break, Joe Mitchell was clipped in the box, and Willougby confidently finished from the spot.

Clitheroe maintained the pressure after the break, and won a second penalty just before the hour, with Alex Newby this time taking, with the same outcome.

And 10 minutes from time, West, who had threatened on a number of occasions, rifled a 20-yarder into the top corner.

On Saturday, the Blues lost 2-1 at Tadcaster Albion.

Clitheroe handed Burnley scholar Leighton Egan his debut in a role behind the strikers, and the Blues showed real attacking intent.

Newby and Carroll went close, before, against the run of play, Tadcaster took the lead when an inswinging corner caused panic and was stabbed home by Thomas Corner.

The Blues continued to dominate play in the second half, and from a deep Bromley corner on 52 minutes, Ian Rowlands saw his header cleared off the line.

But on 61 minutes, Corner produced a first-time finish from a cross to double the lead.

Within a minute, West pulled one back as the keeper’s punched clearance from a free kick fell at his feet, and he lobbed it home, but the hosts held on.

Clitheroe host Hyde United on Saturday.