Blues get off to bright start under Haworth

Action from Clitheroe's win over Scarborough Athletic                  Pictures: Peter Ryan www.clitheroefc2.co.uk
Action from Clitheroe's win over Scarborough Athletic Pictures: Peter Ryan www.clitheroefc2.co.uk
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Life under new boss Simon Haworth has started impeccably well for Clitheroe.

Having gone through pre-season unbeaten, where they scored 40 goals in seven outings, the Blues have carried that fine run of form in to competitive action.

Action from Clitheroe's win over Scarborough Athletic                  Pictures: Peter Ryan www.clitheroefc2.co.uk

Action from Clitheroe's win over Scarborough Athletic Pictures: Peter Ryan www.clitheroefc2.co.uk

In the first two games of the 2016/17 Evo-Stik First Division North campaign, the Ribble Valley outfit have accumulated four points which was enough to secure third spot in the early rankings.

Against Ossett Albion on the opening day, Kurt Willoughby continued his clinical spell when breaking the deadlock in West Yorkshire.

After Adam Muller had struck the upright for the hosts, following Michael Hampson’s mistake, the one-time Fleetwood Town striker beat Brett Souter with a beautiful left-footed shot on the turn after 29 minutes.

It was Souter’s calamitous error from Kieran Thompson’s throw that allowed Dimitri Tuanzebe to double the advantage early in the second half.

Action from Clitheroe's win over Scarborough Athletic                  Pictures: Peter Ryan www.clitheroefc2.co.uk

Action from Clitheroe's win over Scarborough Athletic Pictures: Peter Ryan www.clitheroefc2.co.uk

However, the hosts fought back to claim a point with substitute Ben Walker reducing the arrears before Connor Brunt scored a stunning free-kick with five minutes remaining.

Willoughby then took his tally to three for the league term when arriving at the double in a 3-0 triumph over Scarborough Athletic at Shawbridge.

With Haworth taking charge of his first league game on home soil, the Blues took the lead just before the interval when Willoughby converted a fine solo run.

Clitheroe stretched their lead in the 74th minute when Hampson’s enticing centre was turned in to his own net by Joe Lamplough.

Willoughby then capped off a fruitful couple of days when tapping home after Jordan Porter had foiled Hampson.

On Saturday the Blues entertain Consett in the preliminary round of the FA Cup with kick off at 3 p.m.