Blues keep moving on up with unbeaten run

Ian Rowlands hits the post with a header from James Walker's corner
Ian Rowlands hits the post with a header from James Walker's corner

Clitheroe stretched their unbeaten run in the Evo-Stik First Division North to four games with a 1-1 draw against Trafford at Shawbridge.

That sequence, which has seen the Blues accumulate eight points, ensured that Simon Haworth’s side remain on the cusp of the play-off places.

Clitheroe celebrate Dimitri Tuanzebe's late winner against Ossett Town

Clitheroe celebrate Dimitri Tuanzebe's late winner against Ossett Town

The hosts had trailed in the Ribble Valley when winger Filose Irakoze beat Chris Thompson in the 24th minute.

However, they were level within minutes as Bradley Carroll finished off a fine solo run when firing the ball past goalkeeper Luke Pilling.

Meanwhile, at the weekend, Clitheroe secured an impressive win over Ossett Town at the 4G Voice and Data Stadium.

The Blues responded well to the mauling at the hands of Stocksbridge in the FA Trophy

The visitors also took the lead after just three minutes when James Walker’s in-swinging corner was met by the head of new recruit Ian Rowlands only for the effort to thump the post.

Five minutes later, though, the hosts opened the scoring when managing to convert a set-piece of their own; Alex Peterson capitalising on Thompson’s failure to clear.

Clitheroe’s response was emphatic and they leveled on the quarter-of-an-hour mark. Another Walker corner caused mayhem inside the box and skipper Danny Brady eventually sent a looping header over the keeper to make it 1-1.

After the break the away side’s task of claiming maximum points was given a boost when Town were reduced to 10 men.

With Dimitri Tuanzebe threatening to break clear, the striker was hacked down by last man Andy Hawksworth.

The referee didn’t hesitate to brandish the red card.

And victory was secured in the 82nd minute when Tuanzebe scored from close range following good work from Walker down the left hand side.

Clitheroe travel to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium tomorrow to take on second place Bamber Bridge who have won three games on the bounce in all competitions.