Blues take positives in defeat

Simon Garner sets up an another attack.
Simon Garner sets up an another attack.

Clitheroe claimed a 3-1 win at home to Curzon Ashton on Tuesday night as their preparations for the forthcoming season take shape.

The Blues fell behind to a free kick after only two minutes, but Clitheroe recovered well and went on to dominant the first half.

Sefton Gonzales in action against Stockport County

Sefton Gonzales in action against Stockport County

They were level on the half hour when player-manager Simon Garner’s corner was headed in by new signing Brandon Barski.

However, Curzon regained the lead on 50 minutes from the spot, before sealing victory seven minutes later.

Clitheroe took many piositives out of a 3-0 defeat at home to Conference North side Stockport County on Saturday.

Jonny Hession sent an effort wide of the right-hand post, before Hession latched onto a pass from Ross Dent, only to hit the bar with the goal gaping.

Midway through the first half, Lamin Colley put County ahead at the third attempt.

The Hatters doubled their lead after half an hour when Abdulai Bell-Baggie curled a shot beyond Callum Jakovlevs.

The Blues came out firing after the break, as County keeper Danny Hurst was forced into action three times to deny substitutes Jamie Matthews and Dom Mulkerrin, and Sefton Gonzales.

With 20 minutes remaining, Stockport added a third goal with their first opening of the second half, as Bell-Baggie’s free kick was headed home by Karl Ledsham.

Garner fired wide late on, as Clitheroe searched for a deserved consolation goal.

Clitheroe host Ramsbottom on Saturday, kick-off 3 p.m.

l Clitheroe have been drawn at home to Prescot Cables in the first round of the Integro Doodson Cup First Round, to be played on Tuesday, November 10th.