Clitheroe’s six-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt on Saturday as the Blues squandered a two-goal lead in a 5-2 loss against Farsley Celtic at Shawbridge.
The Blues looked on track for a sixth win in seven outings as they stormed into a 2-0 lead within the opening 16 minutes, in front of another healthy crowd of 250.
However, the West Yorkshire visitors pulled one back right on the stroke of half-time, which proved a pivotal moment, as Celtic scored four more after the restart to earn their first away win of the season.
Simon Garner’s side remain fourth in the Evo-Stik First Division North table, after their superb recent run, but they were off-colour as they suffered a rare home defeat.
Things started promisingly, as Clitheroe went in front after 14 minutes when Sefton Gonzales’ header was beaten away by Celtic keeper Tom Taylor, but Scott Harries tucked in the loose ball.
And just two minutes later it was 2-0 as skipper David Lynch was upended in the area, and Louis Mayers assumed responsibility, slotting in his eighth goal of the season.
Clitheroe looked like taking that advantage into the dressing rooms, but seconds from the break, Farlsey midfielder Ross Daly drilled a shot hard and low inside Ben Woodhead’s near post to give the visitors a lifeline.
Eight minutes after the restart, and Celtic were level as Woodhead couldn’t cleanly collect a corner, and Lewis Nightingale made him pay.
Two minutes later, Farsley got their noses in front as Paul Walker slotted home.
And it was 4-2 midway through the half when Nightingale’s corner was headed in by Paddy Miller.
And with 14 minutes remaining, Farsley put the seal on their victory when striker Aiden Savory drilled in a fifth.
Clitheroe: Woodhead, Heywood, Walker, Barski, Brady, Garner (Dent), Hession (Hampson), Lynch (c), Gonzales, Harries, Mayers.
Subs not used : Benjamin, Bonaminio, Cattermole.