Blues boss Simon Garner won’t need the heat of a bonfire to stay warm at the moment.
Winter may be coming, but Clitheroe’s season in the Evo-Stik First Division North is hotting up.
And the Shawbridge chief has sensed a positive glow emanating from his players after a 3-0 win over Harrogate Railway Athletic consolidated their place in the play-off spots.
The result secured the club’s third win in succession and included a second clean sheet on the bounce for new signing Ben Woodhead.
“We’ve had three good results and we’ve earned ourselves a good position in the league,” Garner said. “As we stand everything is rosy but we don’t like to take anything for granted.
“The lads were great again on Saturday and it’s the first time this season that we’ve been able to string together three wins on the bounce.
Garner added: “It makes a huge difference. We were up and down before. We managed to keep ourselves in a decent position but it was frustrating because we were so unpredictable.
“We’ve only conceded one goal in those three games as well with two clean sheets.
“That’s something else we’ll be looking to build on. We know we’re capable of creating chances and scoring goals so it’s a bonus that we’re now keeping it out at the other end.”
There won’t be any firework displays just yet, however. With 26 games still remaining, starting against Prescot Cables at Valerie Park on Saturday, Garner isn’t getting carried away.
“On paper we’ve got some good fixtures coming up but we know that means very little unless we apply ourselves properly.
“We know we’ll be given a game every time we play so our standards need to be high.
“The lads have got the understanding that they’ve got an opportunity to be successful if they want it enough. It’s going to require a lot of hard work but we’re capable of establishing ourselves.”