Clitheroe are a pale shadow as they go down at Northwich

Lanre Olapade in action for Clitheroe at Northwich Victoria on Saturday
Lanre Olapade in action for Clitheroe at Northwich Victoria on Saturday

Clitheroe suffered a sixth successive away defeat on Saturday at Northwich Victoria, and are now without a win in eight on their travels.

At Valley Road, Flixton, the Blues they failed to cope with a bouncy pitch and forthright opposition, in a game of very few chances.

Danny Morton had an early clear sight of goal after a great burst by Danny Wilkins, but he shot tamely at the keeper, and the ball was turned round for a corner.

But on seven minutes, a big Northwich punt down field was missed by Charlie Collinge, and with his centre back partner Dominic Barrett back pedalling, Vics forward Gary Burnett stabbed home Michael Clarke’s pull back from the bye-line.

A minute later a cross from the left bounced dangerously in the Clitheroe area, but no-one could apply the finishing touch.

On 17 minutes, Oli McLean hobbled off with a hamstring injury, to be replaced by Paul Coote.

Ben Proctor made a smart save on 33 minutes from Northwich’s excellent centre forward Burnett, and five minutes later was called upon to tip a shot round the post.

No changes were made at half-time, and again Clitheroe started brightly.

James Walker had a couple of decent efforts handy shots from range and Dominic Barrett had a 20-yard shot whistle past the post.

At that point the game was evenly balanced.

However, on 78 minutes, Proctor ran from his area to close down Burnett, but, he was caught in no man’s land and the ball was fed to debutant Aboubacar Sanogo to bundle into the net.

Coote had an acrobatic overhead kick balloon over before, on 89 minutes, Collinge was outmuscled again and Burnett easily rounded Proctor to put a slightly false gloss on the score.

Simon Garner will be hoping that the friendlier surroundings of Shawbridge will get the side back on track.

Clitheroe: Proctor, Olapade, Walker, Collinge, Barrett, Nangle, Byrom, Wilkins, Morton, McLean, Ralph Subs: Wedge, Coote, McNamara, Bailey, Garner.