Clitheroe assistant is looking up

Lee Sculpher (left) in his playing days for Bamber Bridge
Lee Sculpher (left) in his playing days for Bamber Bridge

CLITHEROE will look to return to winning ways this weekend when they take on bottom of the table Cammell Laird.

The Blues have picked up just one point in their last two league outings, but have been showing signs of a team beginning to find their feet again.

On Saturday, they slipped to a 2-0 away defeat at the hands of Farsley Celtic, before earning a respectable 2-2 draw away at second-placed Skelmersdale on Tuesday.

Assistant manager Lee Sculpher said he was happy with the team’s performance, and it was imperative that they continued applying themselves in a similar manner during their forthcoming games.

“We played well against Farsley, especially considering their third in the league,” he said. “It was a really encouraging performance.

‘Two individual mistakes cost us, but we did have chances to score as well.

“It was some of the best football I’ve seen us play since I’ve come back, and we took that into the Skelmersdale game.”

Clitheroe were 2-1 up in that match, courtesy of goals from Josh Hine and Ashley Parillon, but conceded an equaliser with half-an-hour left.

“We were disappointed not to get the win but a draw is still a good result against a very good Skelmersdale team,” said Sculpher.

“It was one of those games where half-time came to early.

“We scored just before the break and were really on top. We couldn’t get another though and obviously the half-time whistle meant they were able to regroup and come back out at us in the second half.”

Sculpher said it was now important the team took these encouraging performances and turned them into good results in the lead up to Christmas,

He said: “We have got a very young team. It’s not an excuse because they are all, technically some of the best players I have ever seen at this level. We just need to get them playing collectively and that is starting to come now.

“If we can string a couple of results together, it’s football, and before you know, we could be four or five unbeaten and moving our way up the table.”