Clitheroe back to winning ways after remarkable game

Action from Clitheroe's 6-4 win  against Kendal Town at Shawbridge on Saturday. Picture: Peter Ryan
Action from Clitheroe's 6-4 win against Kendal Town at Shawbridge on Saturday. Picture: Peter Ryan

Clitheroe got back to winning ways in a remarkable game at Shawbridge on Saturday.

The Blues named new signing Zac Dale and birthday boy Peter Collinge in the starting line-up, and were ahead after only two minutes when Ross Dent nudged the ball past Liam Bleeker in the Kendal goal after sustained pressure.

The Blues looked lively as they seemed carve through their opponents’ defence at will, Cory Bent and Jay Hart linking up well, while Dent and Dale seemed unplayable.

Midway through the half it was 2-0 when Sefton Gonzales was pulled down in the box, a soft penalty, which was converted by Gonzales for his 17th of the season.

The Blues continued their attacking onslaught, captain David Lynch this time with the finish, a six-yard header which left Bleeker embarrassed further in the 27th minute.

The 258-strong crowd waited a mere four minutes for the next goal, as a sloppy sliced clearance played Kendal’s Zach Clark in on goal, confidently passing the ball into Collinge’s bottom right.

But it wasn’t long before order was restored, Hart this time, firing past Bleeker in the 33rd minute.

Just before the break, however, Seydou Bamba was adjudged to have brought down Jordan Connerton in the box, a decision which infuriated Blue players, managerial staff and fans alike. The penalty was scored by Connerton and all of a sudden Clitheroe looked under pressure.

Kendal commenced the second half but only two minutes later Clitheroe found themselves restarting the game from the centre spot after half-time substitute Jack Keller finished past Collinge.

The score now 4-3, Garner’s Blues stepped up a gear, showing some of the finest football seen of late at Shawbridge as they tore the Town defence apart.

Roberto Bonaminio was unlucky in hitting the bar from a thunderous free kick in the 49th minute.

Garner was then introduced for Dent, and had his cross blocked by a stray Danny Forbes arm, referee Gibbons pointing to the spot for the third time on 68 minutes.

Gonzales again despatched the penalty, down the middle for his second of the game.

At 5-3 the Shawbridge side pushed for six, and it came in frpm a glorious 78th-minute Louis Mayers free kick.

Taken from just outside the box, Bleeker stood no chance as Mayers’ curling strike was guided into the top right of the net.

But it took only one minute for the Mint Cakes to respond as Andrew Byrom finished off the scoring with a delicate chip over Collinge.

Ending 6-4, the result left neither defence happy, but does mean Clitheroe move onto 41 points, four ahead of Kendal.

However, a win for Lancaster City keeps the Blues in 12th position and five points away from 10th placed Mossley.

Clitheroe: Collinge, Morton, Bamba, Bonaminio, Esdaille, Dent (Garner 55), Dale, Lynch (c), Gonzales, Hart (Mayers 73), Bent (Burns 73). Subs: Walker, Cattermole.