Blues boss Simon Haworth is in experimental mode ahead of the new season as he looks to concoct a winning formula.
The former Wigan Athletic striker is attempting to introduce a new way of playing at Shawbridge after enticing target man Sefton Gonzales back to the Ribble Valley.
Clitheroe have been in good form during pre-season, losing once in six games, but Haworth feels that the transition to adopt a new brand of football is taking slightly longer than anticipated.
Haworth, who just missed out on guiding the Blues to the Evo-Stik First Division North play-offs in his first season in management, said: “It’s taking longer to get where we want to be with certain things.
“We’ve brought big Sefton (Gonzales) back, which has given us a target man to work with. The transition to play that way is just taking slightly longer than I expected.
“We need to go and play off him, join in the attacks and get bodies around him but we’re still stuck in how we played last year.
“We needed the physical presence because we missed that edge at times last season. He’s got three goals in as many games for us so far.
“We’re getting there slowly but I’m hoping that we can kick on a little bit more. We’ve essentially got a Conference North striker playing in our league. He enjoyed his football here and he did well the first time round.
“There was still a lot of interest in him from clubs at a much higher level so I’m really looking forward to working with him.
“We’re playing in second gear a little bit. I’m just hoping to get things to gel in time so we can hit the ground running.”
Clitheroe saw off Silsden at Keighley Road on Saturday as Ollie Crankshaw scored the only goal of the game with a 77th minute header.
They host Workington AFC in their final friendly on Saturday before opening their campaign against Droylsden on home soil on August 12th.
“If I can find the right formula then things will look promising,” said Haworth.