Clitheroe boss wants more!

Clitheroe boss Simon Garner is challenging his players to prove they can be part of the future at Shawbridge
Clitheroe boss Simon Garner is challenging his players to prove they can be part of the future at Shawbridge

Blues boss Simon Garner has challenged his squad to prove themselves worthy of a future at Shawbridge.

With eight games remaining in the Evo-Stik First Division North, Garner’s demanding proof from his players that they’re capable of competing at this level.

Clitheroe have won just twice in 14 league outings, losing 10 in that sequence, and Garner is expecting a vast improvement to take in to the 2014/15 campaign.

“I want to finish as strongly as we can and we’re expecting the players to play for their futures at the club,” he said.

“The aim is to get as many points on the board as possible, finish as high as we can, and assess which players are capable enough to represent the club at this level.

“I’m giving them the opportunity, now it’s up to them to grasp it.”

The latest loss came at the hands of Garner’s former club Northwich Victoria, as a goal from Aboubacar Sanogo, sandwiched inbetween a Gary Burnett double, saw the hosts cruise to a 3-0 triumph.

“We played okay but we never really looked like scoring,” Garner said. “I can’t say that we were the better team but there were some positives to take from the performance. We just lacked a cutting edge.

“Our defensive record is poor as well and we need to address that.

“We’ve only had two clean sheets since I’ve been here which is abysmal.

“We conceded three schoolboy goals and that’s something that needs rectifying.

“We had a lot of possession in the middle of the field but without really threatening.

“We worked hard but there were too many basic errors. It was frustrating as well because it was against my former club.

“They were a team I fancied us to beat, but we didn’t have enough on the day.

“It’s disappointing that we didn’t carry that performance on from Tuesday.”

Ahead of the weekend fixture with Burscough on home soil, kick-off 3 p.m., Garner is expectant of a display similar to that against New Mills last week.

Oliver McLean’s debut double and a solitary strike from Alex Ralph capped an impressive display from the Blues in a 3-2 victory last Tuesday night.

“We’re playing against another team around us on Saturday, so I’m expecting a similar display to that against New Mills. We gave 110 per cent in that fixture and that’s what I want again. We need to play on the front foot with a high tempo and take the game to them.

“I always believe we can get a result, especially at home. I believe we’re capable of beating them convincingly, but we need to start finding some consistency. I’m hoping this will be the start of a run.”

Meanwhile, the club is still on the lookout for a matchday physio. Anybody interested in the vacancy can contact chairman Anne Barker on 07709 243515.