Clitheroe boss: We have eye on play-offs

Danny Mahoney places the ball on the spot before scoring against New Mills on Saturday
Danny Mahoney places the ball on the spot before scoring against New Mills on Saturday
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ELATED Blues boss Paul Moore has one eye on the play-off spots following a spectacular victory over New Mills.

Clitheroe are well on track for a top five finish, averaging just over two points a game after 17 fixtures. Moore’s side aren’t just putting points in the bag, they’ve got the performances to boot, and the Shawbridge boss struggled to find the superlatives fitting of the second half display that saw off in-form New Mills. Danny Mahoney scored twice for the Blues, once from the spot to level proceedings and a spectacular strike to seal a 2-1 victory.

“It was awesome,” beamed Moore. “We were really under the cosh for the first 20 minutes, New Mills were excellent to be fair. But we managed to force a passage of play and equalised from the penalty spot. At the interval we changed a few things and it completely altered the complexion of the game.

“We stepped on to them and it’s the best 45 minutes of football I’ve had the privilege of watching as a manager. I was incredibly proud to be the manager of Clitheroe Football Club. It could’ve been 8-1 such was the dominance of our second half performance. We created so many chances. We rained in shots and they couldn’t escape their own half.”

Moore added: “The supporters were fantastic again. I think it was our highest travelling attendance we’ve had this season. They were rewarded with a superb display and the players got what they deserved with three points. They were brilliant.”

Of the seven fixtures that Clitheroe have played against the division’s top eight, the Blues have walked away with 13 points. But they’ve got three fixtures coming up against opposition in the bottom half of the table now, starting with Prescot Cables at Shawbridge on Saturday, kick-off 3 p.m., where a win would extend their 100 per cent run for the month and cushion their spot among the league’s elite.

“It’s very tight up there so we’ve just got to keep going,” said Moore. “If we beat Prescot Cables it will make it four league wins from four for November.

“If we win at the weekend then we can go to Radcliffe Borough midweek in the Doodson Sport Cup and enjoy the game without the pressure of picking up points. We’ll see if we can progress in the cup but the league is something we are doing really well in so that’s our main focus.”

Moore added: “We’ve got a really good side and we need to see just how far we can go. Our next target is to try and pick up 14 wins from our remaining 25 fixtures. That will take us to 73 points which should be enough for the play-offs. We’ve played most of the top sides now so it gives us a great opportunity to do that.

“The belief in the camp at the moment is unreal. It’s quite frightening really. We’ve got a great bunch of lads and the club is on a roll. We really want to reach those play-offs. We continue to keep closing the gap and at this rate we could be top by Christmas.”