Clitheroe FC boss upset at ‘schoolboy errors’

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A WIND of change is to sweep through Shawbridge as Blues boss Carl Garner looks to improve his side’s fortunes.

The charismatic coach has endured ample misfortune to date, particularly with his contracted players.

“I’ve worked tirelessly to bring in quality players,” said Garner. “I’ve been working every hour God sends to improve the team. But Ashley Parillon has been absent, hopefully he’ll return at weekend, Chris Smalley is now unavailable for selection and Jack Higgins is still out through injury.

“Even the fourth, Steve Mercer, is playing with an injury. Contracted players are the strength and core of any team in non-league football.”

Despite leading twice in their previous encounters against Trafford and Prescot Cables, the Blues have been defeated 3-2 and 2-1 respectively. And Garner believes it is unprofessional mistakes that have cost them. “I’ve left no stone unturned,” Garner said. “I’ve literally tried everything to improve the quality of this football club. We just seem so fragile mentally; as soon as something goes against us we just fall to pieces. We are just getting punished by basic schoolboy errors.”

Garner has been happy with the commitment of his starting XI but is questioning the attitude of the remainder of his squad. Now he’s looking to make changes.

“I’m really disappointed with the attitude and application of players who aren’t playing at the moment,” said Garner. “I can’t fault the players who took to the field on Saturday and Tuesday night. It’s the players that aren’t playing that are affecting us.

“The squad is going to be getting a complete overhaul. I’ll be looking to move three or four players on and there may be one addition coming in before weekend.”

He added: “Our record looks awful and it’s tearing my heart out. Losing four games on the bounce is horrendous and it’s compounded by the fact it’s the start of the season.”

Garner has acquired the services of former Blackburn Rovers and Preston defender Marlon Broomes, a major coup for the Blues. Fleetwood Town’s Liam Wynn and Ryan Tanner have also joined on loan.

“I thought Marlon was outstanding in everything he did,” Garner said. “He brought a calmness to the defence and his attitude was exemplary. He gave us everything we were looking for. I thought both lads from Fleetwood did a good job as well, particularly Liam Wynn who I believed was man of the match.”