Clitheroe FC victory keeps up pressure

The Clitheroe defence fight for the ball.
The Clitheroe defence fight for the ball.

Radcliffe Borough 1, Clitheroe 3

Clitheroe kept up the pressure on the teams occupying play-off places with a fine win over Radcliffe Borough on Tuesday night.

Ross Dent cancelled out Matty Chadwick’s opener, before Scott Bakkor – making his first appearance since December – and Daley Woods secured maximum points for Paul Moore’s side.

After a tight opening, the home side took the lead on 20 minutes as Chadwick latched onto a forward ball to finish past Hakan Burton.

Chadwick was proving dangerous down the right flank, and five minutes later tested Burton after neat footwork in the penalty area.

After Chris Mason stung the palms of Radcliffe keeper James Coates, the visitors drew level on 37 minutes through Dent.

Simon Nangle’s free-kick found its way to the former Hurst Green loanee, who forced the ball in for his first goal in Clitheroe colours since September.

Shortly before the break, Chadwick once again tested Burton, with the former Liverpool keeper turning a long-range free kick around the post.

With half-time approaching,, another Nangle free-kick was turned across goal by Dent, with Mason’s effort blocked on the line.

The first chance of the second-half fell to the home side as substitute Jake Pollard played in Chadwick, whose low shot was saved by Burton.

The visitors looked the team most likely, with Adam Birchall and Woods both seeing headers denied before the Blues took the lead with just over 15 minutes remaining.

After referee Joe Johnson overruled his assistant, who flagged for off-side, Mason squared for Bakkor to side-foot home after the former Rylands striker had hit Coates’ right-hand post.

With five minutes remaining, Woods notched his seventh goal of the season to seal victory as his first-time shot from the edge of the area sailed over Coates.

There was still time for Dent to force the Radcliffe stopper into a finger-tip save as the Blues ultimately ran out comfortable winners for the third time this season at Stainton Park.