Clitheroe potential excites Garner

Action from Clitheroe's 1-1 draw at home to Burscough on Saturday. Picture: Peter Ryan
Action from Clitheroe's 1-1 draw at home to Burscough on Saturday. Picture: Peter Ryan

Blues boss Simon Garner is excited by the potential that’s enveloped his squad at Shawbridge.

Clitheroe have won five of their previous eight outings in all competitions and picked up a point in their latest fixture against Burscough in the Evo-Stik First Division North on Saturday.

Jason Hart netted his third goal of the month in the 87th minute on home soil to cancel out Edward Toner’s first half opener to bolster the Blues’ push for a top 10 finish.

“It’s always a positive to stay unbeaten, but against a team around us in the table at home we would have liked the three points,” Garner said. “There were plenty of positives to take from the game and it helped us extend that run.

“Winning and staying unbeaten breeds confidence and the lads aren’t short of that at the moment. We’re playing well but we’re not quite at our best yet and we are nowhere near the finished article.”

Garner added: “There’s plenty of positives but there’s still a lot to improve on in my opinion. The lads are willing to work hard, listen and learn and they’ll keep developing because of that.”

With 16 league games remaining and a Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy run still alight, Garner believes that there’s much more to come. “We can’t afford a drop in form because we want these positive performances to continue,” he said, ahead of Saturday’s clash with Ossett Albion.

“It’s very exciting because the squad I’ve got is really strong. The penny will drop eventually and they’ll prove to be a top team in this league. We need to show this kind of form over a period of months because a season isn’t played over a small amount of time. They are getting there and they’ll continue to improve with this experience.

“If we’re still being consistent come the end of the season, I’ll be happy. This is a small section of the season so we need to keep it up and show we’re capable of consistency in performances and results.”