Clitheroe RBL maintain promotion push

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CLITHEROE RBL continue to challenge for promotion after a 3-1 victory against bottom side Peel Park on a mudbath of a pitch, as they moved into second place in the East Lancashire League Second Division.

Legion started the brighter and playmaker Meyler drove the team forward at every opportunity.

He started and finished the opening goal as he broke the game up in the centre of the park and played top scorer Blackburn down the left, who unselfishly turned back on the defender to cross perfectly for Meyler, who timed his run to nod home sweetly.

Both teams lacked a little composure on the ball for the first 45 minutes, and Legion were punished against the run of play.

Peel Park equalised through two dubious decisions in a matter of seconds, as first a player used his arm to control the ball, then the through ball found the striker, who was flagged off-side only for the referee to allow the player to continue and slot home.

The game continued to frustrate Clitheroe as Clark headed the ball over the line to seemingly put the locals ahead again, only to have play-on waved again.

Legion got a rocket from manager Kay at half-time and started much better in the second, controlling the game from here on in.

It was a game of few chances and Clitheroe finally got their luck as Dearden’s corner baffled the keeper and defender to somehow find the net.

They never looked back from this and secured the game with a third.

Man of the match Hartlebury proved tireless in his workrate down the left, and it was his bullet header from left back, sending Blackburn through for his deserved goal to make it 3-1.

Blackburn was put through for a potential fourth, which the referee called off-side and then realised he had run from his own half, admitteing his fault after the game.

Hartlebury continued to threaten, even more so when he moved into a more attacking left wing position and created squandered chances, the easiest falling to veteran Blackledge, who unconvincingly powered over the bar from the edge of the box.

Hartlebury, involved in just about everything, nearly capped the game with a delicate lob from 35 yards which went agonisingly wide.

Hartlebury dedicated his performance to Hartlebury senior who will read this in Canada!

Final Score: Peel Park 1, Clitheroe RBL 3