Clitheroe show character to earn deserved away win

Nangle as double as Clitheroe pick up welcome three points at Albion
Nangle as double as Clitheroe pick up welcome three points at Albion

Clitheroe fully deserved victory in this hugely entertaining game, albeit each side could have scored a hatful of goals.

An impressive debut from new centre forward Lloyd Dean, Chris Dykes’s best game in a blue shirt and Jack Higgins in full cry proved too much for the home side.

The first 10 minutes saw few chances made, however, a foul on Dykes 20 yards from goal after 12 minutes proved too tempting for Simon Nangle, who whipped the ball on the full into the home goal.

Nangle almost provided a second as a deep corner was headed back across goal, and he whipped a cross in, with Dean just wide.

On 21 minutes, Dean drove into the box and slipped Scott Bakkor through on goal, who was then summarily upended, and Nangle converted the penalty.

The Clitheroe pressure did not let up, and Aaron Fleming on his full debut was proving a handful to the home defence.

On 27 minutes, Dykes rode two challenges only to shoot just wide.

Dean made several more good chances in quick succession and it was only good work from the home keeper which denied him.

As half-time approached, Albion upped the tempo, and against the run of play a home corner was only half cleared, and the driven follow up was headed in with a bullet header from close range by Adam Muller.

Clitheroe were still not done and Dykes skilfully releasing Fleming, whose shot was smothered.

The travelling fans were hoping that the Blues did not try and sit back on the lead, and once Clitheroe had survived a pinball scare one minute into the second half, they continued to push forward.

After the hour, Ashley Mihell, Dean and Fleming all went close.

A scuffed goal kick from Mottram was hammered back towards goal with interest and he had to be alert to tip it round the post, and he had to be grateful for a goal line clearance from a shot which was struck through a forest of legs with 10 minutes to go.

But the Blues’ character saw them home.