Clitheroe youth team reach Trophy semi-final

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Clitheroe’s youth team have matched the senior side’s achievement in reaching a Trophy Semi-Final after winning 2-1 at Poulton on Sunday.

In their first season together, the boy Blues are one step away from the Syndicate Trust Youth Trophy Finals after goals from Eddy Drake and Aiden Ratcliffe - with Simon Garner’s first team in the LFA Challenge Trophy semis at Leyland against Atherton Collieries in a fortnight.

On a tricky surface Clitheroe started the brighter, and Levi Barnes went close from 20 yards, firing just wide.

A good move soon after saw Ratcliffe go through on goal with only the keeper to beat. However Poulton’s shot stopper did well to save his effort.

On 15 minutes, Lewis Cumpsty managed to get a shot away from a tight angle which beat the keeper, but was brilliantly cleared off the line by a Poulton defender.

Clitheroe got the goal they deserved on 18 minutes when Kieren Grimshaw expertly put Drake through on goal, who rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home.

Poulton had their first chance soon after but the number nine shot wide. Clitheroe then went route one, when Josh Pomfret cleared a pass back which went over Poulton’s back four and Barnes only had the keeper to beat. Once again though the number one saved well.

Just before half-time Cattermole tried from range, but saw the ball whistling just over the bar.

Clitheroe started the second half well and Jack Hargreaves’ run and shot was well saved.

Poulton were now having their best spell of the game and had some good chances to draw level. First a free kick went just over the bar, then a good shot was well held by Pomfret.

On the hour, a Poulton midfielder hit a thunderbolt of a volley from 25 yards but Pomfret was equal to it, tipping over the bar.

Clitheroe’s back four of Exell, Tom Jackson, Brooks and Lloyd were on top form and managed to cope with the pressure.

Clitheroe then got a second goal,as a superb cross from Cumpsty was met by Ratcliffe who finished well.

Poulton put more pressure on for Clitheroe’s defence in the final stages of the game and halved the deficit when a loose ball in the box was fired home with the last kick of the game.

Leyland Albion, Charnock Richard or Bolton Lads and Girls Club await Bartlett’s side in the last four.