Consistency is the key for Clitheroe boss Garner

Seydou Bamba
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Blues boss Simon Garner believes his side foster the potential to hit the ‘super six’.

Clitheroe’s most fruitful spell this term arrived in October when they won three successive league games against Burscough, Brighouse Town and Harrogate Railway Athletic as well as dumping Droylsden out of the FA Trophy in the preliminary round.

The weekend victory against Dave Pace’s high-flying Bloods ensured the Blues registered a fifth triumph in six outings in all competitions.

But Garner is challenging his players to up that consistency even further by landing a six-game winning streak.

“I’m not getting carried away but I told the players it’s up to them with what they want to achieve,” he said. “There’s not many teams that will beat us in this league when we play to our full potential.

“Injuries and suspensions can obviously hamper you but we’ve got a great squad.

“They are a great group of lads so I’m hoping they stick together and keep winning games.”

Garner added: “Our best is four wins in a row so to win six will obviously help. We will concentrate on ourselves and see where it takes us.

“We’ve got the quality in the dressing room to achieve that though. If they keep performing to these levels then they’ll keep picking up the wins.”

Adam Morning had seemingly earned a point for the visitors at Shawbridge when cancelling out strikes from Cory Bent and Seydou Bamba but Kenny Mayers secured maximum points in the 88th minute.

“It was good again though it was closer than I would have liked,” Garner said. “They pegged us back twice and then we scored the winner in the last minute.

“We thoroughly deserved the win though. We played some good football and defended really well. We were superb in the second half and worked well as a team.”

Clitheroe travel to Church Lane on Saturday, praying for another victory that could make a further impression on the Evo-Stik First Division North standings.

Games against Burscough and Ossett Albion then round off the month.

“It’s a building process,” Garner said. “It’s taken me over a year to assemble this squad but it’s up there with some of the best in the league now.

“They are becoming more consistent and they’ve just come out of a big game against a big team in the top five with three points.

“The test is now with three games against opposition below us in the table. We need to be up for those games so it will be a test of their attitudes.

“We need to win these games if we want to climb the table because in the past these are the games that have tripped us up.

“You’ve always got to be at your best in this division. There’s a really good togetherness which comes with winning games and a rise in confidence.

“If they are up for it then they will win these three games but they’ve got to work as hard as they have been doing in recent games.”