Five star Clitheroe get back on track by thumping Town

The Blues celebrate during victory over Ossett Town. Picture: Peter Ryan
The Blues celebrate during victory over Ossett Town. Picture: Peter Ryan
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Five star Blues picked up their first maximum of the calendar year following the demolition of Ossett Town at the 4G Voice and Data Stadium.

Simon Garner’s men remained in contention for a play-off place courtesy of a brace apiece for Ross Dent and Sefton Gonzales while Christopher Lynch added to the scoresheet in a 5-1 triumph.

Clitheroe, in their quest for a first win in the Evo-Stik Premier Division North since mid-November, started off on the back foot in West Yorkshire and they were reliant on Jimmy Walker to save the day as he headed off the line to foil Tawanda Rupere once Ben Woodhead had initially denied Fernando Moke.

The hosts pressed again moments later and Woodhead was called in to action again to save from Luke Mangham at full stretch.

However, the away side’s response was clinical as they took the lead in the 10th minute. Garner’s incisive pass released Danny Brady and the defender’s looping cross was met by a cushioned volley from Dent that beat Chris Backhouse.

Louis Mayers’s snap shot from Gonzales’s flick on drew a fine save from Backhouse in the 17th minute before Lynch doubled the advantage midway through the half, drilling through a crowd of players from the edge of the box.

By this stage the visitors were well and truly in command and there seemed little that Town could do to curb the tide. That proved to be the case in the 37th minute when the unplayable Gonzales wriggled free, saw his first shot parried, but the striker made no mistake with the rebound.

David Lynch replaced Brandon Barski at the interval and the level of domination went up another notch. On 57 minutes, the indefatigable Dent took the ball on the edge of the box and curled his shot wide.

After the midfielder was refused a spot kick having been flattened inside the box, he wasn’t to be refused a second goal of the afternoon.

Scott Harries hit the bye-line from Gonzales’s pass, crashing in to the hoardings in the process, and his centre picked out Dent who made it 4-0. Dent had the opportunity to secure his hat-trick just 60 seconds after netting, but he blazed over the bar.

The Blues completed the rout in the 70th minute when substitute Scott Bakkor threaded Gonzales through down the left hand side and the former Stockport County forward found an extra yard of space to close in on goal before thumping a shot past Backhouse at his near post.

Clitheroe’s pressure in the final 20 minutes was sustained but a momentary lapse allowed the hosts to grab a consolation.

Garner conceded the penalty and David Brown converted from 12 yards as the game ended 5-1.

Clitheroe XI: Woodhead, Heywood, Walker, Chris Lynch, Brady, Garner, Harries, Dent, Gonzales, Mayers, Barski. Subs: Bakkor, Bonaminio, Willoughby, David Lynch, Cattermole.