After picking up one point in four Evo-Stik First Division North fixtures, Blues boss Simon Garner is eager to get back to winning ways to stay in touching distance of the top five.
Clitheroe haven’t won in the league since mid-November, when braces from Michael Hampson and Jonny Hession, plus strikes from Sefton Gonzales and Scott Harries cemented a 6-1 thumping against Droylsden at Shawbridge.
Since then they’ve lost to Farsley Celtic, Ossett Albion and Warrington Town – conceding 16 goals in that sequence – though they took another point off leaders Northwich Victoria.
Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Trafford at Shawe View, Garner said: “We need to get back to winning ways and embark on another run.
“We’ve got some really tough games coming up, but we need to accumulate points if we’re going to challenge
“Teams will be wanting to push on over the second half of the season now, and we need to do the same. Everyone from around 12th upwards are looking to break in to that top five. We need to kick on.”
He added: “Hopefully lessons will have been learned from our last defeat. We were punished for our mistakes and it was quite a harsh lesson really after being three goals down inside 20 minutes.
“We were great against Chorley in the cup and against Northwich, but we need to stay at those levels every week if we want to achieve anything. We can’t afford to let those high standards slip.”
The Blues are just three points shy of Burscough who occupy the final play-off spot, and they have the opportunity to close the gap on rivals above with games in hand.
And Garner is looking to bolster his squad to make the most of this opportunity. “There’s nothing over the pocket as yet,” he said.
“We are actively seeking though, because we’re short on numbers. We need to strengthen due to the size of the squad, and freshen things up a bit so that we can have a push at it.”
Meanwhile, Clitheroe will be looking to go again on Tuesday night in their re-arranged Integro Doodson Sports League Cup tie against Workington at Borough Park.
“If we get through this round then you’d have to think we have a great chance of doing well in the competition,” said Garner.
“It’s a tough test for us because they’re in the top five in the division above us. It’s also a long journey midweek as well.
“They’re a very good side, but we’ll do our best to get through. We want to do as well as we can because it’s realistically the only trophy that we’re challenging for. We’ve got to take it seriously. We know a bit about them because they beat us 2-0 in the FA Trophy last season. We gave them a good game and we’ll look to do the same again.”