Garner not concerned by Fergie’s Fledglings

Simon Garner
Simon Garner

Blues boss Simon Garner isn’t concerned whether the “Class of 92” show up at Shawbridge on Saturday.

Former Manchester United favourites Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt took over the Ammies earlier in the year and have helped propel the club in to title contention in the Evo-Stik First Division North under the stewardship of Phil Power.

But Garner understands that Fergie’s Fledglings can’t do any damage from the stands, meaning he’ll be more focussed on stopping hotshots Gareth Seddon and Daniel Webber.

“It would be nice if they turn up,” he said. “There’s no guarantees that they’ll be there but there’s a small chance. They’ve got other commitments so we’ll see.

“I’m more bothered about the game though but it’ll be nice for everyone else involved at the club, including the fans, if they are at the game. I’m just focussed on beating Salford City and getting that winning mentality back.”

Clitheroe climbed to 11th in the table in recent weeks after taking 10 points from four league fixtures. However, after a 2-0 loss on home soil to Premier Division outfit Workington in the FA Trophy last weekend, the Blues were beaten 3-1 against Bamber Bridge at the Tom Finney Stadium midweek.

Meanwhile, City go in to the game on the back of their first defeat of the season. Cavell Coo and goalkeeper Josh Cook were both dismissed in the 6-0 thumping at the hands of Kendal Town.

“It’s a massive game,” he said. “Football is mad though. We were on a good run and now suddenly we’ve lost twice. Salford are the favourites for the league but these are the teams you want to play against. It’s another good test for the lads.

“They are coming off a heavy loss against Kendal though. They had two men sent off which wouldn’t have helped - and one of them was the goalkeeper - but the 6-0 defeat was very surprising.

“We’ve nothing to fear. Everything suggests that they should beat us but football doesn’t always work like that. We’re not in it just to turn up. I’m confident in my lads and there’s no reason why we can’t win the game if we give it everything.”