Great spirit shows as Clitheroe bounce back from defeat

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BUOYANT Blues boss Paul Moore praised the character of his players after bouncing back immediately from their first league defeat of the campaign.

Clitheroe sunk to a 3-0 loss at the hands of Farsley at Throstle Nest at the weekend but remedied that setback with a 2-1 midweek win over rivals Bamber Bridge.

First-half goals from Alex Johnson and Simon Nangle were enough to seal maximum points for the hosts at Shawbridge, though Brig substitute Craig Carney set up a nervy final few minutes with a late strike.

“We knew we were going to get beat at some point, it was all about how we’d react to it once it happened,” said Moore.

“I’m really happy with the reaction. It was obviously about us getting back to winning ways because we were disappointed with our first defeat in the league away at Farsley, so just to get the three points was important against Bamber Bridge and put in a performance.

“They reacted well in the first half but in the second we didn’t keep the ball as well as we did in the first 45 minutes.

“They’ve been like that all season though after setbacks in the FA Cup and FA Trophy and against Marine in the Lancashire Shield, and they bounced back each time.

“It’s good to see that they’ve got that character because they’re a young squad.”

Moore’s only grievance from Tuesday was his side’s profligacy in front of goal.

Daley Woods, Lee Pugh, Rob Bodie all spurned chances while a ferocious Nangle drive from distance just cleared the bar and they were nearly punished after Carney halved the deficit when Andrew Bell and Alistair Waddecarr both went agonisingly close to snatching an equaliser for the visitors in the closing stages.

“We made it hard work for ourselves though,” said Moore.

“We were 2-0 up and could have possibly scored four or five and we just got over the line in the end.

“We’ve created plenty of chances but they’ve had plenty to snatch a draw at the end.”

The Blues are now third in the Evo-Stik First Division North table, already just 15 points shy of last season’s total.

And Moore is confident of building on that with games at Ossett Town on Saturday (kick-off 3 p.m.), and Salford City on Tuesday (7-45 p.m).

“I’d set a target of 12 points from eight games for the month and we’re already on nine so it looks like we could smash that target,” he said.

“Before the season, the initial target was 40 points and we will review that again once we hit that total. I don’t think anybody expected us to be where we are.

“We’ve lost one in 10 now which is great, and we’re on 23 points so it’s been a fantastic start, and we’re enjoying it.”