Clitheroe boss Simon Haworth claims that he’s lost a cluster of key players at a crucial time of the campaign.
The Blues, who were downed by skipper Danny Brady’s own goal and James Hooper’s strike in a shock defeat to Radcliffe Borough at Shawbridge at the weekend, have been reduced to the skeleton of the squad.
With the club pushing for the Evo-Stik First Division North play-off spots once again, they’ll have to try and do it without Brad Carroll, Jack Egan, Joe Mitchell, Dimitri Tuanzebe.
Carroll has joined Kendal Town, Egan was recalled by his parent club Carlisle United, making the bench for the 1-1 draw against Cambridge United at Brunton Park, Mitchell is struggling with a groin strain while Tuanzebe has sustained an ankle injury.
“I’ve been better in terms of the football,” said the former Wigan Athletic striker. “The lads are just looking like they’re seeking the finish line both physically and mentally at the moment.
“We’ve lost some key players at a bad time so we’re down to the bare bones a little bit. We’re very thin on the ground. Due to our financial structure we’re not able to carry a big squad.
“I could have done with bringing another player or two in but I can’t because the transfer deadline has passed. It seems a silly rule with six games to go.
“We’ve just got to try and keep going. We’re still in contention for the play-offs with 50 points and we’ve got a cup final in there as well.”
Haworth had brought in Chris Churchman, Adam Bolton, Charlie Russell and Alaster Redmayne before the window closed.
The latter has joined the Blues from Skelmersdale United.
The midfielder spent 10 years at Liverpool, before joining Skelmersdale from the Rotherham United youth setup.
They’ll all be in the squad for the trip to Brighouse Town on Saturday with kick off at 3 p.m.