Clitheroe produced one of the performances of the night on Tuesday to end Kendal Town’s unbeaten start – responding superbly to Saturday’s heavy defeat at Spennymoor Town.
The Blues won 3-1 at Parkside Roadwith goals from Michael Hampson, and two on his full debut for Callum Hendry, son of Colin, signed on a work experience loan from Blackburn Rovers last week.
That came on the back of a 5-0 reverse in the north east at Spennymoor, Clitheroe’s second defeat of the season.
Against the Mint Cakes, Hampson gave Simon Garner’s men an early lead, netting in the seventh minute.
The hosts were level on 20 minutes, however, through Rob Wilson.
Six minutes before the break, Hendry headed his first goal to restore the lead.
In the second half, the Blues enjoyed a spell of pressure as they won four successive corners, which came to nothing.
Kendal had a late equaliser disallowed for off-side, but Clitheroe sealed victory three minutes from time as Hendry bagged his second, again heading home, as the Blues climbed to seventh in the Evo-Stik First Division North table.
On Saturday, Clitheroe fell behind at Spennymoor after 13 minutes as Anthony Peacock brought the ball down superbly, before turning to fire past Callum Jakovlevs.
And six minutes later it was 2-0 as Liam Henderson scored at the second attempt at the far post, after an initial save from Jakovlevs.
The Blues struggled as an attacking force in the first half, failing to register a shot on target, and two minutes after the restart it was effectively game over as Jakovlevs did brilliantly to deny Andrew Stephenson, but James Risborough finished the rebound.
Seven minutes later, Peacock lifted the ball over centre back Gregg Anderson, and Nathan Fisher finished inside the near post.
And on 76 minutes, Town went nap as a corner was headed in by substitute Shane Henry.
The Blues are back in action on Saturday at Marine in the Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round, the sides’ first meeting in the cup since 2006.