Sickness stops Clitheroe FC boss playing

Clitheroe FC manager, Simon Garner.
Clitheroe FC manager, Simon Garner.

Not even illness can deter Blues boss Simon Garner from watching his resurgent Shawbridge side at present.

Garner had been expected to start in Saturday’s sensational comeback at Burscough, but was forced to undertake a watching brief due to sickness prior to kick off.

But his young side soldiered on to overturn a two-goal deficit to snatch maximum points in stoppage time. “I’d been a bit rough leading up to the game and then I deteriorated,” he said. “I had planned on starting. But it was a superb result even though we didn’t get off to the ideal start.

“What pleased me most was the character the players showed and the reaction to going 2-0 down. We had a young side out so it was good to see them pull through without any experienced heads on the field.”

Clitheroe have picked up 10 points from four league fixtures in November, but with three games remaining in the month Garner is refusing to look at personal accolades: “I haven’t thought about the Manager of the Month award,” he said. “I’d rather keep under the radar.”