Spectacular start to the new season for Clitheroe

Clitheroe captain David Lynch rises to win a header against Prescot Cables
Clitheroe captain David Lynch rises to win a header against Prescot Cables
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Blues boss Simon Garner spent his 33rd birthday looking down on the Welsh countryside on one of the fastest zip lines in the world.

But the Shawbridge player/manager spent the rest of his celebratory period looking up in the Evo-Stik First Division North as his squad wrapped up six points to provide the perfect gift.

The views over Penrhyn Quarry at Bethesda, Gwynedd, would’ve been breath-taking, but they were nothing in comparison to the spectacle on offer as Clitheroe beat Prescot Cables 3-1 on the opening day of the season before they added the scalp of Droylsden in a 5-1 win midweek.

On Tuesday night, the Blues fell behind after only three minutes at Droylsden to a header from Dempsey Smith.

However, Garner’s men responded superbly and simply swept away their hosts.

They were level on 16 minutes through Lloyd Dean, and went on to score three goals in four minutes, as Gregg Anderson and Scott Bakkor put Clitheroe in a commanding position.

Playing some enterprising passing football, the Blues added to their lead six minutes after the break when Joe Cooper put through his own goal under pressure from Scott Harries, and Louis Mayers deservedly got on the scoresheet nine minutes from time with Clitheroe’s fifth.

In a hugely impressive team performance, it would not have flattered the Blues had they won by a bigger margin, and the 5-1 success came on the back of an equally impressive 3-1 victory at home to Prescot Cables on Saturday.

The first half was fairly even. Mayers headed agaierside of the bar from Bakkor’s cross before Prescot took the lead after 11 minutes, when a left wing cross found it’s way to Robert Doran, who provided the finish.

Clitheroe hit back inside a minute, however, as Ross Dent got down the right and centred for Mayers to bundle the ball home.

Clitheroe had a let-off on 18 minutes when keeper Callum Jakovlevs hit a clearance straight to a forward, and the ball fell to another Prescot player, who turned the ball in, but from an off-side position.

Midway through the half, Harries and Dean combined to find Mayers, who hit the post.

Clitheroe continued to create chances, but went in level.

A minute after the restart, they went ahead direct from a Harries corner.

And eight minutes later, Harries added his second when he cut in from the left and placed a right-foot shot into the bottom corner.

Clitheroe pinned Prescot in as they looked to add to their tally, and Dean and Mayers went close, but the Blues had done enough for the points.

On Saturday, Clitheroe will look to continue their impressive start to the campaign when they travel to face Mossley (kick-off 3 p.m.).

And on Tuesday night, they entertain Darren Peacock’s Lancaster City at Shawbridge, with kick-off at 7-45 p.m.

Their FA Cup preliminary round tie at Pickering Townwill now kick-off on place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 30th.