Steely Clitheroe bounce back

Simon Garner in action against New Mills.
Simon Garner in action against New Mills.
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Clitheroe bounced back from defeat on Saturday with a determined win over Mossley at Shawbridge.

The Blues raced into a 2-0 lead within 25 minutes on Tuesday night courtesy of goals from Scott Bakkor and Ben Cartwright.

Mossley managed to pull one back before the break despite being down to 10 men and midway through the second half found themselves down to nine after another red.

Clitheroe finally secured the three points when Danny Smith made it 3-1 in the 88th minute. Mossley still had time to get another player sent off before the final whistle, finishing the game with eight men.

It was a good win following a disappointing defeat away to New Mills at the weekend, when the Blues failed to recover from a sluggish start.

Four minutes were on the clock, when Garner lost the ball near the edge of his box. The home striker shaped up to hit the ball, and managed a deflected shot which fortuitously freed up a fellow striker, in a suspiciously offside position, to take the lead.

Things became worse on 14 minutes as long time Clitheroe nemesis, Melville Knight, ignored the shouts for a blatant hand ball as he scooped the ball past the defence and scored from close range.

The Clitheroe team gathered their thoughts and shape, and managed a handful of chances over the next 20 minutes. Dean drove a left-footed shot wide after 25 minutes, Will James just failed to get his shot down from a Garner corner and a Dent diving header from a deep Dykes cross just failed to hit the target.

The second half was far better from a Clitheroe perspective. Within a minute of the restart, Smith had sliced wide a flicked on drive from James. Garner was increasingly involved in a personal war with the home team’s play maker Knight, and both saw yellow as the away team started to grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

On 78 minutes, Dean scored the goal of the season to date as he weaved in from the left and let fly from distance with a terrific blow, to reduce the arrears. Clitheroe could have snatched an unlikely point four minutes later, when Collinge in the home nets spilled a Smith free kick and Garner following up shaved the outside of the post.

The result was probably a fair reflection on the day, although but for the slow start, it could have been a different story.

Clitheroe are home to Prescot Cables on Saturday before a trip to Lancaster on Tuesday.