Clitheroe 2 Prescot Cables 0

CHRIS Mason and Scott Bakkor scored their first goals for Clitheroe as Paul Moore’s side won for the fourth match in succession.

Despite creating a number of good chances, the Blues were made to work for their victory by a combative Prescot Cables who belied their lowly league position.

The game was five minutes old when Danny Mahoney sent Mason clear only for keeper Nick Culkin to make a smart save and thwart the former Guiseley striker.

Daley Woods again tested the ex-Manchester United stopper before Mason’s volley from the edge of the penalty area whistled inches past the upright.

Prescot posed a constant threat throughout the opening period and with 20 minutes on the clock John Bathurst headed Callum Hoctor’s cross wide of the post.

But despite not being at their most fluent, the Blues edged ahead when Mason latched onto Nangle’s through ball and finished with a crisp low finish past Culkin.

The Shawbridge outfit started the second period brightly with Bell firing a shot into the side-netting before Woods exchanged passes with Mahoney only to be denied by Culkin.

Scott Bakkor was introduced from the substitute’s bench shortly before the hour mark and went on to enjoy an eventful debut. Culkin repelled his 64th minute shot following Mason’s ball over the top and saved again from the 19-year-old moments later after he was freed by Woods.

While all that separated the teams was a single goal, Prescot retained an interest in the game and the hosts overcame an anxious final ten minutes before securing victory. The Blues finally sealed victory deep into added on time as Bakkor capped his impressive cameo appearance with a debut goal.

Taking the ball in his stride on the halfway line, the former Rylands forward played the ball around the last defender before bearing down on goal and finishing calmly.

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