Evo Stik League Division 1 North
Bamber Bridge 1-4 Clitheroe Milligan 13 pen Williams 5 Newby 24,64, 77 pen
Bamber Bridge ended their unbeaten run of 6 league games, with a heavy defeat at home to Clitheroe today. Tom Williams opened the scoring for the away side, with Bamber Bridge failing to clear their lines following a corner whilst Jamie Milligan equalised from the penalty spot before Alex Newby went on to score a hat-trick to seal the win for the East Lancashire side.
The game started with both sides having early chances, but the away side looked more likely to put their noses in front. Dimitri Tuanzebe found himself one-on-one with Bamber Bridge keeper Steven James four minutes in, and the striker beat James but his attempt was cleared off the line by Michael Potts.
The resultant corner led to the opening goal of the game. Gareth Roberts’ header from the corner hit the crossbar, and Tom Williams headed home soon after as a result of the home side’s poor defending.
Four minutes later Alex Newby came close for Andy Haworth’s side, shooting just over the bar on the end of a corner. However, it was the home side who scored the next goal, and it came from the penalty spot. Regan Linney was brought down by visiting keeper Chris Thompson in the box, and Jamie Milligan converted the resultant penalty- burying the ball in the bottom right-hand corner to put the home side back on level terms.
Bamber Bridge almost took the lead in the 20th minute when Michael Potts found himself with the ball in a good position, but his shot went just wide of the mark.
Clitheroe got themselves a free kick 25-yards out in the 24th minute, and it was taken impressively with Alex Newby curling the ball over the wall into the top left-hand corner to put the away side back in front.
The rest of the first half was fairly even, with little chances to note other than that of Regan Linney, whose shot was well blocked by the Clitheroe defence shortly before the break.
The away side were leading 2-1 at the half time break.
Clitheroe made a good start to the second half with Alex Newby heading just wide four minutes in.
Bamber Bridge had one of their only chances of the half in the 62nd minute, with Glenn Steel heading wide from a cross.
Clitheroe extended their lead two minutes later, with a well-worked goal. The away side hit Bamber Bridge on the break, with Alex Newby making a good run on the wing before cutting in from the left and placing the ball coolly past the keeper, who couldn’t prevent the goal despite getting a hand to it.
Roughly five minutes later Clitheroe struggled to defend a Bamber Bridge corner, and centre-half Matt Lawlor had a shot at goal for the home side but it was blocked by the Clitheroe defence.
Kitt Gregory’s ambitious attempt for the home side went wide in the 74th minute, and the away side had a penalty a couple of minutes later.
George Bowyer brought down a Clitheroe player in the box, and Alex Newby beat the keeper with a shot in the left hand corner to earn what was a well-deserved hat-trick for the striker.
Ten minutes later, Andy Haworth’s side could’ve made it five with Stavros Tserpes having a shot stopped by James, preventing the score-line from look any worse for Bamber Bridge, who sat in 2nd position before the game.
The result means that Bamber Bridge move down to third in the league table, whilst Clitheroe move up three places to fifth position.
Bamber Bridge: James, Steel, Hunter, Lawlor(c), Bowyer, Potts, Gregory, Dodd (Wilson 82), Vasey (Bell 58), Milligan, Linney (Marlow 58).
Booked: Gregory, Dodd and Wilson
Subs not used: Doughty and Wiles
Clitheroe: Thompson, Bromley, Walker, Roberts, Brady(c) (Smith 81), Rowlands, Mitchell (Knox 79), Carroll, Williams (Tserpes 46), Newby, Tuanzebe.
Sub not used: Paulat-Brigg