Now, its not that Clitheroe are a bad side, they have won more games than they have lost this season but they came into this game on a run of bad form having not won in the league since they put 6 past Droylsden on the 14th November 2015.
Therefore, it was with a degree of guarded optimism that I paid my £7 at the turnstile last Saturday (£9 if you include the program – £10 including the golden goal draw too). Could Ossett Town pick up their first league points since they drew at home 1-1 with Brighouse Town on, yes, you guessed it, 14th November 2015?! As Ossett Town took to the pitch the omens certainly looked good when the sun shone brightly on an otherwise miserably wet and windy day.
It only took me until the second minute to realise that I had failed to win the Golden Goal prize yet again and only until the third minute for Ossett Town to have their first real threat on the Clitheroe goal. Although Moke failed to take the chance, surely many more chances would come. This is it, I thought. I sensed the promise of points. At least one and maybe three. I dared to dream. However the remaining 42 minutes or so of a painful first half were played almost entirely in the Ossett half and by the time the half time whistle blew Clitheroe had built an unassailable 3-0 lead through goals from Dent, Lynch and Gonzales Not even a mince pie could lift my spirits, but I thought I would have one anyway. Why break the habit of a lifetime?
The second half was again played largely in the Ossett half and Clitheroe scored twice more through Harris and Gonzales again before a late consolation by way of a Brown penalty for Ossett Town made the final score 1-5. Not a pleasant experience for any of the Ossett fans amongst the 101 in attendance and the dream I had dared to dream was left in tatters in the sleet-ridden turf of Ingfield
So, next stop Derbyshire on Tuesday night for Town’s match at New Mills and surely the best chance yet for Town to amass a point or three. Or maybe not! Its hard to imagine that a team that has only won one point in 23 games could be so much of a concern but New Mills picked up that solitary point in their last game and are therefore in the best form they have been in all season. Its a worry. This is a pivotal match for Town because should the unthinkable happen, it is hard to imagine that their confidence could get any lower. On the other hand, a win could turn things around somewhat and lead to the inevitable claims from the manager, players and fans alike that they can now “push on from here” and secure league safety.
I check the other results as I leave the stadium. Ossett Albion have come from behind to win 2-1 at Droylsden so its a day of mixed fortunes once again for the Ossett clubs. The Albion are away from home again on Tuesday night when they take on Mossley at Seel Park. Weather permitting, that is!