Prescot Cables were narrowly beaten at Clitheroe on Saturday afternoon in a game that they were unlucky not to take a point from.
In an even opening half, both sides created chances. Sean Myler, Ethan Van-Aston and Dale Korie-Butler all had opportunities to give the Pesky Bulls the lead. Van-Aston was also denied at least two clear penalties after first being clipped in the area and then, after switching to the left wing, receiving an elbow to the face as he drove into the box.
The second half saw Cables tire as the contest went on. The midweek trip to Sunderland and subsequent late return clearly had an impact as one or two legs became weary. New signing Jamie Rainford came on ten minutes into the second half but struggled to get into the game, though having only met some of his teammates an hour before kick-off, this was perhaps understandable.
Clitheroe scored what turned out to be the winner just after the hour mark. Having won the ball up field, Clitheroe attacked inside the Cables full-back position and Ross Dent was able to tap home.
Cables nearly snatched an equaliser in the dying minutes when MJ Monaghan hit the bar with a shot from inside the box. This was however as good as it got for Prescot who were then reduced to 10 men in added time when John Edgerton was shown a second yellow card as Clitheroe held on for the points.
Cables XI: Allen, Edgerton, Johnstone (A. Fleming 84) McCulloch, Cooper, Van-Aston (Corness 75) White, Myler Monaghan, Korie-Butler (Rainford 55) Hamilton
MOTM: James Cooper, for a solid defensive performance throughout.