Blues Look To 'Bridge Gap

Blues Look To 'Bridge Gap

By Pete Oliver
17 October
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Key men back as Phil Brown's men launch five-game home run

The Blues kick off their marathon home run on Saturday with boss Phil Brown looking to stay up with the play-off pace.

Eighth-placed Clitheroe face Kendal Town in a game brought forward from later in the season.

And with a couple of other changes confirmed to the fixture list, the Blues are facing the prospect of five successive home games and seven of their next eight league matches at Shawbridge.

“You would prefer it if it was a little bit more balanced, but it is what it is,” admitted Brown, whose side was on a three-game winning run before last Saturday’s FA Trophy Exit to Prescot Cables.

“We have won games at home. We weren’t good enough last week and we were off the pace but we’ve got a good opportunity to bounce back.

“Kendal have picked up a bit and climbed off the bottom. It will be another difficult game, we’re under no illusions about that.

“But I like the look of our squad. There’s a good vibe about it in training and match-days.

“We’re only a point away from the play-off positions. It’s still early but hopefully we can click into gear on Saturday and pick up another win.”

Brown hopes to have a couple of key players back as the Blues bid to repeat their August win over Kendal, who are yet to win away but have since collected six points to move up to 18th place in the BetVictor North-West table.

Central defender Jordan Downing is available again and close to extending his loan spell from Stockport County.

And skipper Charlie Russell is set to return in central midfield after illness restricted him to a substitute’s role last Saturday.

Meanwhile, Brown has allowed a couple of players to leave Shawbridge, with left-back Cole Lonsdale being released and young goalkeeper Cameron Terry moving on in search of more regular action following the impact of summer signing Connor King in the number-one shirt.

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