Super-sub Charlie Mulgrew fired the Blues up to second place in the table with a derby-day victory over Ramsbottom.
Mulgrew came off the bench to score the second-half winner after Jacob Gregory’s opener at Shawbridge as Phil Brown’s boys secured a fourth straight win in the Bet-Victor North-West Division.
The in-form Blues also made it back-to-back home wins to continue their rapid rise into the play-off places in front of a fantastic crowd of 352.
After a number of games fell victim to the weather, the Blues’ groundstaff did an excellent job to get the game on.
And Brown’s men took full advantage as they avenged a 2-0 defeat at Ramsbottom last month.
The Blues had to soak up their share of early pressure with September player-of-the-month Connor King making a fine save from Mason Fawns.
But Clitheroe’s front three always carried a threat and when the Blues broke away with 27 minutes gone it was Gregory who joined the attack to cut in and curl home a classy finish.
The Blues pressed for a second before the break but three minutes into the second half they were pegged back when Nic Evangelinos found space in the box to fire home an equaliser.
Brown then made his first change, sending on Mulgrew in place of Gray.
And the move paid immediate dividends just four minutes later as Mulgrew got forward to fire home from inside the penalty area and restore the Blues’ advantage.
The hosts then had to dig deep late on to preserve their lead as the Rams tried to rescue a point.
But the Blues refused to buckle again, keeping the visitors at bay to claim another big win towards what is shaping up to be a sustained promotion challenge.
Clitheroe: King, Jackson, Gray (Mulgrew 55), Dean, Foulds, Russell, Gregory, Carney, Wood, Cummings, Gaul (Downing 80). Substitutes: Connelly, Downing, Dugdale, Muir, Mulgrew.
Ramsbottom: Stewart, Hampson, Kennedy, Moran (Hmami 75), Thompson, Murphy, Fishwick (Osi-Efa 59), Rother, Gooden (Perkins 75), Fawns, Evangelinos. Substitutes: Perkins, Lugsden, Ellison.