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Star date: 11th March 2012

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HILLBILLY DAY OUT

When the final whistle went yesterday, Clitheroe celebrated like they'd just won the World Cup – or was it just 'cos they'd had a day out in the big city? Whatever. Another dodgy penalty saw Salford's play off hopes disappear like the smoke coming off Clitheroe's horse and carts as they headed back to the hills in some kind of triumph.

Match report and photos here…


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Salford fans were so looking forward to singing `You're getting sacked in the morning' to the new Clitheroe manager. But instead it was `Where did you get that hat' – serenaded to a Clitheroe sub warming up in a bonnet he must have borrowed from some overgrown baby…

Yep, that's the first half covered. A rubbish hat was the highlight. No, seriously. That's all there is to report. Half time 0-0.

In the second half we didn't see the hat again – and neither did we see the real Salford City. The Salford City who had thrashed Durham last week hardly had a shot at goal. One on-target header in the whole game, crashed against the underside of the bar and down onto (and over?) the goal line by Matthew Tierney from an Adam Morning corner. And that was it, with Salford keeper Chris Howarth busy blocking the few shots that Clitheroe could muster.

The game had 0-0 written all over it – as well as a few other things, like rubbish, dreadful, lamentable and other stuff that Clitheroe fans can't spell – when a soft penalty was awarded late on…

A Clitheroe attacker tripped over his hooves and fell flat on his face in the area. The ref pointed the spot. Clitheroe scored. And that was the cue for the wild celebrations at the end.

While the hillbillies straddled their horse and carts and headed back to the back of beyond, Salford City fans were left to rue yet another poor performance against a crap bottom five team.

This season, Salford have dropped points against relegation candidates Prescott Cables, Ossett Albion, Mossley, Harrogate Railway and now Clitheroe, getting dragged down to their dire footballing levels. Had Salford taken full points off these teams we'd be sitting in a comfortable promotion place. Now even the play-offs are but a dream…

Photos by Andrew Goudie and Gareth Lyons

Main photo by Andrew Goudie shows Matthew Tierney's header hit the goal line after crashing down from the underside of the bar - but was it over the line?

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