Squires Gate 3 Clitheroe 2: Match report

Gate came from 2-0 down at half-time to beat their Evo-Stik North visitors and boost their build-up to the 2017/18 season.

Sunday, 16th July 2017, 12:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:45 am
Gary Pett scores Gate's winner  Picture: ALBERT COOPER
Gary Pett scores Gate's winner Picture: ALBERT COOPER

New signing Garry Pett scored twice in an impressive fightback by Danny Penswick’s men, who conceded twice in the first 15 minutes.

Clitheroe, who narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season, opened the scoring with a curling shot into the top corner by ex-Gate player Robbie Bromley after seven minutes.

Kurt Willoughby added the second, set up by striker partner Sefton Gonzales.

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Even so, Gate weren’t outplayed in the first half and grabbed a goal back five minutes afterthe restart, Brett Dawson coolly converting a penalty he had won himself.

Half-time substitute Ben Fletcher made a crucial save on his first Gate appearance before fellow new boy Gary Pett fired the equaliser into the roof of thenet from 20 yards.

Right-back Jordan Casey’s shot struck the inside of the post but midfielder Pett netted the winner with a low free-kick on 77 minutes.

Having won two friendlies, Gate host a Fleetwood Town 11 on Wednesday (7.30pm).

MARK ASHMORE

Gate: Webb, Carroll, Penswick, Trialist, Douthwaite, Hall, Colqhoun, Pett, Ing, Williams, Dawson. Subs: Moorhead, Fletcher, Smith, Casey, Green, Parker, Triallst, Buchan, Cornwell.