Gilchrist gets first win as Ossett Town beat Clitheroe

ERIC Gilchrist secured his first win as Ossett Town manager with a 2-0 win over Clitheroe at Stade France on Saturday.

Martyn Scully and Ryan Laight scored the goals that gave Town the Evo-Stik Division 1 North points - Gilchrist's first since taking sole control of the team after Phil Sharpe's departure.

The kick-off was delayed to the visitors' late arrival - owing to an accident on the M62 en-route to Ossett - but it didn't stop the Lancastrians making the brighter start.

They had plenty of the ball and kept Gilchrist's men pegged in their own half for much of the first 15 minutes but couldn't turn that into goals.

They were made to pay when Town took the lead with their first threatening attack in the 15th minute. Neil Towler was the architect, crossing for Scully to leave the midfielder with a simple tap-in from six yards.

Clitheroe continued to attack and were guilty of more missed chances as half-time approached, Ash Parillon wasting two good chances in front of goal.

The game followed a similar pattern in the second half and Town again scored with their first real attack of the half. Ryan Laight headed home from a corner to give the hosts a two-goal cushion.

It was enough for three points, although Clitheroe substitute Duncan Whitmore did hit the post late on.

It was a win double for Ossett at the weekend, with Ossett Albion also picking up three big points with a 3-1 win at Woodley Sports.

They had to do it the hard way after falling behind to a 14th-minute John Marsden strike. Kurtis Noble levelled four minutes before the break and Joe Fox gave Albion a 72nd-minute lead before Alex Brooker wrapped up the points in added time.

The victory for the Warehouse Systems Stadium club saw them shoot up to 16th in the table, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

That didn't help Wakefield FC, who remain in the bottom two following their 2-0 defeat at mid-table Salford City. Darren Hockenhull fired City ahead from the penalty spot five minutes into the second half before Jamie Rother sealed the win.

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