Ally up for big award

Ally Waddecar
Ally Waddecar
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  • Wing wizard Ally Waddecar up for award
  • Bamber Bridge travel to promotion rivals Scarborough on Saturday
  • Midfielder Simon Wiles suffers serious injury
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Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe tipped wing wizard Alistair Waddecar to bag a top national award.

Midfielder Waddecar has scored 16 times this term and has been nominated for the NPL League Pitchero Supporters’ Player of the Season crown.

He fully deserves the recognition that he is getting.

And Crowe hailed ‘Mr Consistent’ Waddecar for helping fourth-placed Brig mount a late push for the NPL First Division North title.

He said: “A couple of seasons ago Ally set his own standard. He has played consistently to that level in more than 250 games for us and he is still only 24.

“Ally brings energy, skill and his goals. He is a massive part of our team.

“He fully deserves the recognition that he is
getting.”

Crowe’s men have won their last three games and travel to face fifth-placed Scarborough Athletic for a rearranged fixture tomorrow.

The original match was controversially postponed 31 minutes in, when Brig were a goal up, due to a serious knee injury to Seadogs captain Chris Bolder.

At the time Brig were livid with the decision but Crowe has put the incident in the past and is preparing his men for battle.

He said: “It is the biggest game of the season so far, that is how big it is.

“It is what they call a six-pointer. They are three points behind us – if they win they draw level on points with us.

“They are a big strong, physical side and they have a big pitch but we are going there full of confidence.

“We drew 0-0 with them earlier this month and I think we shaded it. The better chances fell to us and we missed a penalty.”

Defender Matt Lawlor scored twice in Brig’s 4-2 midweek victory over Brighouse Town and has just signed a contract committing his future to Brig until 2017.

Former PNE striker Jon Macken is back in training and Crowe has been bolstered by the form of new signing Danny Mahoney.

Crowe said: “Danny has been a revelation since he has come in. It is his fourth time with us.

“He is our groundsman and he first came to the club when he was 18-years-old – kids.

“Matt has signed a contract that will keep him with us until 2017. He has been consistently very good for two seasons.”

Crowe revealed midfielder Simon Wiles is giving up the game due to a knee injury.

He said: “Simon is out for the season. He has been more or less told he won’t be able to play football again on medical grounds. It is a massive blow.

“But he is going to stick around next season – he 
might be joining the coaching staff.”