Blunt Brig aim to cut down Cables

Brig boss Neil Crowe
Brig boss Neil Crowe
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Neil Crowe has called on his Bamber Bridge side to find a cutting edge in front of goal against Prescot Cables tomorrow.

Brig lost 1-0 at home in a tight match against table-topping Curzon Ashton last weekend.

And Irongate boss Crowe believes his side should have drawn their first match of the year with the NPL First Division North leaders.

He said: “I thought we deserved at least a point. There wasn’t much between the sides. The only difference was that they scored a scrappy goal.

“We need to be more clinical in front of goal against Prescot as missed opportunities cost us the game on Saturday.”

Brig missed a penalty and slipped to fifth in the league.

But Crowe believes his side are in the mix for a play-off place.

He said: “It’s that tight and we know that one result can make us move up or down. But the top seven are moving away from the rest and we are part of that.”

Brig had a belated start to 2014 as their New Year’s Day match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

And Crowe said: “There is a good chance the game will be on against Prescot – they don’t have many games called off.”

Prescot are 19th, three points off the relegation zone and Brig travel to Merseyside anticipating a tough test.

Crowe said: “I expect them to fight for their lives. Back in September they came to our place and drew 2-2 – they scored an equaliser in the 95th minute – so we will have to be on our game.

“It’s not an easy place to go to – they are fighting for a league place but we are fighting for a play-off 
place.

“The lads are going into games believing they can win every match – they are enjoying their football.

“Prescot might have changed since we last played them. We will definitely have to battle and find our shooting boots.”

Curtis Thompson returns from a one-match ban for Brig but Matt Mahoney is still suspended.

On-loan Preston North End goalkeeper Steven James will play his last game for Bamber Bridge tomorrow.

Crowe said: “He has been a major part of our good form in the last 15 to 20 games.

“I have no doubt that Steve can do a great job a couple of leagues higher than us.”