Brig are aiming to click into gear

Paul McKenna was unable to inspire Brig to victory against Burscough
Paul McKenna was unable to inspire Brig to victory against Burscough
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Don’t write us off yet – that is the message from assistant boss Neil Reynolds after Bamber Bridge saw their winless run stretch to four league games on Tuesday night.

The Irongate men were beaten 1-0 by Burscough at Victoria Park, which now means they have picked up just two points out of a possible 12.

Billed as one of the pre-season title favourites in the NPL First Division, Brig are struggling to live up to the hype at the moment.

They find themselves in a lowly 13th spot in the table – and a gap of 11 points has now opened up between themselves and Spennymoor Town, who occupy the final play-off position.

Neil Crowe’s men have had opportunities to cut that gap this week, but they could only manage a draw against Spennymoor on Saturday and failed to take advantage of the fact that their fixture against the Linnets was the only game to go ahead in the division in midweek.

However, Reynolds believes it is only a matter of time before the team clicks into gear and starts to pick up wins.

“Everyone knows who has been watching us over the last few years, we always get into our stride after Christmas – so don’t write us off yet,” Reynolds said.

“For whatever reason which don’t seem to be able to win the physical battle on the pitch – the ability of the lads is not in question but the other side is lacking. We will get it right though.

“Fair play to Burscough on Tuesday, they scored before half-time and held onto their lead which in truth was rarely threatened.”

It does not get any easier for Brig this weekend as they travel to high-flying Glossop North End.

The Hillmen are in third spot in the table having picked up 10 wins so far this season, although they face Brig on the the back of two straight defeats. Brig are set to be without winger Ally Waddecar once more as he continues his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury.

Crowe has also lost the services of young striker Sam Joel, who has returned to parent club Blackburn Rovers after a stint on loan at the Sir Tom Finney stadium.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the division, Kendal town travel to Droylsden and Clitheroe visit Ossett Albion.

In the National League, Southport are away to play-off hopefuls Eastleigh.