Brig on revenge mission

Neil Crowe

Neil Crowe

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Bamber Bridge are aiming to set the record straight this weekend when they host Padiham at Irongate.

Brig are still smarting from the 6-1 hammering they suffered at the hands of Steve Wilkes’ men in September at The Arbories.

At the time, Crowe described the result against the NPL First Division North new boys as one of the worst days of his football career.

However, he believes the depressing defeat acted as a turning point in Brig’s season because since then they have won 15 of 22 games in all competitions.

They currently sit in the final play-off position in the table and have also won through to the semi-finals of the Lancashire FA Trophy, where they will play AFC Fylde.

By contrast, Padiham have struggled and are down in a lowly 17th spot in the table, having picked up just eight wins from their 26 league games so far.

“To be honest, we owe them one after the last time we played them,” Crowe said.

“It was a bit of an embarrassing result and we got what we deserved.

“It seemed like every time they attacked, they scored.

“They were just better than us on the day and gave us a good hammering.

“But we are not the same side as we were when we last played Padiham.

“That result has become a bit of a turning point for us.

“We had a few words in the dressing room after the game, which stayed in the dressing room, and we got it out of our system.”

Such as been the progress over the last few months, Crowe admitted he will be disappointed if his men have not secured a play-off berth at the end of the season.

“The aim has changed over the last three months,” Crowe said.

“Before, our aim was to stay in touch with the top 10.

“But we are in fifth now and we’ve got to be putting a bit of pressure on ourselves and aim to stay in the play-offs.

“There are 17 league games left and we’ve played all of the teams above us twice.

“I think we’ve just got Farsley at home but we don’t have to play the teams in the top four.

“I wouldn’t say it’s an easy run-in but, on paper, it’s a decent run-in for us.

“We have got Lancaster City to play twice, which should be two good games, and Ramsbottom on the final day of the season. But by that time you would think everything would be settled in terms of who is in the play-offs.”

Tom Williams and Danny Mahoney return to the squad after injury and suspension respectively. But George Bowyer, Lennie Reid, Greg Johnstone and Andy Bell are still missing through injury.