Brig set for fiery contest

Neil Reynolds

Neil Reynolds

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Bamber Bridge will have to fight fire with fire tomorrow when they travel to face Ossett Town.

The Reds are on the charge in the NPL First Division North and have targeted a late surge into the play-offs.

At first glance of the table, it appears that the top four have broken away from the rest and Brig are in a three-way battle with Ramsbottom United and Lancaster City for the last remaining play-off place.

However, Ossett – who are in eighth spot – have won won 11 and lost only two of their previous 17 games in all competitions.

Their 2-2 draw at Ramsbottom in midweek saw them move to within eight points of Neil Crowe’s men, who moved back into fifth spot courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Burscough at Irongate on Tuesday.

Brig assistant boss Neil Reynolds is wary of the threat of Ossett and believes tomorrow is a great opportunity to put some clear daylight between themselves and the Reds in the table.

“I am going to be realistic and say that the four teams above us – Curzon Ashton, Warrington, Farsley and Darlington – just seem to be a few points ahead of us,” Reynolds conceded

“At the minute if you look at the table there are three teams – ourselves, Lancaster and Rammy – who are bunched together and going for that fifth spot.

“It can all change though. If we don’t go and win at Ossett Town and Lancaster and Rammy don’t win, then it could open it back up again.

“A team below us like Ossett can put a run together and get in the play-off mix.

“What we have to do now is eliminate all those teams around us to try to give us a chance of getting that fifth spot.”

Brig’s destiny is certainly in their own hands as none of their remaining 13 games are against the top four.

As well as tomorrow’s crunch clash against Ossett, Crowe’s men also face two blockbuster matches against derby rivals Lancaster next month with a potential play-off decider at Ramsbottom on the final day of the season.

“We are where we’d like to be at this stage of the season,” said Reynolds.

“If you look at our run-in, we haven’t got to play any of the teams above us.

“They are all against teams who are below us in the table, although I am not saying they are going to be easy games – far from it.

“But we are right there in with a shout.”

Brig enjoyed a 3-2 success over Kendal Town on Saturday with new signing Alex Taylor scoring on his debut against his former club.

The striker spent last season at Northwich Victoria, where he was the player of the year.