Crowe is happy to cruise in top gear

Glenn Steel directs a header towards goal against Padiham on Saturday
Glenn Steel directs a header towards goal against Padiham on Saturday
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Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe says his side is hitting top gear ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup second qualifying-round clash against Workington.

Crowe’s men travel to Cumbria unbeaten in their last 10 matches and he believes there is little difference between his NPL First Division North side and the NPL Premier Division outfit.

He said: “We would love a good cup run and we feel it is a game we have a good chance of winning.

“They are mid-table in the league above and there is not much difference between mid-table in the Premier Division and the top half of our league.

“So it should just be like playing a league game.”

Brig have stormed up the table into second place after four straight league victories but Crowe still wants more.

And the Brig boss praised his injury-hit side for winning ‘ugly’ prior to their impressive 3-1 demolition of Warrington Town on Tuesday night.

He said: “We weren’t happy with the way we have been playing. We haven’t been at our best but we are still winning matches – so you can’t argue with that.

“But Tuesday against Warrington was the best we have played all season – we thoroughly deserved the win.

“It’s a nice feeling to be second in the table. The lads have shown what they are capable of and it is up to them to produce that performance week in, week out. There is still room for improvement.”

Brig skipper Matty Kay suffered a severe head injury during Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Padiham.

Crowe said: “It is pretty bad. He went up for a header and got sandwiched between two players.

“He hasn’t got a fractured eye socket but his eye is still closed nearly a week on. We won’t rush him back – you can’t risk it with a head injury.”

Alex Taylor and Nathan Parish are still long-term absentees but George Bowyer returned from injury to make a five-minute cameo on Tuesday night and Stuart Vasey is in tomorrow’s sqaud.

And Crowe hailed versatile defender Glenn Steel and young midfielder Joey Mullen.

He said: “Glenn slotted in well in central midfield alongside Joey on Tuesday and they were both outstanding.

“Joey is still only 18 and he has gone from strength to strength and scored a great goal last Saturday. He is one to watch.”