Crowe praises fans ahead of Brig finish

Photo Neil Cross'Bamber Bridge v Padiham'Alistair Waddecar slides in with Dean Overson

Photo Neil Cross'Bamber Bridge v Padiham'Alistair Waddecar slides in with Dean Overson

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Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe hailed Brig’s fans and hopes his men can reward them by toasting success next weekend.

Crowe thanked the supporters for their commitment throughout the season and hopes they can help push his men over the line in their quest to reach the promised land of the NPL Premier Division.

Brig will face Northwich Victoria next Tuesday for a one-off shot at a place in the NPL First Division final.

If Crowe’s men beat Farsley in their last match of the regular season at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Saturday, and Northwich lose, Brig will secure home advantage for Tuesday’s tie.

And Crowe said his men will try to reward the fans by treating them to a fine display.

He said: “Hopefully we can get a convincing win at home on the final day of the regular season for our fans because the support this season has been incredible.

“This year the fans have been great home and away and I’d like to say a big thanks to all of them for their continued support.”

Last season Brig narrowly lost to Ramsbottom United in the play-off final in front of a bumper home crowd.

Brig’s fans travelled in their droves to witness their 4-1 win at New Mills last weekend.

Crowe hopes the supporters can continue to be Brig’s 12th man once again and he called on the local community to get behind his side.

He said: “I’d much rather have home advantage.

“But we will go where we need to go – we know the fans will be behind us if we are away too.

“I think it was a ratio of three Bamber Bridge fans to every home fan at New Mills last weekend.

“Hopefully they can be our 12th man. Last season when we got to the final the support was brilliant at our place.

“I’d never seen it like that before in a competitive game.

“We get a big gate against PNE but that is only a pre-season friendly.

“The play-off final was the biggest competitive crowd I’ve seen.

“So we are hoping for another big turnout if we get a home tie.

“If we can beat Northwich, and Spennymoor beat Darlington, we could have a home final at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

“Hopefully the local community can come out and support us again.”

The Brig boss has his eye on the prize and hopes victory over Farsley can catapult his men to success.

He said: ““There are a few reasons why we want to win on Saturday.

“To thank the fans, we are keen to keep the momentum going and we want to go into the play-offs in form.

“We have lost at Northwich twice and we beat them at our place in February. But I’m not bothered about that – it is all about performing on Tuesday.

“I think we have only lost twice in our last 17 games.

“We have been on a great run since January and we want to carry that on.”

Brig winger Alistair Waddecar has been named in the NPL First Division North team of the year after banging in 17 goals.

Crowe praised Waddecar but believes more of his men should have been picked.

He said: “It is great for Ally and we are proud of his achievements. I thought we’d have a couple more in the team of the year. I might be biased but I thought a couple more of my team deserved recognition.”