Crowe thrilled by college link-up

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Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe is hugely excited by the club’s new partnership with Preston’s College.

The link-up will see the club have a reserve team next season – made up primarily of students.

They will represent Brig in the midweek Lancashire League on Monday nights, with home games played at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

There will also be scope for Crowe to use the reserve team for players in his first-team squad, who require game time or who are coming back from injury. It is four years since Brig boasted a second string, which was cut due to financial reasons.

Crowe told the Evening Post: “The college is cutting its ties with AFC Fylde and approached us last year just before Christmas. “They asked us if we would be interested in them being our reserve team.

“We had a couple of meetings with them and agreed.

“It’s a good thing. I think it’s a step forward for the club.

“They will run as our reserve team. Their academy has got a lot of good players which they can choose from.

“There’s also training facilities on offer at the college. If I have lads coming back from injury, they can then go and play in the reserve team.”

Crowe will also be hoping some of the students will then graduate to Brig’s first team squad.

“Even if we just get one player a season, then it’s doing it’s job,” Crowe said.

Meanwhile, Brig will be looking to get their first league victory of 2015 when they welcome Harrogate Railway Athletic to Irongate tomorrow.

Two losses and postponements means Brig have not had chance to close the gap on the teams in the NPL First Division North play-off positions.

“I think Harrogate have won 10 out of their last 12 games, but they have just sold their leading goalscorer to Darlington last week – he will be a big miss for them,” he said.

Elsewhere, Clitheroe face Burscough and Kendal Town host Droylsden.