Crucial 48 hours awaiting Crowe

Brig celebrate scoring against Droylsden

Brig celebrate scoring against Droylsden

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Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe has urged his players to rise to the challenge this Easter weekend.

Crowe is aiming to put Brig’s promotion push back on track by bagging six points in the space of 48 hours.

Brig host Ossett Albion at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium tomorrow and travel to neighbours Burscough on Easter Monday.

And Crowe has called on his players to bounce back from a 4-3 defeat at Droylsden last weekend and fight for a play-off spot. He said: “Individual errors cost us at Droylsden.

“We didn’t play badly on the day and we created enough chances to win the game.

“It shouldn’t need me at this stage in the season to motivate the players. If they want to get into the play-offs and if they want to get promotion, they will have to be at their best.

“When they are on their game they know they can beat anyone in the league.

“It is up to the players to perform – it is in our hands.”

Brig are fifth in the NPL First Division North table and currently occupy the last play-off spot with a five-point cushion over sixth-placed Mossley.

And Crowe hopes his men can do one better than last year and clinch promotion.

Brig were narrowly beaten 3-2 by Ramsbottom United in last year’s First Division North play-off final.

But he thinks his side has become a very a different beast since then. He said: “I think the title is just out of our grasp – we are looking at a play-off spot.

“The hardest thing for us this year is replicating what we did last year.

“I said I wanted to be in touch with the play-offs in March and we are currently in a play-off spot with five games to go.

“We are a much stronger team now than what we were 12 months ago.

“We’re moving forward in the right direction.”

But with five games left, Crowe in not underestimating anyone – especially tomorrow’s opposition Ossett ,who are on a three-match winning streak.

He said: “It will be a difficult game. They beat Prescot Cables 1-0 at home last week. They are usually a big side and we are not taking anyone for granted.”

Crowe is boosted by the return of defender Matt Lawlor but after scoring his first goal for the club last weekend, former PNE striker Jon Macken is a doubt.