Hurricane helped Brig admits Crowe

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Hurricane Gonzalo halted Bamber Bridge’s midweek clash and boss Neil Crowe was glad for the respite.

Brig’s FA Trophy replay against Lancaster City was postponed on Tuesday night after the Sir Tom Finney Stadium was ravaged by wind.

Despite damage to roofing Crowe revealed tomorrow’s tasty home derby clash against Kendal Town will go ahead.

He said: “The wind has died down now and it won’t be a problem tomorrow.”

Brig are back in NPL First Division North action after drawing 1-1 with the Dolly Blues in the Trophy last Saturday.

Crowe revealed he was pleased the replay was called off and is looking forward to a fierce contest in the rearranged clash next Tuesday.

He said: “At the far end of the pitch, a piece of corrugated roof panel became loose.

“The referee inspected it and decided it was a risk.

“If someone was taking a corner near it they could have been hit so it was called off.

“To be honest, the wind would have ruined what would have been a good game.

“We like playing our football on the deck and the wind would really affect both sides.”

Nathan Parish is Crowe’s only absentee, as captain Matty Kay is set to return from injury tomorrow. Brig are ninth in the league table and Crowe believes the enforced rest can help his men to victory over 11th-placed Kendal.

He said: “Games have been coming thick and fast recently.

“We have been playing Saturday-Tuesday week in, week out and at this level, players need that couple of days’ rest – which we have had.

“It is a derby but a lot of the lads know each other. There is a lot of competition and competitiveness but after the match, that all goes away.

“We will approach it like every other game and hopefully come away with the result.”

Crowe signed 19-year-old Bolton keeper Harry Campbell on a one-month loan yesterday.

Brig drew 1-1 at Kendal in August and Crowe is expecting an improved performance from both sides.

He said: “We played them early on in the season and I don’t think either team was at its best.”

Elsewhere in the NPL First Division North, Clitheroe travel to Brighouse Town and Burscough face Darlington 1883 away.