Ossett Town 0, Bamber Bridge 2

Michael Muscat
Michael Muscat
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  • Muscat double seals 2-0 win for Bamber Bridge away at Ossett Town
  • Victory sees Neil Crowe’s men move to fourth spot in the NPL First Division North
  • Team records their third successive clean sheet
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Michael Muscat bagged himself a brace of goals as Bamber Bridge ran out comfortable winners against Ossett Town.

The on-loan Fleetwood Town defender opened the scoring in the 40th minute and he scored his and Brig’s second five minutes after the interval.

Victory for Brig completed a league double over Town as well as seeing them move into fourth spot in the NPL Premier First Division North table. They also recorded their third consecutive clean sheet.

Boss Neil Crowe was forced into making one change, defender Glenn Steel was ruled out with a back injury so in came the returning Paul McKenna with the versatile Danny Mahoney slotting in at right back.

Bamber Bridge made a quick start at the 4G Voice and Data stadium with lively midfielder Curtis Thompson drilling a shot wide of goal in the opening 30 seconds.

Lee Dovey was not troubled when comfortably catching a Joe Brennan header while McKenna’s rising shot sailed over the bar. Town’s direct style of play wasn’t troubling the Brig back line.

Five minutes before the break a neat bit of play between Thompson and Vasey saw Brig win a corner, and from the resulting set piece Muscat’s initial header was blocked.

But after a short spell of head tennis, the rebound dropped to the defender and he showed great skill, volleying past Brad Dixon from 12 yards.

Buoyed by their goal, Brig went in search of a second and Vasey stung the palms of Dixon with a shot from the left.

The first action of the second half saw Dovey comfortably catch a looping Nick Wood header.

Five minutes into the half, Brig were awarded a free-kick on the far left of the penalty box and it was from that they scored a second.

McKenna curled the ball in, unmarked was Muscat and he directed a header into the top right corner.

The second goal gave Brig some breathing space and it was evident in their play with Thompson and McKenna dictating things from the middle of the park.

Regan Linney almost made an instant impact but he could only blaze over Lawlor’s knock down from the edge of the box.

As the game entered its final stages, Lawlor found space in the area from a Green corner, he controlled the ball with his chest before unleashing a volley which rattled the crossbar.

Bamber Bridge: Dovey, Mahoney, Marlow, Lawlor (c), Muscat, Thompson, Waddecar, McKenna, Vasey (Linney 64), Green, Pickup (Alexander 73)
Subs not used: Reynolds, Barton (gk)Referee: Nick Hawksby