Taylor is made for Brig victory run

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Bamber Bridge manager Neil Crowe believes new strike ace Alex Taylor can shoot down his former club Northwich Victoria in their crunch clash at Irongate tomorrow.

Taylor signed for the play-off contenders at the end of February and Crowe believes the hit-man can fire Brig to their fifth win in a row.

He said: “Alex is buzzing for the match – he has been superb for us since he came in.

“He has scored five or six goals for us already, he is a good footballer. We have won four matches on the bounce and I am hoping we can continue this run.”

Brig beat play-off rivals Lancaster City 2-0 at Giant Axe last Saturday and Crowe is aiming to build on that victory.

He said: “It was a big win against Lancaster and a big mental boost – it was a must-win game for us and I thought we deserved the victory.”

Crowe’s men are fifth in the NPL First Division North and currently occupy the last play-off spot.

But Brig are not underestimating in-form Northwich, who dispatched Brig’s rivals Lancaster 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Crowe said: “I went to watch Northwich against Lancaster and they look a strong side but Lancaster looked a little depleted.

“Northwich have been on a great run – they are unbeaten in the last 11 matches.”

Brig are just a point behind fourth-placed Ramsbottom with two games in hand and Crowe said: “We are trying to keep our feet on the ground.

“We have seven games left so we will see were we are in four weeks.”

Matt Lawlor and Phil Doughty are suspended for tomorrow’s clash and Roberto Bonaminio has gone travelling, leaving Paul Alexander as the only recognised centre-back.

Crowe said: “I’ve gone from four options to just one but this is the last match of Lawlor and Doughty’s suspensions and if we can get through another game without them then we should be great.

“We know we have got goals and good attacking options in the squad and we have been working on the shape of our back four.”

Crowe has been easing striker Greg Johnstone – who broke his leg last year – back into the side.

He said: “Greg has had a couple of 60-minute run-outs and then I rested him. He came back on Saturday and managed 75 minutes.”