Bamber Bridge go in search of their fifth successive win at Farsley Celtic this weekend without star striker Brett Ormerod, who has announced his retirement from playing.
The former Preston, Blackpool and Southampton striker joined Brig at the start of the season after a glittering career in the professional game, which saw him grace the Premier League and play in the FA Cup final.
Recently, Ormerod has been absent from the team after suffering a calf strain and has now decided the time is right to hang up his boots after 20-plus years involved in senior football
“It was a tough decision, but I think it’s the right time,” Ormerod said.“I had a calf injury and have been waking up after games feeling like someone has beaten me up.
“With all the pitches being heavy after the bad weather we’ve had I decided to call it a day. In my head I’m still a 21-year-old striker and want to run around like one, but in reality I was more like the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz. It’s the right decision.”
Ormerod said his greatest moment in the game was scoring the winning goal for Blackpool in the 2010 play-off final which saw the club win promotion to the Premier League, but he added: “I have been so lucky to play for some incredible clubs.
“I did well really to play for the likes of Leeds, Nottingham Forest, Wigan, Preston, Southampton, all great clubs which huge traditions.
“Even in non-league I loved my time with Accrington and right at the end with Bamber Bridge.”
Meanwhile, Saturday sees Brig take on fellow form side Celtic at Throstle Nest .
The midweek 2-1 success over Witton Albion in the Doodson Cup at Wincham Park was the Irongate men’s fourth successive win.
If you thought that was good, then you would be even more impressed by Farsley’s recent record. They have won their last 10 games in all competitions.
Eight of those victories have arrived in the league and that has propelled them to ninth in the table, five points clear of Brig, who do have three games in hand. “They are a pretty similar side to ourselves,” said Crowe.
“They are a good footballing side and they have been on a terrific run recently. They are five points ahead of us after beating Harrogate in midweek.”