Race for play-offs will be a tight affair, says Brig boss Milligan

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Bamber Bridge boss Jamie Milligan reckons many teams in the NPL Premier Division will fancy their chances of earning a play-off place this season.

Brig – who finished third last season and reached the play-off final before losing to Warrington Town – currently find themselves in a mid-table spot.

However, Milligan believes his team has every chance of repeating their exploits of the last campaign.

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"We are right bang in the middle,” said Milligan, who watched his team fight back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Morpeth on Saturday before another comeback victory saw them defeat Atherton Collieries 2-1 on Tuesday.

"We are only four or five points off the play-offs and I think it’s going to be a tight league once again. I think to earn a play-off place this year, the points total you will need might be lower.

"But one or two clubs might run away with it. Radcliffe look strong and I would back them to go up but the rest of us, I think it’s going to be very tight.”

This weekend, Brig travel to Ilkeston Town, who are currently sixth in the table.

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"They have had some good results,” said Milligan. “I think their pitch is astro turf so it should suit the way we play.”

Fixtures: Lancaster City v Ashton United (FA Cup), Chasetown v Clitheroe, Burscough v Pilkington, Longridge Town v AFC Liverpool, Ramsbottom United v Charnock Richard, Wythenshawe Town v Kendal Town, Euxton Villa v Bacup Borough, Route One Rovers v Garstang.