Bamber Bridge end the campaign with a mid-table finish

After playing in back-to-back play-off finals, Brig have ended the season in mid-table.

Tuesday, 26th April 2016, 2:20 pm
Updated Tuesday, 26th April 2016, 4:23 pm
Bamber Bridge players and staff after the Prescot game

It was a campaign that was battered by the weather, a collapsed drain at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium also impacted the pitch, and a number of players left the club over the course of the season.

Former Preston North End players Paul McKenna and Brett Ormerod hung up their boots during the season, and star winger Alistair Waddecar missed three and a half months due to a knee injury.

And boss Neil Crowe admitted a 12th-placed finish in the NPL First Division North is not what they had hoped for at the start of the 2015/16 campaign.

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He said: “It is a mid-table finish, and there is about three points separating four teams.

“It is not where we wanted to be at the start of the season but we did pick up 60 points.

“We have finished there for a mix of reasons.

“The pitch has been awful to play on since November, but we can’t blame the weather.

“It has not been the best season on the pitch or off the pitch.”

And Crowe says Waddecar was a big miss whilst he was injured.

He said: “We missed Ali when he was out injured.

“He missed three and a half months and he was a big miss.

“We missed his goals and his energy, and our results improved when he came back in the side.”

Brig’s season ended with a 1-1 draw at Prescot Cables.

Waddecar opened the scoring in the 23rd minute but Cables equalised late on.

And Crowe said a draw was probably fair: “It was not the best game.

“The pitch was hard and bobbly and it was hard to get a passing game going.

“It was a pretty even game and a point apiece was probably the fair result.

“Ali took the goal well, he got past the defender and put it in the bottom corner.

“They put us under a lot of pressure in the second half and scored with about six or seven minutes to go.”