Crowe’s season of frustration

Ally Waddecar was the late Brig goal hero at Brighouse
Ally Waddecar was the late Brig goal hero at Brighouse
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BAMBER Bridge will bring the curtain down on an inconsistent season when they travel to Prescot Cables tomorrow.

Brig, currently in 13th place, could finish as high as ninth if they win on Merseyside and others results go their way.

However, after reaching the play-off final for the previous two years, they have fallen short of expectations this season.

The campaign has been one which Brig boss Neil Crowe labels as ‘frustrating’.

He is looking for a strong finish at Prescot, to follow up wins in the past week against Droylsden and Brighouse.

They beat Droylsden 5-1 at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium last Saturday, then won 1-0 at Brighouse on Monday night.

Crowe told the Evening Post: “Frustrating is the word I would use to describe this season.

“We got to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup, playing a number of games to get there.

“Then in the league, we have drawn a lot of games which we should have won.

“As a team, we haven’t played that badly but we have either not taken our chances or have made mistakes to concede goals.

“Expectations were high after what we had done in the previous two season.

“I think we all expected to do better than how we have actually done.

“We can still finish ninth if we beat Prescot and a few other results go for us.

“To be in the top 10 would be nice but that is in the hands of others.

“Things have happened off the pitch too which haven’t helped.

“We had the bad weather in the winter, which meant a lot of postponements and the loss of revenue from home games.

“That has meant a hectic last few weeks to the season, with a lot of games to cram into a short space of time.

“We played seven games in a fortnight recently which is difficult with a squad of our size.

“I’m looking forward to a bit of a break because these last few weeks have been so busy.”

Ally Waddecar scored Brig’s 90th-minute winner at Brighouse, adding to the hat-trick he netted against Droylsden. Glenn Steel and Curtis Thompson were also on target in the Droylsden win.

Said Crowe: “We played very well against Droylsden, finally ending that hoodoo.

“They had always seem to beat us but we got the win this time and to be fair, could have won by even more.

“It was nice to follow that up with the win at Brighouse on Monday night.

“The pitch there was the worst we had played on this season – it was bone hard and bobbly.

“In the second half we got the ball down and played some decent stuff.

“Ally got the winner right at the end, which was great.

“We will go with the same 16 players at Prescot.”

Brig midfielder Jamie Milligan was named in the NPL First Division North team of the year.

Crowe said: “Jamie has been very good for us this season and it was nice to see him in the team of the year.

“He has been coaching in Australia for the last couple of weeks and won’t be available tomorrow.”