Non-League round-up: Brig draw at Trafford

Regan Linney
Regan Linney

Bamber Bridge  moved a point clear at the top of the NPL First Division North  after earning a hard-fought  point at Trafford on Saturday.

The Flixton-based outfit are one of the in-form teams in the division, but for much of the match they were second best to Neil Reynolds’ men.

Brig should really have collected all three points but were unable to convert the numerous chances that they created.

The visitors were rocked in the seventh minute when Scott Sephton found space inside the box to head home following a corner.

Regan Linney almost equalised when he struck the post, but the youngster made no mistake when he equalised just after the half-hour mark.Linney reacted quickest inside the box to smash home.

Despite dominating the second half, Brig were unable to breach the Trafford backline as they were forced to settle for a points.

Elsewhere, Kendal beat Colwyn 2-1, but Clitheroe lost by the same scoreline at Tadcaster. Lancaster beat Stratford 3-0 in the FA Trophy.

In the NWC Premier Division, Burscough beat Maine Road 2-1.

Southport manager Kevin Davies stretched his unbeaten run to four games with Southport’s fourth successive draw away at Curzon Ashton in the National League North.

The Nash opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a goal from Ben Wharton, but a penalty from Steven Schumacher, after a foul on Jordan Hallam, levelled the scores 10 minutes later. The visitors went ahead in the 24th minute with goal from Hallam, but on the stroke of half-time, it was back to stalemate when Niall Cummings converted from a corner. In the National League, AFC Fylde lost at Aldershot 2-1.