Brig into second qualifying round of FA Cup - plus non-league round-up

Bamber Bridge  eased through to the second qualifying round stage of the FA Cup thanks to a convincing second half performance away at West Allotment Celtic.

By Craig Salmon
Sunday, 5th September 2021, 11:47 am
Updated Sunday, 5th September 2021, 11:50 am

Although the scoreline suggests an easy win for Brig, the game was very much in the balance at half-time with the scores level at half-time.

However, Brig pulled away after the interval, running in six goals against the Northern League outfit.

It was Matt Dudley who opened the scoring after 20 minutes, meeting a Ryan White cross with a firm header.

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Matt Dudley opened the scoring for Brig (photo: Ruth Hornby)

However, the visitors’ performance turned sloppy and their hosts equalised courtesy of Regan Paterson on 35 minutes.

Sheldon Green had gone close a couple of times but Brig boss Jamie Milligan needed a big response from his players in the second period and he got it.

Craig Carney nudged his side back with a deflected effort on 57 minutes and a few minutes later Ewan Bange swept the ball home after a great move involving Cameron Gourley and Matt Thompson.

Green made it 4-1 when he headed across the keeper from a Luke Higham free-kick and the game was up for the hosts soon after when Carney rounded the keeper to slot home.

A great dribble by Rob Apter in the 79th minute ended in him slotting the ball into the corner and the scoring for Brig was completed when Green fired home just a minute later.

Mikel Thompson scored a consolation goal in the last minute.

Elsewhere in the cup, a solitary strike from tom Kilifin saw Lancaster City edge past Northwich 1874 at Giant Axe. Kendal Town, though, were beaten by a similar scoreline at home to Warrington Town.

Clitheroe’ s interest in the competition came to an end after they were beaten 1-0 at City of Liverpool.

Longridge Town enjoyed a superb 5-1 victory over Lower Breck in the NWC Premier Division. Tre Pemberton, Brandon Lee, Jordan Southworth, Moses Yoak and Keaton Mulvey were the goalscorers.

Burscough drew 2-2 at Wythenshawe Town and Garstang thrashed Ilkley town 6-2.

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