Injury-depleted Bamber Bridge looking to turn around their form when Buxton visit Irongate

Bamber Bridge manager Jamie Milligan admits his side have been rocked by growing injury list in recent weeks.

Friday, 23rd October 2020, 2:08 pm
Bamber Bridge boss Jamie Milligan

Brig have up to nine first-team players either out injured or doubtful for Saturday’s clash at home to Buxton.

Milligan’s men have not tasted victory since the opening day of the season when they beat Matlock Town, and have lost their last four.

On Tuesday an injury-depleted side were thrashed 5-0 at Atherton Collieries, the hosts scoring four times in the opening half.

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And the Brig boss explained the extent of his side’s problems on the injury front.

He said: “Scott Burton is going to be another month or something like that, Matt Lawlor was out with his neck on the way to the game the other night – that wasn’t ideal but it can’t be helped.

“Danny Wisdom has come in and tried to see how his hamstring is. It wasn’t great so he had to come off.

“Chris Marlow got through the game to be fair to him when he came on – he’s not fully fit.

“It’s just thing after thing. We’ve probably got nine out and a lot of those players could be starting for us. Everything’s just going against us at the minute which can’t be helped, it’s football and we’ve just got to get on with it.”

Nevertheless, Milligan expects to see a response from his men this weekend when welcome the Derbyshire outfit to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

He said : “Every game we go into I’m expecting us to win. Buxton’s going to be a really tough game. They’re a decent team, with a decent manager as well so it’s going to be a tough game.

“Hopefully we’ll get a few more bodies back for the weekend and then go from there really.”

One theme of Brig’s games in recent weeks have been their generally strong finishes to games, with Milligan’s side unlucky not to pick up points at Radcliffe and Ashton United.

The boss says that he is pleased with that side of performances, but wants his team to focus on cutting out mistakes defensively which are costing goals.

He said: “A few of the games we have finished strongly. The Matlock game we finished strong, we won that game. The Radcliffe game we finished strongly, and the South Shields game we did the same.

“We’re just giving ourselves too much to do, going behind and every mistake we are making is costing us and we’re getting hit with it

“We have to work really hard to score a goal and at the minute, other teams don’t and it’s just costing us. If we can cut those mistakes out then we won’t be far off.”