Big week awaits Brig

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The first of two huge derby encounters this week await Bamber Bridge tonight (Tuesday).

Neil Crowe’s men welcome Lancaster City to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium for an important NPL First Division North fixture.

Then on Saturday, Brig host Chorley in the FA Cup third round of qualifying.

Boss Neil Crowe said: “We’ve got a big week coming up.

“We’ve got a big game against Lancaster tonight and then an even bigger game on Saturday against Chorley.

“We’re really looking forward to it.

“There should be a massive crowd for Saturday – we’re hoping there might be 2,000 on.”

Brig will be looking to bounce back against the Dolly Blues after losing 3-0 away to league leaders Salford City on Saturday – their second successive defeat.

The loss has seen them drop to eighth in the table – three points ahead of an improving Lancaster, who enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Brighouse Town at the weekend.

Crowe added: “Lancaster have picked up over the last few weeks and we have picked up a few injuries.”

Matt Mahoney, Matt Lawlor and Joey Mullen are all very doubtful for this evening and rated at 50/50 for the match against the Magpies.

Meanwhile, Crowe felt the scoreline on Saturday slightly flattered Salford.

The Ammies, who are backed by Singapore billionaire Peter Lim and former Manchester United legends Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, were fortunate to lead 1-0 at the interval.

Then a mix-up in the Brig defence seconds after the start of the second half killed the game and Crowe’s men eventually lost 3-0.

“I thought we were a bit unlucky to be 1-0 down at half-time to be fair,” Crowe said.

“It was an even first half but we conceded 10 seconds after start of the second half and it was a uphill struggle after that.

“But Salford’s front three are the best I have seen at this level.

“I would be very surprised if they don’t win the league this season.

Meanwhile, AFC Fylde continue to set the pace at the top of the Conference North.

They are currently on a seven-match winning streak and on Tuesday night they travel to Tamworth.

The Coasters’ great start to the season led to manager Dave Challinor being presented with the manager of the month award for September.

Burscough are away to Warrington Town on Tuesday.