Neil Crowe believes Bamber Bridge can bounce back and reignite their play-off push in a make-or-break Easter weekend that starts with a visit to Radcliffe Borough tomorrow.
Brig’s seven-match unbeaten run ended on Tuesday night with a 4-0 defeat at Northwich Victoria.
But Crowe’s men are still fourth in the NPL First Division and continue to occupy a play-off spot.
And the Brig manager believes the shock result was the jolt the team needed to fire their promotion push.
He said: “I didn’t see the loss coming – we gave away two very sloppy goals and the referee awarded a penalty straight after the break that I didn’t agree with.
“But at the end of the day we were beaten by the better side and I’m hoping it serves as a kick up the backside that we needed to go and win our last three matches.”
Radcliffe are fighting their own battle at the opposite end of the table.
Borough are 18th in the league but Crowe is not underestimating the opposition.
He said: “It will be a tough test, it is a hard place to go to and they seem to have picked up some form in the last few weeks.
“All of our games are going to be tough matches – they are three of the biggest games we have ever faced.”
Brig beat Radcliffe 4-0 at Irongate back in August and Crowe wants more of the same.
He said: “I’m hoping for a similar result – hopefully the lads learnt a lesson on Tuesday night that they need to earn the right to win a game.”
Brig have been rocked by the potential loss of influential captain Matty Kay.
He had to be brought off injured on Tuesday night and Crowe is concerned about the fitness of his captain.
He said: “Matty came off, which is a bit of a concern.
“It looked like a hamstring injury so we will have to wait and see.
“Fingers crossed he will be fit but it is touch and go. He would be a big loss to the team.”
Brig play two games in three days over the Easter weekend and Crowe is confident his squad can cope.
He said: “It is getting a bit nervy at the moment.
“But after we play Mossley on Monday it will be a bit clearer – we should know whether we have made it.
“We are going to have to mix it up a bit - some lads can’t manage two games in a row but we have a big enough squad.”