Brig out for revenge

Alistair Waddecar will be back for Bamber Bridge tomorrow
Alistair Waddecar will be back for Bamber Bridge tomorrow
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For the second time in a week, Bamber Bridge face a long trek to the North East to take on Spennymoor Town.

On Saturday, the two teams clashed at Brewery Field in the FA Trophy preliminary round, with the home side moving through to the next round courtesy of a 3-1 scoreline.

Tomorrow’s match is an NPL First Division North encounter and Brig boss Neil Crowe admits that, of the two games, it is probably the more important one.

While he was frustrated to go out of the Trophy last weekend, three points tomorrow will more than make up for that disappointment.

He said: “It’s always good to have a good cup run but I think you would prefer to get three points in the league.

“So tomorrow’s game is probably more important.

“I felt on Saturday, there wasn’t much between the two teams.Three mistakes cost us the game. They had three chances and took them.

“We had maybe five or six chances but only scored one.

“Don’t get me wrong, they are a very good side and are doing well this season.

“If you sit off them and let them play, they will hurt you.

“But we will go there looking to win. We certainly don’t fear them.”

Although beaten on Saturday, Brig should gain confidence from their 3-1 success over derby rivals Clitheroe at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Tuesday night.

Despite going behind early, Crowe’s men responded well to collect all three points, which moves them into sixth spot in the table – eight points off the top with a game in hand.

“We did well on Tuesday night after going a goal down after two minutes,” Crowe said.

“Our keeper Harry Campbell made a bit of a rash decision and came out of his area and gave a free-kick away early in the game. They then scored from the resulting free-kick.

“It was a bit of a bad start but Harry composed himself and did well after that.

“The team responded well and we equalised five minutes later and went on to win 3-1.

“The lads showed good character and overall we deserved to win the game, although Clitheroe will probably think differently.”

Crowe also heaped praise on new signing Simon Wiles, who went straight into the starting line-up against Clitheroe after signing on the dotted line from Salford City only a matter of hours earlier.

The former Chorley star, who plays as a winger, made an immediate impact by teeing up Andrew Bell for Brig’s opening goal.

“Simon signed just in time for the game on Tuesday,” Crowe said.

“He played 65 minutes and had a good debut. He set up the first goal and will be a good addition to the squad.

“Simon already knows a lot of the lads and he was a player that became available, who I thought would strengthen us.

“He’s played at quite a high level and was a pro at Blackpool – he’s had a few injuries.”

Brig will also be boosted at the weekend by the return of talismanic winger Ally Waddecar, who missed the game at Clitheroe through holiday.

Crowe will be without Matt Mahoney, who is likely to be unavailable for a month with a hip injury.

But Nathan Parish will play some games for Lostock St Gerard’s in the West Lancashire League as he steps up his recovery from ankle ligament damage.