Crowe calling for reaction to defeats

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Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe has urged his men to be more clinical against Ossett Town tomorrow.

Brig travel to Yorkshire after back-to-back defeats to Lancaster City and Salford City.

Star man Alistair Waddecar’s superb solo effort set up a tense finish against NPL First Division North league leaders Salford.

But Crowe rued missed opportunities as his men dominated but failed to punish the Ammies and lost 2-1.

He said: “We were a bit disappointed about the Lancaster match. It had draw written all over it but we conceded in the 93rd minute.

“It was a game of two halves against Salford.

“They dominated the first 45 minutes and we dominated the second half.

“But we just didn’t take our chances.

“Ally is playing well. The whole team is playing well. It is just a fine line in this division and we need to take our chances. But we are hoping to bounce back tomorrow.”

Brig are ninth in the table, five points off a play-off position and Crowe revealed he is eyeing up some new additions to fuel their promotion push.

Despite his side’s current lack of goalscoring prowess, Crowe is not blaming his current strikeforce.

He said: “We just need a couple of new faces. I’m talking to a few people but I can’t say if anything will happen yet.

“Strikers at this level don’t come available at this time in the season.

“But we already have a good squad and some good strikers.

“It isn’t just down to the strikers to score, the whole team need to take their chances.”

Defender Ryan Thompson has re-signed but the club have been rocked by the departure of former Rochdale apprentice George Bowyer.

He has joined NPL Premier Division outfit Ramsbottom – the side that beat Brig in last term’s First Division North play-off final – earlier this week.

And Crowe is sad to see the right-back leave. He said: “George has gone to Ramsbottom.

“It is a more logistic decision for him. He lives over that way, they are a league above and could offer more money than us.

“He is a great lad, a good player and he will be a big loss.

“George has left on good terms and I’ve told him the door is always open for him to come back.”

Crowe’s squad is depleted for tomorrow’s clash against 18th-placed Ossett as defender Glenn Steel, ex-PNE star Paul McKenna and Darren Green are all unavailable for selection.

Defender Matt Mahoney is 50/50 due to a hip injury but goalkeeper Lee Dovey is back in contention after spending time with Longridge Town to recover from a knee injury.

Crowe said: “We are down to the bare bones but I’m still confident we can get a good result – we have a good enough squad to cope.

“We know it isn’t going to be an easy match.”