Crowe wants big Brig effort

Brig boss Neil Crowe
Brig boss Neil Crowe
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Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe urged his men to not leave anything on the pitch in tonight’s crunch play-off clash against Northwich Victoria.

Brig host Northwich at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium and victory will see Crowe’s side face a one-off match to win promotion to the NPL Premier Division on Saturday.

And Crowe called on his men to give their all.

He said: “I think what I’m going to say to them is don’t come back into the changing room after 90 minutes with any regrets – give it your all.

“As long as they give 100% and play to the standard I know that they can play at, that is good enough for me.”

Crowe’s men beat Farsley 3-1 on Saturday to leapfrog the Vics into third spot in the NPL First Division North table and nab gain home advantage for tonight’s play-off first leg.

And Crowe is pleased his side – who have only lost twice in their last 18 matches – managed to maintain their momentum ahead of what could be a monumental week for Bamber Bridge.

He said: “I’d much rather play at home than away. I’m hoping that we can win.

“We can’t do any more that what we are doing at the moment. We will prepare right and we’ve had a great run of results

“But at the end of the day it is who performs best on the night.

“We potentially have 
two matches left. They are like two cup finals.

“We will do everything we possibly can and then we will think about Saturday, if we 
get there.”

Brig beat Northwich 2-0 at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium back in February.

But Crowe is not counting his chickens and knows that Vics will not roll over and give his men an easy passage to the final.

He said: “We’ve played them three times already.

“We know what they are about and they know what we are all about.

“We’re two pretty evenly-matched sides.

“Northwich are a counter-attacking side, whereas we like to build play. We have two contrasting styles of play but we will just have to give it everything.”

Defender Mike Muscat was rested on Saturday due to a sore knee but is set to return tonight.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and Crowe urged the local community to get behind 
his team.

He said: “Last year we went to Warrington on a Tuesday night and our support was great. The fans have been excellent all season.

“I’m hoping for a decent turnout and that people get behind us again.”