Derby is Brig one – Crowe

Roberto Bonaminio
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Bamber Bridge’s away fixture at neigbours and play-off rivals Lancaster City is their biggest game of the season.

That is the view of manager Neil Crowe, who knows a victory for his side at Giant Axe will see his men leapfrog above the Dolly Blues on goal difference.

Just three points separate Brig, in seventh spot, and fourth-placed City in the NPL First Division North.

Ramsbottom United and Farsley are sandwiched inbetween.

Crowe said: “It’s the biggest game of the season. To be fair, we need to win.

“If we win, it will be a massive boost for us because we will go level on points with them.

“But if we lose, we will go six points behind – so it’s a big game.

“A point out of the game would not be the end of the world but we would like to win.

“With this league, there are still going to be lots of twists and turns before the season finishes.”

Brig and Lancaster know plenty about each other – it is only three weeks since they last met.

On that occasion, it was Darren Peacock’s men who departed Irongate with all three points thanks to a single strike from Jordan Connerton early on.

After going ahead, City produced the perfect 
away performance as they soaked up Brig’s pressure for the remainder of the 

Crowe thinks being away from home tomorrow may suit his side as City will feel compelled to come out and attack more in front of their home supporters.

“Maybe being away will suit us better,” he said.

“Don’t get me wrong, I thought they defended very well when we played them the first time.

“We found it very hard to get around the back of them. Defensively, they were very well organised.

“But with the players we have got, I think we have got goals in our team. We’ve got some very good attacking players.

“I am confident that we can go there and get something from the game.”

Crowe is hoping to add a defender to his ranks ahead of the trip to Giant Axe as he is without both Matt Lawlor and Phil Doughty.

Lawlor has two more games to serve of his four-match ban, while Doughty will miss tomorrow after being harshly red-carded in the 2-1 win against New Mills last weekend.

Roberto Bonaminio plays his last game tomorrow before going travelling for three months.

“I am trying to bring somebody in but I’ve drawn a blank so far,” Crowe said.