Moors test is next for Brig

Matt Lawlor in action against Ossett Albion
Matt Lawlor in action against Ossett Albion
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Neil Crowe hopes that his Bamber Bridge side can take a big stride towards securing a play-off place when they tackle Spennymoor Town at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

Brig and Moors are level on points in the race to secure a top-five finish, so Saturday’s clash is a crucial one.

Crowe’s side go into it on the back of some impressive form, having put a sticky January behind them to lose only two of their last 15 games.

Over the Easter weekend they collected four points, beating Ossett Albion 3-1 at home before Burscough held them to a 1-1 draw.

Crowe told the Evening Post: “Spennymoor is going to be a very tough game.

“They are probably one of the best footballing sides which we have played this season.

“That will suit us because we think we are a good footballing side too – we like to get the ball down and play.

“We have only got three games left so we have to make them all count.

“If we win all three we will get a play-off place, maybe six points will be enough.

“Looking at the table, you would say that Mossley in sixth place are the big threat to us.

“We will concentrate on our job over the next couple of weeks and see where that takes us.

“Next week we go to New Mills and then finish off at home to Farsley.

“The important thing is that things are in our own hands – at the moment we are not relying on other results.

“It would be a really good achievement to make the play-offs for the second year running.

“There are some big-hitters in this division with a lot of money behind them.

“Once you are in the play-offs, anything can happen.

“Ramsbottom showed that last season, finishing fifth and getting promoted.”

Crowe admitted to a slight sense of disappointment that Brig were not going into this weekend two points better off.

After beating Ossett on Good Friday thanks to goals from Danny Mahoney, Regan Linney and Stuart Vasey, confidence was high going into the Easter Monday trip to Burscough.

They got into the lead there through Darren Green, only for Linnets player-manager Mark Beesley to equalise.

“We would have liked six points at Easter but we did not do enough to beat Burscough,” said Crowe.

“Having taken the lead in that game, it was disappointing to get pegged back.

“We tried to break them down but couldn’t get the second goal.”

This will be Brig’s third meeting with Spennymoor this season, having played twice in a week at the beginning of November.

Moors beat them 3-1 in the FA Trophy but Brig got their revenge by thumping their hosts 6-1 in the league.

Crowe will have a relatively full squad to select from, the main doubt being over striker Jon Macken who has a slight hamstring strain.

“I would rate Jon as being 50/50,” said Crowe.

“With him not having played much football in the last year or so, he has picked up one or two niggles.

“We had Glenn Steel and Matt Lawlor carrying injuries last weekend.

“Glenn jarred his knee in the Ossett game so we put him on the bench until the last 15 minutes at Burscough.

“Matt has a bit of niggle in his hamstring for a couple of months but should be okay.

“We’ve got Chris Marlow back – he’s been away for three games.”