Neil keen to relive glories of the past

Bamber Bridge midfielder Jamie Milligan
Bamber Bridge midfielder Jamie Milligan
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More than 15 years have passed since Bamber Bridge last won through to the first round proper of the FA Cup.

Assistant manager Neil Reynolds says it is about time the club achieved that feat once more.

Brig travel to NPL First Division South outfit Kettering Town on Saturday knowing victory will put them into the hat for the final round of qualifying and just one win away from drawing a Football League club.

A veteran of that memorable cup campaign during the 1999/2000 season when Brig went on to reach the second round proper before losing at Cambridge, Reynolds is desperate to experience the buzz of the cup once more.

“It’s a massive game on Saturday – we can’t wait,” said Reynolds. “We’ve reached the same stage as we did last year when we played Chorley at home and got beaten 4-1.

“Even though we got beaten, it was a great occasion in front of 2,500 fans.

“I was a player in the team 15 years or so ago when we got to the second round proper of the FA Cup.

“My memories of that run are still pretty clear.

“We beat St Albans away in the first round proper and I remember Dave Carroll, scoring a wonder goal to help us get through.

“Then we played Cambridge in the next round and lost 1-0.

“We were delighted for Warrington Town last year when they got through to the second round, but envious too because we want to go and do what they did as well.

“There are two big reasons why we would like to get to the first round proper.

“Firstly, everybody knows the financial difficulties the club has had over the last few years, so it would be great to get some money in the coffers.

“And secondly, it will be great for the players and the fans.

“A lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes at the club and it would be great if that could be rewarded with a good cup run.

“The fans have been terrific and it would be great to give them something to sing and shout about.

“I believe there are two coaches going down to Kettering.”

While Brig were very much the underdogs last season against the Magpies, they will be more fancied against Kettering, who are below mid-table in the NPL First Division South.

“They play at the same level as we do and they are not doing too well at the moment,” Reynolds said.

“They lost in midweek, but I don’t know if that makes us favourites.

“We don’t know anything about them and they won’t know anything about us.”

After losing 2-0 to Burscough in the FA Trophy last weekend, Brig bounced back with a 4-0 victory over New Mills in the Doodson Cup on Tuesday.

Paul McKenna, Jamie Milligan and Brett Ormerod, who were all rested in midweek, will return on Saturday. Matty Kay has recovered from a calf injury.

Only Ally Waddecar (knee) is unavailable.

Read the Big Interview with former North End striker and current Brig star Brett Ormerod in tomorrow’s Evening Post