New Mills a new start for Crowe

Bamber Bridge manager Neil Crowe
Bamber Bridge manager Neil Crowe
Share this article
Have your say

Bamber Bridge will be aiming to cure their travel sickness tomorrow when they visit New Mills.

Neil Crowe’s men have picked up just two wins on the road in the NPL First Division North this season and they need to significantly improve this aspect of their record if they are to make a belated run for the play-offs.

At home, Brig are becoming a very difficult team to beat having gone seven games unbeaten in the league at Irongate – a run which has included four victories.

In fact, the last team to beat Brig at home in a league game was New Mills, who departed Irongate back in October in high spirits after a thumping 4-1 victory.

If anything, Brig have a better chance of picking up their third away win of the season by playing the Millers at home.

In eight away games this season, they have not lost once – winning seven of them. However, on their home patch they have been beaten three times.

Brig’s club captain Luke Atherton is likely to make his second start since returning from a long-term injury. Fellow centre-back Jerome Fitzgerald, who has also spent a period of time on the treatement table, could also figure.

Elsewhere in the First Division North, Burscough will be looking to build on their tremendous 4-1 victory over Skelmerdale United in midweek when they face Harrogate Railway Athletic at Victoria Park.

The Linnets inflicted the first defeat of the season on title favourites Skem and will be hoping to reproduce the same sort of form this weekend.

Clitheroe are still firmly in the play-off picture. They are currently placed in fourth position – six points behind leaders Mossley having played a game more.

Tomorrow they welcome lowly Ossett Town to Shawbridge.

In the Premier Division, there is a real relegation scrap as second-bottom Kendal Town welcome basement boys Eastwood Town to Parkside Road.

Southport manager Liam Watson was hoping to bring in a trio of new signings ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Hereford in the Conference Premier.