Three in a row is what Crowe wants

Jamie Milligan with Neil Crowe (centre) and Neil Reynolds (right) at Giant Axe (photo: Paul Vause)
Jamie Milligan with Neil Crowe (centre) and Neil Reynolds (right) at Giant Axe (photo: Paul Vause)
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Bamber Bridge will look to complete a hat-trick of away wins when they head east to face Scarborough Athletic tomorrow.

Neil Crowe’s men have started 2016 well, winning 1-0 at Ossett Albion in the league last Saturday and then beating Lancaster by the same scoreline to progress in the Doodson Cup.

A third victory on the bounce over Scarborough would certainly have Brig back on track after a sticky patch of form at the end of 2015.

Brig boss Crowe told the Evening Post: “I’ve been very pleased with two wins and two clean sheets.

“They were two very good, hard-working performances in which we dug in to get our rewards.

“If we could get another win against Scarborough, it would complete a very pleasing week.

“To win at Ossett Albion was a big result – they hadn’t been beaten in the league since the end of October.

“We played well in tricky conditions and bear in mind too, that was our first game since we lost to Radcliffe Borough on December 19.

“The Christmas games being postponed meant we had a long time to wait to get that Radcliffe defeat out of our system.”

Matty Kay got the winner at Ossett and it was Jamie Milligan on target in the victory over Lancaster.

Milligan’s goal came from the top drawer, finding the top corner of the net in a game which had been switched to Giant Axe.

Said Crowe: “We decided to give up home advantage because we have got problems with our pitch.

“One of the drains isn’t working properly, so rather than postpone the game and have a fixture backlog, we asked Lancaster if we could play at their ground.

“Giant Axe is always a tough place to go but we came away with the win.

“Jamie’s free-kick which won it was worthy of winning a game at a far higher level.

“He was 25 yards out and bent it right across goal into the top corner.

“Mike Hale, who is a very good goalkeeper, didn’t even move for it.

“We now play Witton Albion in that competition on Tuesday night.

“When games get called off, you do start getting a lot of Saturday-Tuesday football.

“But I’m sure the lads prefer that to training Tuesday and Thursday.”

Crowe will be without the services of Brett Ormerod tomorrow, the striker sidelined by a calf strain.

“Brett has had a niggling calf injury for a while, the last time he played was against Radcliffe,” said Crowe.

“The heavy pitches at the moment aren’t doing him any favours.

“Joe Booth has picked up a knee injury so he’s doubtful but apart from those two, we have everyone available.”

Scarborough, who are in 18th place, appointed Steve Kittrick as their new manager this week. The Seadogs play home games further down the coast at Bridlington, Crowe is looking forward to the unseasonal trip to the holiday resort.

“We went there twice last season – the first game was abandoned when one of their players got injured and then we won the second game,” said Crowe.

“Their fans are very vocal and get on your case but we will handle that.

“They have a new manager so their players will be looking to show him they are worthy of a place in future games. That will make it tough.”