Renno out to knock old club off their perch

Neil Reynolds (photo: Stefan Willoughby)Neil Reynolds (photo: Stefan Willoughby)
Neil Reynolds (photo: Stefan Willoughby)
Neil Reynolds admitted it will be a special moment when his Bamber Bridge team take on his former club Clitheroe '¨tomorrow.

The Brig boss spent many happy years at Shawbridge as a player and then later as the Blues’ joint-manager alongside Peter Smith.

Although he has been back to Clitheroe as a player and assistant manager since, this weekend will be the first occasion he has been in the opposition dug-out as a 

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Reynolds revealed that Clitheroe will always have a special place in his heart, but there will be no room for sentiment as he looks to claim three important points.

“It is obviously a massive game for me – it is the first time I have taken a team that I manage to Clitheroe,” said Reynolds.

“I have been there many times when I was assistant manager to Neil Crowe, but this will be the first time my team has taken on Clitheroe at Shawbridge.

“So it is going to be a special occasion.

“I’ve always had a good reception from the Clitheroe supporters, but hopefully I will be there to see my club Bamber Bridge pick up all three points.”

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Reynolds rates Clitheroe as one of the best sides he has come up against this season after they routed Brig 4-1 at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium earlier in the season.

Simon Haworth’s men look a good bet to reach the NPL First Division North play-offs.

They currently reside in fifth spot – one point ahead of sixth-placed Colne and six better off than Brig, who are back in 11th position.

“They are probably one of the best sides I have seen this season,” said Reynolds, who missed Brig’s last two games against Glossop and Ramsbottom United due to taking a long-standing holiday.

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“I like the way they play and the way their manager does things. They beat Ramsbottom 4-3 on Tuesday and they are a young side, who are exciting to watch.

“It’s going to be a really difficult game – they are up there in the play-off places.

“But we have got the experience of being in the play-off places and we’ve also got the experience of knocking people off their perch.”

But Blues boss Haworth is determined to eliminate Brig from the play-off equation with victory tomorrow.

“They’ll want revenge for that 4-1 win,” he said.

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“They’ve still got a chance to get among it but it’s another team that we can eliminate from chasing us should we win.”

Barring Chris Marlow, Reynolds has a fully-fit squad to choose from, with Adam Dodd set to feature after missing the past couple of games with a calf problem.

Elsewhere, Burscough entertain Hyde and Kendal Town host Tadcaster Albion.