Bamber Bridge 3 - 0 Leigh Genesis
Bamber Bridge won Saturday’s game against already-relegated Leigh Genesis 3-0, to extend their own unbeaten run to four matches.
The game came alive on 23 minutes after a somewhat quiet start when a Gavin Clark drive struck the visitors’ crossbar, following a neat interchange of passes on the left by Peter Wright and Aaron Taylor.
Bamber Bridge continued to create openings and it was no surprise when they got their reward on 28 minutes, when a towering Luke Atherton header from an Alistair Waddecar corner smacked into the net.
From that point, it was just a matter of just how many more goals the home side would score.
The South Ribble side dominated affairs and Matty Jones was desperately unlucky in the 39th minute, when his header, from a Waddecar corner, hit the top of the crossbar with Leigh goalkeeper Andrew Farrimond left transfixed on his goal-line.
Brig went in at the interval with just a one-goal lead to show for all their endeavours. However, it didn’t take them long before they doubled their account soon after the restart.
Full-back George Bowyer found room for himself deep on the right following an exchange of passes with Waddecar, and delivered a searching cross which eluded the visitors’ defence for Chris Marlow to sneak in at the far post and head home from virtually on the goal-line.
Leigh Genesis didn’t threaten much as an attacking force and Tony Greenwood’s side extended their lead with one of the best goals scored at Irongate for many a year.
Martin Crowder worked his way down the left flank on 82 minutes and sent over a swirling cross which was met just outside the Leigh penalty area by Neil Reynolds.
Brig’s man-of-the-match sent in an unstoppable volley which thundered in off the underside of the crossbar, much to the delight of the home support.
It was a carbon copy of the magnificent goal he scored against the same opponents just over 12 months ago, at Leigh Sports Village Stadium last April.
It really should have been four-nil in the 89th minute, after Peter Wright was upended by Stuart Rudd in the Leigh penalty area.
But after dusting himself down, Wright blasted the spot-kick high over the crossbar.
Bamber Bridge: Hinchliffe, Bowyer, Marlow, L Atherton, White (Wright 8 mins), Reynolds, Waddecar, Clark, A Taylor (M Atherton 78 mins), Jones, Galliers (Crowder 55 mins). Unused Sub: Mayers.