Crowder strike helps Brig go out with a bang

Bamber Bridge finished off the 2010-11 campaign on Friday with a 2-0 triumph against Prescot Cables.

It stretched Brig’s run to one defeat in eight games, and was Neil Crowe and assistant Neil Reynolds’ first taste of victory since taking charge during Easter week.

The three points ensured a healthy seventh place finish in the First Division North table.

Bamber Bridge got their noses in front with their first meaningful assault on 27 minutes.

Man-of-the-match, Martin Crowder clipped the ball over the retreating Cables rearguard, and into the path of the onrushing Stephen Green.

The prolific marksman chipped over the head of the advancing goalkeeper for his 31st strike of the season.

Green then had the ball in the net again on the half-hour mark, but the effort was ruled out for an infringement.

Cables struck back and Ben Hinchliffe pulled off a wonder save at full stretch to keep the lead intact before half-time.

Matthew Atherton should have put the game beyond Cables’ reach twice within as many minutes in the second half, when firing wide from good positions late on.

Brig did eventually get on the scoresheet again in the 90th minute, when Crowder took advantage of some hesitant Prescot defending, as he nipped between the two centre-backs before slipping the ball into the empty net.

Bamber Bridge : Hinchliffe, Bowyer, Marlow, L Atherton, White, Jones, SW Green (M Atherton 75mins), Wright (Mayers 64mins), A Taylor, Waddecar, Crowder. Subs not used: Galliers, Reynolds.