Al in a day’s work for Waddecar as Brig go up to third

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Bamber Bridge continued their purple patch with a well-earned 3-0 Evo-Stik North Division One victory over

Harrogate Railway Athletic.

Three was most definitely the magic number for Brig as they moved to third in the league after three points, three goals and a hat-trick from winger-turned-striker Ally Waddecar.

The match was predicted to be a close encounter with only two league places separating the sides before kick-off, but it turned out to be a very one-sided affair.

Harrogate started brightly on the sodden Irongate pitch, looking lively down both flanks and causing the home side to believe they had a game on their hands.

But after nine minutes, Brig took the lead as Curtis Thompson and Tom Williams combined in midfield before releasing Andy Bell down the right.

Bell found Waddecar who jinked past his marker and fired home at the near post.

Brig, now unbeaten in seven matches, tried to get the ball down but the pitch was proving difficult to play on after the recent downpours.

Just before the half-hour mark, Bell and Waddecar combined again, the latter slotting the ball past the goalkeeper from the edge of the area.

After the break, the game continued in a similar fashion until just before the

hour mark.

Then, a corner swung into the Harrogate box caused confusion and a scramble ensued until defender Paul Alexander was tripped and with no hesitation the referee pointed to the spot.

Up stepped Waddecar for his hat-trick and he emphatically blasted the penalty into the top right-hand corner and the game was won.

Harrogate rallied late on with a series of balls into the box and their first attempt on goal.

However, overall, it was yet another quiet afternoon for on-loan goalkeeper Steve James.

Bamber Bridge: James, Mahoney, Alexander, Lawler, Hastings , Williams, Thompson, Kay, Reid Waddecar, Bell. Subs used: Marlow, Buchan, Bowyer

Attendance: 210