Andy last-gasp goal earns Brig a Trophy replay

Ally Waddecar runs down the line against Lancaster City
Ally Waddecar runs down the line against Lancaster City

Andy Bell’s injury-time equaliser meant Bamber Bridge secured a replay in their FA Trophy preliminary round tie against Lancaster City on Saturday.

Neil Crowe’s side will do it all again tonight, Tuesday, as his side will look to advance into the first qualifying round, where they would meet in-form Spennymoor Town.

The sides had played out a thrilling 2-2 draw two weeks earlier and after five minutes, the goals were flowing again as Tom Kilifin headed past Lee Dovey.

From then on, it was end-to-end stuff, with Dovey and Lancaster’s Mike Hale being kept very active.

Hale was the busier of the two keepers, pulling off a number of outstanding saves as well as seeing a shot rebound off his bar.

A tactical change in the second half saw Bell and Stuart Vasey introduced in place of Joe Mullen and Matt

Mahoney, which gave Ally Waddecar the freedom to use his pace and exploit the Dolly Blues’ full-backs.

Brig dominated long periods of the second half, but as in the first half, Hale stood tall and stopping anything thrown at hime.

Greg Johnstone was brought on with five minutes remaining and the extra man up front saw Brig rewarded with a late equaliser.

A corner was whipped into the area, the loose ball landed at the feet of Waddecar, who lashed a shot come cross across the face of goal.

Bell coolly trapped the ball at his feet and prodded home on the line to send the travelling Brig fans wild.

Bamber Bridge: Dovey, Bowyer, Steel, Lawlor, Alexander (Johnstone), Waddecar, Marlow, Mahoney (Vasey), Mullen (Bell), McKenna, Green. Subs not used: Doughty, Reynolds

Attendance: 203