Another high-scoring win for Crowe’s side

Ally Waddecar free-kick. Pics by Stefan Willoughby
Ally Waddecar free-kick. Pics by Stefan Willoughby
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Bamber Bridge FC’s impressive end-of-season run of form continued with a 4-1 win against Harrogate Railway Athletic in the Evo-Stik First Division North

Neil Crowe’s sides made it nine victories in 11 matches and they are looking to end their campaign on a high.

Winger Ally Waddecar broke the deadlock after seven minutes when he tapped in Lennie Reid’s ball across the six-yard box.

But the home side had to wait until the half-hour mark before they could extend their lead.

The goal came from an unlikely source as defender Matt Lawlor took advantage at a corner to fire home.

It remained at 2-0 until the break and the hosts looked as if they were coasting to the three points against league strugglers Harrogate.

However, the visitors got back into the game on the hour mark through Jesus Samuel Martin-Farina.

It meant that there was some nervous moments until Waddecar got his second of the afternoon with a 70th-minute free-kick.

Young striker Mark Buchan put the icing on the cake for Brig in the very

final minute with their fourth goal.

Bamber Bridge assistant boss Neil Reynolds said: “We did really well and did enough to get maximum points.

“It was difficult going into the game because Owen Roberts was unavailable due to a family bereavement while Matt Mahoney was banned.

“Phil Doughty failed a fitness test before the game and Matty Kay was out as well.

“It meant that we were low on numbers.

“I came into the midfield for my first start since Christmas to replace Matt Kay.

“It was great to get a result and the side are playing with a lot of confidence and that they believe in themselves.

“Seventeen games ago, the manager said to the lads that we needed to finish the season on a high.

“Nobody would have thought that we could have got nine wins from 11 so far.

“It is down to the players but also the boss for what he is doing with this team and how he sets us up.

“We have played with a 4-4-2 and everyone knows what they have to do and the results are starting to come our way because of that.”

Bamber Bridge: Lee Dovey, Rob Henry, Matt Lawlor, Roberto Bonamanio, Ryan Thompson, Lennie Reid, Neil Reynolds, Danny Wilkins,

Ally Waddecar, Andy Bell and Greg Johnstone.