Assistant manager Reno calls on Brig to bounce back from back-to-back defeats

Brig assistant boss Neil Reynolds
Brig assistant boss Neil Reynolds

Bamber Bridge assistant boss Neil Reynolds says his men need to ‘pick themselves up’ and improve their game to stand a chance of beating his former club Clitheroe on Boxing Day.

Brig lost 3-1 to NPL First Division North strugglers Radcliffe Borough at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium and Reynolds said the dressing room was dejected, disappointed and low in confidence after the game.

But the ex-Clitheroe player says you cannot write off 14th-placed Brig, despite back-to-back defeats, and urged the players to bounce back when they travel to sixth-placed Clitheroe’s Shawbridge ground on Boxing Day.

He said: “It is going to be difficult. We watched Clitheroe two weeks ago against Chorley, they are a good side and they have a certain way of playing.

“My emotions came out after the game against Boro. Clitheroe means a lot to me, I played there for a number of years.

“It is not my emotions ruling my head and my heart in terms of what we need to do but we need to be better than what we where against Boro if we are going to get something at Clitheroe – they are on a great run.

“Then we have got a home game against Burscough. It is going to be difficult but when the chips are down that is when you rally round. You can’t rule Bamber Bridge out, we have some real quality in that dressing room and we have got to pick ourselves up. The only thing you can do after back-to-back defeats is to get better. We will address it and hopefully put it right against Clitheroe on Boxing Day.”

Brig dominated the opening 30 minutes against Boro and Reynolds says there are positives to take from the game.

He said: “It is difficult to take positives out of the game because it is another defeat.

“Ally Waddecar returning from injury was a boost. It was his first start in 14 weeks. Jamie Milligan returned to the fray and I thought he was outstanding in the first half.“