Attackers delight Brig boss

Photo: David Hurst'Bamber Bridge FC V Padiham FC at Irongate, Bamber Bridge'Zach Clarke
Photo: David Hurst'Bamber Bridge FC V Padiham FC at Irongate, Bamber Bridge'Zach Clarke

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe insists his side must be wary of Saturday’s opponents New Mills as the strugglers have produced a mixed bag of results.

With victories over Lancaster City and Harrogate Railway Athletic, The Millers have some prized scalps – but they have also lost to fellow strugglers Prescot Cables and Radcliffe Borough.

And Crowe admits he doesn’t know what to expect from the Derbyshire side.

He said: “I’m really not sure what to make of New Mills, so we have to be wary.

“But I am definitely concerned about the weather.

“The pitch is very wet up there at the moment, I think it’s already a bit of a 50/50 whether we will play or not.”

Brig thrashed Padiham 5-1 on Saturday and Crowe was delighted with his side’s performance on a troublesome pitch.

He added: “We played some really good stuff on Saturday even though the pitch was terrible.

“Just before kick-off it was more than playable but about 10 minutes in, a downpour came and we had hail and rain and it really made the pitch cut up quite badly.

“But the referee was keen to get the game on which was good, and I’m very pleased we got the win.”

Crowe had praise for attacking players Ally Waddecar, Tom Williams, Curtis Thompson and new signing Zach Clarke.

The Brig boss was delighted to get all four players on the score sheet and was pleased with the way the quartet linked up.

He said: “Zach Clarke was very good and he manage to grab a goal.

“He slotted straight in on the right wing and he played very well, and starting Zach there allowed me to push Tom Williams forward.”

“To be honest, Zach could have got a hat-trick with the chances he had but it was great to see them get goals.