Bamber Bridge 4-2 Kendal Town

Match action from Bamber Bridge vs. Lancaster City in the FA Trophy
Match action from Bamber Bridge vs. Lancaster City in the FA Trophy

Rampant Bamber Bridge stormed through to the quarter-finals of the Lancashire Challenge Trophy with a convincing 4-2 over Kendal Town.

Four goals came in the opening 15 minutes with Stu Vasey, Andy Bell and Greg Johnstone giving the home side a three goal advantage.

Tommy Watson reduced the deficit for the Mintcakes minutes later as both sides played free flowing attacking football.

In a quieter second half it took until the final 10 minutes to see Darren Green get himself on the scoresheet to all but seal the victory.

Kendal’s Ricky Mercer pulled a goal back six minutes from time but Neil Crowe’s side held on to join rivals Chorley in the next round.

It was an express start to the game at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium with Brig starting the stronger of the two sides maintaining possession well in the middle of the park.

After a neat spell of passing Vasey broke the back line and as Danny McDonald came rushing off his line, the former delicately chipped him to break the deadlock.

Just one minute later and Bell showed a cool head dribbling past two defenders in the Kendal area to blast the ball in the bottom corner to double the lead.

And just as the Brig fans took their seats they were up standing again as Vasey broke down the right hand side pulling the ball back for Johnstone to calmly tap the ball into the net.

With the game seemingly dead and buried after 13 minutes Kendal pulled a goal back.

Watson picked up a loose ball and from 30 yards he curled an effort into top left hand corner with Harry Campbell left helpless in the Bamber Bridge net.

The visitors should have scored a second minutes later, striker Mark Jackson found himself in acres of space in penalty area but his well struck effort was marvellously deflected over by the midriff of Campbell.

After a lighting fast start, the game settled down with both sides enjoying small periods of possession but creating little in the final third.

Former Chorley FC man Simon Wiles was introduced from the bench eight minutes before the break at the expense of the injured Vasey.

Campbell was called into action on the stroke of half time as he tipped a Kieran Pickup effort onto the post.

Both sides emerged unchanged after the interval and just two minutes in McDonald did well diving to his right to turn a Bell shot away and at the other end Campbell turned a Reece Fishwick shot around the post.

Just after the hour mark, McDonald tipped a Bell cross come shot on the crossbar and then Waddecar curled an effort wide of goal after Bring strung together in excess of 20 passes.

Throughout the second half the visitors had long periods of possession but Campbell remained largely untested after a busy opening spell.

The game was put to bed seven minutes from time, Kay sent a long ball forward and substitute Green showed a great turn of pace to break loose with the ball and prod the ball past McDonald.

Almost instantly the visitors pulled a goal back, a corner was floated to the edge of the box and Mercer showed great skill volleying the ball into the bottom right hand corner.

Despite the late Kendal goal, Brig maintained possession well to seal their place in the quarter-final of the trophy.

Bamber Bridge: Campbell, Steel (Parrish 58), Alexander, Lawlor, Doughty, Kay (c), Vasey (Wiles 37) , McKenna, Johnstone (Green 70), Bell, Waddecar

Bamber Bridge subs not used :Reynolds

Referee: Barry Cropp

Attendance: 144