Bell on the ball to put Brig through into next round

Bamber Bridge made it 11 games unbeaten and secured an FA Cup third-round qualifying clash with local rivals Chorley with a fine victory at Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division outfit Workington.

Brig hadn’t had it all their own way in the first-round qualifier as it took a replay and extra time to defeat North West Counties side Squires Gate.

But Neil Crowe’s side put in a truly professional display on their trip to Cumbria and came away victorious thanks to an Andy Bell penalty 17 minutes from time.

And their reward is taking on Chorley in a tie is worth £7,500 in prize money, as well as having the potential for bumper gate receipts.

The 430 at Borough Park may have been forgiven if they wished they hadn’t bothered as the first half was a non-event.

But early in the second half, Brig introduced Danny Leigh and George Bowyer from the bench.

And within 10 minutes of the changes, Workington skipper Dan Wordsworth lunged in on Ally Waddecar and the referee had no hesitation pointing to the spot.

Up stepped Bell who convincingly lashed the ball home to give Brig the lead.

Greg Johnstone then hit an effort just wide of goal before curling a free kick which went inches over the bar.

Brig had a nervy four minutes of stoppage time to play out but they held on to seal a well deserved victory and a big pay day in the next round.

Bamber Bridge: Dovey, Lawlor, Alexander (Leigh), Steel, Doughty, Waddecar, Marlow (Bowyer), Mahoney, Mullen, Johnstone, Bell.

Subs not used: Reynolds, Barton

Attendance: 430