Bit of McKenna magic can be the difference

Greg Johnstone celebrates his goal against Lancaster City in the FA Trophy
Greg Johnstone celebrates his goal against Lancaster City in the FA Trophy

Neil Crowe feels Paul McKenna could make all the difference in this Saturday’s Evo-Stik Division One North game with Spennymoor Town.

Brig were defeated 3-1 by their North East counterparts last Saturday in the FA Trophy but they will go at it again this weekend battling it out for three precious league points.

McKenna missed out as he had committed to playing for Nottingham Forest veterans’ side earlier in the year.

But Crowe feels the former Preston North End skipper will make a huge impact on the return game.

He said: “With Paul back, I definitely think we can get something from the game.

“Spennymoor are a good side but they had three or four chances and scored three.

“I’d say we had five chances and only managed to put one away which is frustrating.

“McKenna has been playing well and it will be good to get him back in. I don’t think Spennymoor are better than us and even though we lost I thought it was an even game.”

One bad piece of news is that utility man Matt Mahoney has been ruled out for three weeks with a hip injury.