Boss Crowe’s desperate for some new faces

Ally Waddecar
Ally Waddecar

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe admits signing more outfield players are a key in the coming weeks.

Currently Brig are without Paul Alexander, Alex Taylor and George Bowyer.

The trio are missing through injury and holidays – and the loss of the three is leaving Crowe’s light on outfield players.

So the Brig boss is actively looking for new players – but knows it won’t be easy to track the targets.

He said: “George is out for a month, and with Paul Alexander and Alex Taylor missing too, we are struggling.

“Outfield players are a priority for me.

“But I want to sign the right players and it won’t be easy.”

Following the departure of Curtis Thompson, who left the club to join Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit Skelmersdale United, Brig moved quickly and brought in Joey Mullen, who was on the fringes of the first team at AFC Fylde.

Mullen, who only turned 18 last week, made his debut against Radcliffe Borough.

But already the impressive youngster has been struck down by a bout of flu.

Crowe added: “Joey did well when he played against Radcliffe, as he’s only just turned 18 and he looks a tidy player.

“But he’s struggling with the flu at the moment and I decided to leave him on the bench against Stocksbridge Park Steels.”

Brig kicked off their FA Cup campaign with a fine 2-0 victory at Stocksbridge.

Ally Waddecar and Matty Kay grabbed the goals for Brig, who also banked just under £2,000 in prize money.

A home tie against Squires Gate is next up in the first qualifying round.

Gate defeated New Mills 3-2 in the preliminary round, and Crowe won’t be underestimating them.

He said: “I know the lads well at Squires Gate and I’m expecting a tough game.

“They have them playing football and it won’t be easy.

“They play in the North West Counties and to be honest there are a few teams in that division that could compete in the Evo-Stik League.

“But It’s a good home draw for us and I think the prize money for winning is around £3,000.

“These are huge games in the FA Cup.

“If you win two games, you can bank £5,000, and money like that is huge to a club like us.

“But we aren’t getting ahead of ourselves and I expect a tough game, but it’s one we are looking forward to.”

Brig started their league campaign in horrendous fashion, losing 7-1 against Droylsden.

But since that defeat, Crowe’s side haven’t lost a competitive fixture.

And Crowe hailed his side’s bouncebackability.

He said: “We are confident going into the games.

“With the Droylsden game, we still can’t put our finger on what went wrong.

“It came completely out of the blue – none of us expected it.

“But three days later, we went to Clitheroe and won and I’m really impressed, we dug in and showed what we can do.

“This league is tough, the mediocre sides have strengthened so we have even more quality sides.

“No game is easy in this league and it’s going to be a tough campaign.”

On Saturday, Brig travel to Ossett Albion in the league.

Crowe hopes he will have fresh faces in the squad, but he and his side will travel full of confidence.

He added: “We know it’s a game we can win.

“It won’t be easy, but against Stocksbridge we were excellent.

“I thought Andy Bell and Greg Johnstone linked up superbly and I’m really pleased.”