BAMBER Bridge boss Neil Crowe said he was happy with the way his side’s pre-season was progressing so far.
He said: “Last Tuesday, we played a strong Blackburn reserve side, who were technically very good and knocked the ball round very well.
“It was a good exercise for our lads, and we came away with no shame in the result, and played some very good stuff ourselves.
“Bolton were more of a younger team, but they got the ball down and played some good football, and it was another good test for us again.
“Preston is a fixture we always look forward to each year. A lot of fans like coming, and we had a gate just short of 2,000.
“These games are training exercises for us. We don’t go into those sort of games and expect to be beating football league clubs.”
He added: “I thought we defended admirably last night (Monday), but it is to be expected.
“I thought there were some good performances, particularly captain Luke Atherton – I thought he was probably the best defender on the pitch.”
He continued: “When we play professional teams, we like to get them down early because it’s good for our fans to see good teams play against us, and give us a good workout.
“Our next three or four games will be with teams from our level.
“I probably know in my head the starting 11 for August 18, but there are still places up for grabs and one or two making a bid.
“Things are going right.
“I think there’s still more to come from us.”
Bamber Bridge continued their pre-season preparations with a second draw in succession, after their clash with Preston North End ended in stalemate on Monday night.
Captain Luke Atherton’s goal in the first half sent Brig into the lead, before David Amoo leveled matters five minutes after the opener.