Brig boss is excited ahead of Alty game

Joe Booth leads the way at Bamber Bridge FC pre-season training
Joe Booth leads the way at Bamber Bridge FC pre-season training
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Neil Crowe admits he can’t wait to get back to business with his Bamber Bridge side.

Brig will kick off their pre-season campaign at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Saturday against Vanarama National League outfit Altrincham, kick off 3pm.

Michael Barnes, Joe Booth and Dave Hankin have all joined Brig over the closed season.

Former Blackpool striker Brett Ormerod, who was most recently at Padiham, is also training with the club.

Brig have been dealt a blow ahead of Saturday’s game as both Barnes and defender Glenn Steel will miss the friendly but Crowe admits Ormerod will feature.

“It’s a bit of a blow but nearly everybody will miss some part of pre-season,” Crowe said.

“It’s the holiday season and it’s understandable.

“Brett Ormerod is looking sharp in training and he will most definitely feature on Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to getting back and watching the lads play football.

“We’ve got a good squad and we’ve brought in lads that we wanted to.”

Brig have been handed as defender Hankin nears a return to training.

The fullback missed all of last season, when he was at AFC Fylde, due to injury.

But after a lengthy spell of rehabilitation, Hankin is expected to resume training in the next 10 days.

Aside from Hankin, Brig have no new injury worries and Crowe is pleased with how his squad reported back.

“Everybody looks in good shape,” he added.

“People look sharp and it’s good to see.

“Dave Hankin is working with the physio and is making good progress.”

On Tuesday, Bamber Bridge host Preston North End.

Kick off is 7pm.