Brig boss wants more of same as FA Cup date looms

Bamber Bridge Joe Booth celebrates with the Brig fans after scoring against New Mills
Bamber Bridge Joe Booth celebrates with the Brig fans after scoring against New Mills
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Neil Crowe hailed Bamber Bridge’s performance against New Mills and is now calling on his side to match it against Radcliffe Borough tonight, Tuesday.

In a one-sided encounter, midfielder Joe Booth ran riot scoring four of Brig’s seven

unanswered goals.

Brett Ormerod, new signing Sam Joel and Regan Linney also got on the scoresheet.

Tonight Brig make the journey to Radcliffe and Crowe wants more of the same.

“We can’t underestimate anybody in this league,” the Brig chief said.

“But I want us to perform like we did on Saturday.

“We passed New Mills off the park and we scored some really good goals.”

Brig were out of the blocks quickly and dominated the opening stages of the game.

New Mills’ Liam Higginbotham denied Ally Waddecar in the opening 30 seconds before twice saving Booth efforts.

The deadlock was broken in the 36th minute after a spell of pressure from the visitors.

Front man Joel timed his through ball to perfection and Booth slotted comfortably into the bottom corner from eight yards.

New Mills should have equalised two minutes later but Ashley Woodhead could only fire wide after pouncing on a poor Glenn Steel back pass.

Brig had further chances to extend their lead but they were again thwarted by

Higginbotham.

He first tipped over a Stu Vasey shot from inside the box and then clawed out a Matt Lawlor header.

Brig could have had a penalty early in the second half but referee Mark Jones waved away the claims after Joel’s cross struck George Whiteoak’s hand.

Dovey made his only save of the game in the 65th minute, pouncing on Ryan Hopper’s low cross.

Shortly after the visitors extended their lead, Booth scoring his second of the match nestling a shot into the corner.

The goal knocked the wind out of the hosts and Brig went onto score another two in as many minutes.

Ormerod made his way

into the area and after taking the ball past two defenders he unleashed a shot across Higginbotham and into the corner.

Ormerod was replaced shortly after by Linney and the young striker made an instant impact.

He pounced on a Jamie Milligan through ball before waltzing his way past two defenders, and keeping a calm head to slot the ball into the corner.

Joel grabbed a deserved goal seven minutes before the final whistle, superbly curling his shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

The rout continued and Booth sealed his hat-trick one minute later powering a header past Higginbotham.

Late in the game, tricky forward Joel was hacked down on the edge of the box and from the resulting set-piece, Booth curled his free-kick past Higginbotham to score his fourth of the game.

On Saturday, Brig welcome Skelmersdale United in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Tommy Lawson’s side are currently in the bottom half of the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

Four thousand five hundred pounds is on offer to the winners and Crowe insists his side will be going for the win.

“It’s a huge game for us and our toughest of the season,” he said.

“Skem like to get it down and play, we definitely fancy our chances at home and we’ll be going for the win.”