Brig excited for 1883 tie

Chris Marlow can expect a three match ban after his weekends sending off
Chris Marlow can expect a three match ban after his weekends sending off

Bamber Bridge assistant manager Neil Reynolds cannot contain his excitement ahead on tonight’s fixture against Darlington 1883.

Brig are fresh off the back of a 3-2 victory at Ossett Albion in their Evo-Stik Division One North opener, and Reynolds is full of confidence going into the 1883 game.

He said: “Saturday’s performance from us was

excellent.

“The first-half display was one of the best I have seen and, I’m not joking, we must have had about 80 per cent possession.”

A Chris Marlow red card almost robbed Brig of victory after Ossett bounced back with two quick goals, but Reynolds praised the fighting spirit shown by the side.

He added: “It was strange as we had absolute control in the game, yet once Marlow was sent off we found ourselves 2-1 down. But the fight we showed shows another part of our game, and these games are the ones that we need to be winning to make a play-off push.”

Tonight’s opponents Darlington opened their league account with an excellent 2-0 victory over Warrington Town.

But Reynolds insists Brig have nothing to fear.

He said: “Yes, Darlington will be a good side.

“They seem to line up in a 4-4-2 and they do look good, but we are definitely going to go into tonight’s game looking for three points.”

New signing Callum Hoctor missed out on Saturday due to a holiday, but he can be welcomed back for tonight’s clash.

But the game has come to early for Ryan Thompson.

The former Blackburn Rovers youngster still has a knock and Reynolds only expects him to return for the FA Cup away tie against Staveley.

Reynolds himself is still missing through suspension and he admits he and manager Neil Crowe need to play it clever while the squad suffers from injury and suspension.

He said: “At the moment, we do have a few missing and with Marlow being suspended, so Lennie Reid will have to start more games.

“He isn’t fully fit yet, and therefore we need to nurture him properly so we don’t risk any more injuries.”

Reynolds is also pleased with the way that the side has adapted to a new style of

formation.

He added: “We are now more than comfortable of playing a 4-3-3 formation.

“Traditionally, we have lined up in a 4-4-2.

“But this different formation gives us plenty of options and it especially helps if we need to rotate because of

injury.”

Kick-off tonight at Irongate is 7.45pm and everyone is encouraged to attend, with hopes for a large crowd.