Brig left frustrated as winning position gets frittered away

Match action from Bamber Bridge vs. Ossett Albion
Match action from Bamber Bridge vs. Ossett Albion

Bamber Bridge’s play-off push stalled as Burscough fought back to claim a point at Victoria Park.

Mark Beesley’s 40th-minute strike cancelled out Darren Green’s opener, as both sides shared the Easter Monday spoils.

Starting with the same team that put in a strong second-half showing against Ossett Albion on Saturday, Neil Crowe’s side came flying out of the blocks.

Paul McKenna was regularly given time and space in midfield to pick out a three-pronged Brig attack, with wide forwards Kieran Pickup and Regan Linney posing the high Burscough back-line plenty of problems.

Pickup had the ball in the net after 12 minutes, but he was unfortunate to be flagged offside.

But the visitors did have one that counted just 60 seconds later.

It was McKenna who once again played the precision pass by finding Darren Green, who turned and fired in off the post.

Brig continued to dominate midfield.

But after Linney had flashed an effort wide, they took their foot off the gas a little, allowing the home side back into the game.

Burscough grew in confidence as the half went on.

Left-winger Jordan Williams twice skinned Danny Mahoney but failed to a find a man in the area.

But five minutes before the break, Burscough took full advantage of a Brig lapse in concentration.

Beesley showed good awareness in reacting to

captain Ryan Williams’ quick free-kick and fired the Linnets level.

Brig almost replied straightaway, but Curtis Thompson’s shot flew just wide of Calvin Hare’s post so the teams went in at the interval all square.

Crowe switched to 4-4-2 at half-time, with club captain Matty Kay entering the fray early on for Pickup, and the visitors continued to dominate possession.

Linney and Ally Waddecar regularly linked well but failing to create any clear-cut

opportunities.

After Jordan Williams had once again posed problems for Mahoney, flashing a cross across the face of Lee Dovey’s goal, Waddecar saw a hopeful effort blocked well by Ryan Williams, before Michael Muscat volleyed only just over at the back post moments

later.

Brig had two decent late penalty shouts turned down by the officials, much to the dismay of the sizeable visiting support.

And with Burscough seemingly happy to play out the draw, Brig couldn’t do enough to claim a winner.

Burscough: Hare; Camozzi, Devine, R Williams, Ryan; Jewell (Mwaslie 84), Joyce, Brookfield, Jones; Beesley (Connolly 77),

J Williams

Bamber Bridge: Dovey; Mahoney, Lawlor, Muscat, Green; Pickup (Kay 54), McKenna, Thompson (Steel 74), Waddecar; Vasey, Linney

Attendance: 214