Brig prove they are awake to all dangers

Mark Buchan for Bamber Bridge FC in their game against Wakefield FC
Mark Buchan for Bamber Bridge FC in their game against Wakefield FC

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe was delighted to see his side grind out a victory against Wakefield at the weekend.

The Irongate outfit ran out 2-1 winners, and now have the unusual task of facing Wakefield again this Saturday.

But prior to Saturday’s fixture, Brig take on Skrill North side AFC Barrow tonight in the second round of the Lancashire FA Trophy.

Crowe said he will make a couple of changes, and will only be taking a small squad up north.

He said: We’ll only be taking a squad of 14 to this game.

“We have a couple of players who need a rest, and Matt Mahoney has a groin problem which we don’t want to

aggravate.

“I will be changing it around and I want Roberto Bonaminio to get another game under his belt.

“But we will still be going to win the game and I think it will be an interesting tie.”

Should Brig defeat Barrow, they are set to face Bacup Borough in the next round on

December 10.

That tie would clash with the Greg Johnstone benefit game, so should they qualify, Crowe hopes the LFA Trophy game can be moved.

He said: “If we qualify then I hope the LFA can move it, and we’ll speak to Bacup to see what can be done.

“Greg is recovering well from his broken leg and we want the game to go ahead.

“It should be a great night against Euxton Villa and we want to do everything we can to help Greg.”

Crowe was delighted with the performance from his lads on Saturday – and he was particularly pleased with the performance of utility player Tom Williams.

He said: “Saturday showed that we can win the tougher games. We showed at Cammell Laird we get stuck in and can win, and to be honest Wakefield didn’t look a bottom-three side.

“Tom was excellent after he recovered from an early collision with their goalkeeper.

“He and Ally Waddecar linked up very well up front and I was pleased he could grab a goal.”

When Brig travel to Wakefield on Saturday, Crowe has said he will again be lining up in the same 4-4-2 formation.

He added: “I’ll stick with that but I might be making a couple of personnel changes.”