Brig’s play-off hopes high after securing home help

Regan Linney, centre, signs a two-year contract with Bamber Bridge.'In the picture from the top left is, chairman Frank Doyle, assistant manager Neil Reynolds, manager Neil Crowe.'Bottom left, goalkeeper coach Stuart Barton and first-team coach Mick Taylor, who also signed new two-year deals.
Regan Linney, centre, signs a two-year contract with Bamber Bridge.'In the picture from the top left is, chairman Frank Doyle, assistant manager Neil Reynolds, manager Neil Crowe.'Bottom left, goalkeeper coach Stuart Barton and first-team coach Mick Taylor, who also signed new two-year deals.
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Neil Crowe feels home advantage could be the key in Bamber Bridge’s play-off semi-final fixture against Northwich Victoria.

Brig welcome Jim Gannon’s side to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, tonight, Tuesday

(kick-off 7.45pm).

And the two teams will battle it out for a place in the Evo-Stik Division One North play-off final in a one-off game with either Darlington or Spennymoor on Saturday.

Brig secured third spot in the league with a 3-0 victory over Farsley while Vics only could only draw against Brighouse Town.

Ahead of tonight’s game, Brig boss Crowe told the Guardian: “I think home advantage can be a benefit to us.

“Our pitch will be in great condition – it will be a good surface and we will want to get the ball down and play.

“We’re happy to be at home and we want to make it count.”

Bosses at the club hope the fans can turn out in force for the fixture.

The Brig fans have gathered in the numbers for the bigger games throughout the season.

With crowds constantly on the rise, Crowe feels Brig’s 12th man could be the difference.

“It would be great if the fans could turn out in force, a big crowd really makes the difference,” he said.

“The lads like playing in front of the bigger crowds, it’s good to have an atmosphere, and it gives the game an edge.

“I think we all enjoy it when the fans come, and I’d really like the extra local support.”

Brig received a welcomed boost prior to Saturday’s win over Farsley.

Young striker Regan Linney has signed a new two-year contract with the club while goalkeeper coach Stuart Barton and first-team coach Mick Taylor also signed two-year deals.

A close-knit bunch is something Crowe has often eluded to when talking about his squad this season.

And Crowe was delighted that the trio have signed on the dotted line.

“I’m glad that I can keep hold of everybody,” he said.

“Stuart and Mick have both been loyal to me, they’ve been excellent for and we work well as a team.

“Simon Wiles is joining the coaching staff next season too, and he’s a welcome addition.

“He’s had to stop playing due to a knee injury, so I’m glad to keep him involved.”