Brig snap up two players

Bamber Bridge FC assistant boss Neil Crowe
Bamber Bridge FC assistant boss Neil Crowe

Former Scunthorpe defender James Taylor has signed until the end of the season, while Rochdale’s promising centre-half Chris Brown has arrived from Spotland for a month.

Conference North outfit Northwich Victoria have stepped up their interest in Allen, while Lee Ashcroft’s Kendal Town have not given up the chase for the 25-year-old either.

With skipper Michael White, (pictured right), expected to be sidelined for several weeks, the arrival of Taylor and Brown has boosted manager Tony Greenwood’s defensive options, and are both expected to make their home debuts against strugglers Ossett Albion this weekend.

Taylor, 26, has played the majority of his career in the Welsh Premier League, having spells with Newi Cefn Druids and Newtown.

Brown has enjoyed a promising start at Spotland, where the 18-year-old made his senior debut in Rochdale’s Johnstone’s Paints Trophy tie against Bradford City during the 2009-10 campaign, and was on the bench for their final league game of the campaign against Gillingham.

He also had a productive loan spell with Conference North outfit Droylsden, so the 18-year-old has enjoyed some valuable experience ahead of his second loan spell with Bamber Bridge.

Brig’s assistant boss Neil Crowe said: “James Taylor has some excellent experience, and it comes at the right time with Michael White injured.

“James, who lives in Shrewsbury, is moving to Wigan with his work, so he got in touch and asked us if he could come down.

“He has trained with us twice, and watched the home game with Witton Albion, so hopefully it will work out.

“Chris Brown can play full-back and centre-half, and we were impressed by him last season when he came here on loan.

“He had a good attitude and worked hard.”

Brig face another hectic month, and are scheduled to meet Lancashire Trophy final opponents AFC Fylde, home and away, in February.

Boss Kelham O’Hanlon’s team overcame Chorley in last week’s semi-final at Leyland, and will face Brig at the Reebok Stadium on March 14.

Crowe said: “Perhaps one or two people were disappointed it was not Chorley in the final because they are our traditional rivals, but I saw Fylde win the semi-final and they are a very good team.

“Like us, they like to keep the ball on the ground, and have a nice passing style.

“We play a similar style, so the final should be a very good spectacle.”