Brig step up their promotion push with notable scalp

Paul McKenna in the thick of the action against Scarborough Athletic. Picture by Dom Taylor
Paul McKenna in the thick of the action against Scarborough Athletic. Picture by Dom Taylor

In-form Bamber Bridge took a huge step to sealing an Evo-Stik Division One North play-off berth with this

well-deserved victory at Scarborough Athletic.

In a game billed a six-pointer, Brig totally outplayed Boro and on another day could have scored four or five.

Kieron Pickup opened the scoring in the seventh minute before Darren Green grabbed a second in as many games five minutes after the interval.

Ryan Blott ensured a grandstand finish scoring in added time, but Brig held on and victory pushed them up to third in the table.

Brig started the quicker of the two sides, with Ally Waddecar forcing Joe Cracknell into making a smart save.

Minutes later, Brig had the advantage.

Pickup was allowed too much time on the edge of the box and he picked out the bottom corner with a drilled shot.

Brig continued to force the issue, but fortunately for Boro, they found Cracknell in impressive form.

Lee Dovey made a comfortable save to deny Matty Plummer before Cracknell made an excellent save to deny Curtis Thompson.

Seconds later, Danny

Mahoney had a header cleared off the line, while Tom Corner headed over.

Boro needed to make a good start to the second half, but that didn’t materialise.

Instead, Bamber Bridge grabbed a second goal that would ultimately prove vital.

Dean Lisles horribly miscued a clearance straight into the path of Green, who finished clinically.

Cracknell was forced to save from Thompson and then Green missed an absolute sitter from four yards under pressure from Ben Middleton.

Blott finally broke Boro’s duck in the 94th minute heading past Dovey, but it was too little too late.

Bamber Bridge: Dovey, Mahoney, Lawlor, Steel, Marlow, Kay, Waddecar, McKenna, Green (Vasey), Thompson, Pickup (Linney). Subs not used: Reynolds, Alexander, Barton

Attendance: 518