Cammell get the hump as Curtis fires win winner

Curtis Thompson on the ball
Curtis Thompson on the ball

Curtis Thompson’s first-half strike was enough to earn Brig all three points at a physical Cammell Laird side and cement their third position in the Evo-Stik North Division One.

The home team started the brightest, piling the pressure on Brig’s back-line with a very direct approach and a series of long balls.

But after 20 minutes, Brig eventually seemed to find their feet and looked threatening down the left with Chris Marlow and the pace of Ally Waddecar up top.

On-loan Preston North End goalkeeper Steve James had little to do all afternoon, but he was called into action midway through the first half and produced a spectacular save from a dipping volley.

The away side grew into the game, Matt Lawlor hit a diagonal pass that released Tom Williams down the right, the midfielder crossed for Mark Buchan to head down powerfully forcing a good save.

On 37 minutes Waddecar, who has been on fire in front of goal, turned provider.

His trickery on the left of the penalty area resulted in a cross that found Thompson unmarked on the edge of the area.

The former Blackpool man struck a controlled half-volley into the top right-hand corner and Brig had the

advantage.

The second half began much like the first with The Lairds applying direct

pressure.

Brig switched formation to match up the Merseysiders’ three midfielders and tightened up the game.

A strong team work ethic and a solid captain’s performance from Matty Kay ensured that the visitors came away with all three points.

Bamber Bridge: James, Mahoney, Bonaminio, Lawler, Hastings, Williams, Kay, Thompson, Marlow, Waddecar, Buchan (Bowyer). Subs not used: Bell, Reid

Attendance: 56