City slickers earn win despite Brig’s spirited fightback

Craig Dootson saves well to deny Ally Waddecar
Craig Dootson saves well to deny Ally Waddecar

High-flying Salford inflicted a second successive league defeat on Bamber Bridge.

A Matty Kay own goal gave Salford the perfect start before top scorer Sam Madeley rounded Harry Campbell to double the Ammies lead on 20 minutes.

Ally Waddecar halved the deficit early in the second half with a superb solo effort, but a fightback from Brig was thwarted as Salford held on to go back to the top of the Evo-Stike North Division One table.

In blustery conditions, Salford went into a quickfire lead. Danny Webber’s corner was flicked into his own net at the near post by Brig skipper Kay, after Campbell had initially done well to divert Gareth Seddon’s shot out of play

The second goal arrived when Madeley showed composure to latch on to a through ball and slot home past the advancing Campbell for his 14th goal of the season.

Despite playing into a strong headwind, Brig went close a number of times, with Craig Dootson saving well on more than one occasion.

Waddecar proved a consistent menace and, with five minutes gone in the second half, he scored the pick of the goals, turning Salford captain Christopher Lynch inside out before cutting inside and firing the ball in.

Brig piled on the pressure, as Waddecar and Lawlor spurned two opportunities in quick succession.

But the threat from Salford on the break was always there, with debutant Philip Dean’s deflected strike thudding against the crossbar.

Despite the best efforts of Waddecar and the classy Paul McKenna, Brig could not find an equaliser, and Salford held on to secure all the points for the first time under the tenure of new managerial duo Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson.

Bamber Bridge: Campbell, Steel, Marlow, Lawlor, Doughty, Wiles, Waddecar, Kay, McKenna, Pickup, Vasey

Attendance: 341