Crowe aims to boost Brig firepower

Gavin Clark has the ball for Bamber Bridge in a friendly against Coppull Utd on July 14''Pix by Stefan Willoughby
Gavin Clark has the ball for Bamber Bridge in a friendly against Coppull Utd on July 14''Pix by Stefan Willoughby

Bamber Bridge manager Neil Crowe says he still wants a frontman to bolster his squad.

The Brig boss has secured the services of Matt Mahoney and Gavin Clark, but admits he wants a striker to fire in the goals.

Brig beat Coppull United 1-0 in their most recent friendly with a free-kick from Alex Porter.

Work commitments mean that Aaron Taylor is unlikely to be available, so Crowe is more desperate than ever to bag a striker.

Crowe said: “I’m hopeful for one more player. We’re still looking for a striker. I’ve spoken to somebody, but it’s not confirmed.

“Against Coppull we had a goal disallowed, and had about four good chances.”

Crowe said he was delighted by the recruitment of Mahoney and Clark.

“I know what I’m working with,” he said. “It’s about getting the right players who don’t want big money.

“It shows they want to play for you.

“Matt Mahoney has been around this level for four years, and he’s only 22.

“Gavin Clark was with us on loan last season for three months.

“He was the reserve team captain at Morecambe, and he’s a confident lad.”

Crowe said last week’s match at Coppull United was – literally – a game of two halves.

“In the first half we weren’t very good,” he admitted. “In the second half I put on four experienced players, and we were much better.”

The manager said the purposes of the friendlies were about building up to the first league game of the season on August 13 at Cammell Laird.

“The result is immaterial,” he said. “I’ve not played our full strength team yet. We are looking at other people.”

Crowe believes Skelmersdale and AFC Flyde will be among the favourites next season, but thinks it will be different to previous years.

“Now that Chester City and Chorley have been promoted I think it will be a bit more even,” he explained.