Crowe claims ref justice after cruel late equaliser

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Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe described Saturday’s 2-2 draw as a “kick in the teeth.”

Crowe was left gutted after Prescot Cables equalised with the last kick of the game through defender Enzo Benn.

Manager Crowe attached the blame to people he doesn’t usually criticise.

He said: “I’m not one for criticising officials but they ultimately cost us the game.

“Their first goal was a blatant handball but he just waved it away, and then moments later, our lad fouls their player and they score from the free-kick.

“We then had Chris Marlow sent off for what in my eyes was an excellent tackle, and he deems it a red card.

“The result felt a lot worse than a defeat just with the manner it came in.”

Crowe was delighted for debutants Tom Williams and Curtis Thomson, who both joined the club last week.

Williams signed from Nantwich Town while Thomson has signed from

Blackpool.

Crowe added: “I was delighted with the way both Tom and Curtis played.

“Tom gives me options,he can play on the right and down the middle. Curtis is a young lad and wants to start enjoying his football again.

“He came on and scored a goal which was great to see.”

Brig will be without the suspended Marlow for four games after it was the midfielder’s second straight red card of the season.

The Irongate outfit are still without George Bowyer and Lee Dovey, but the latter’s replacement – 41-year old Stuart Barton – fills Crowe

with confidence.

He added: “Stuart is an excellent goalkeeper and has bags of experience so I’m more than happy to play him.”

Brig make the trip to Padiham this Saturday, and Crowe is confident ahead of the tie.

He said: “Saturday’s game is definitely winnable.

“It won’t be easy and I know what Padiham are about but if we play well, we can come away with a positive result.”

Brig were also dealt the harsh news that former Blackburn Rovers youngster Ryan Thompson will be out for a lengthy period of time with a hamstring injury.

Thompson was distraught about the injury, and said: “I’m gutted to be out injured again after working my way back into the side.

“It’s so frustrating saw watching, knowing you want to be out there doing your bit. The injury isn’t great and it looks like six to 12 weeks so I’ll be missing a lot of games.

“But I’ll work with the physio Gus, and the work I will do with him will make me come back fitter and stronger.”

Thompson echoed Crowe’s comments regarding the

officials.

He added: “Prescot was a disappointing result with us dominating in terms of Possession and chances created.

“The referee let us down a bit for sending off Chris Marlow for a tackle where he won the ball, that then spurred them on to get the late equaliser but overall a lot of positives to take from the game.”