Crowe in a rush

Neil Crowe and Tony Greenwood on the touchline for Bamber Bridge against Ossett. Pics by Stefan Willoughby
Neil Crowe and Tony Greenwood on the touchline for Bamber Bridge against Ossett. Pics by Stefan Willoughby
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Bamber Bridge FC boss Neil Crowe says the season may only have finished but the hard work starts now preparing for the next campaign.

Crowe and Neil Reynolds took over the reins at the QED Stadium just over a fortnight ago after Tony Greenwood stepped down.

After the club rounded off their season with an impressive 2-0 win over Prescott Cables on Saturday, Crowe is trying to bring in a few more experienced players to boost their promotion challenge next season.

He said: “We are not releasing any of the players, and as far as we know they are all coming back here.

“We have quite a young squad so I want a few more experienced ones to help them along.

“Most of the hard work is going to be done in the next two weeks, tying up a couple of loose ends.”

The 2-0 win over Prescott on Saturday was the perfect end to the season for Crowe.

He said: “We wanted to finish with a win which would put us on 70 points, and we did it quite comfortably.

“It was possibly the worst pitch we have played on all season, so it was even more pleasing to get the result.

“You cannot play your best football on that kind of surface, but we managed to keep a clean sheet which is another positive we can take from the game.”

Crowe heard how local rivals Chorley made it through to the Evo-Stik First Division play-off finals against AFC Fylde.

Memories of helping Brig to the play-offs back in 2008 still linger in Crowe’s mind when they lost out to FC United of Manchester in the semi-final.

He said: “I want to be helping Brig there, and at the start of the season your goal must at least be the play-offs.

“At the end of the day, we have got the top five teams in the league and we were seven points off them.

“This is a difficult league to get out of, but I think we can get up there.”

Crowe watched the reserve team booking their place in the Lancashire League Cup Final during the 2-0 win over Colne on Monday night.

He believes some of the stars from Mike Faulkner’s league-winning reserve side could make the step up in the next few seasons.

He said: “The reserve team has been good in the past few years, and some players such as Chris Marlow have come through.

“I have tried Steve Green in the past two games and he has scored two goals in those matches.

“He has had a tremendous season scoring 30 goals.

“And there are a few more in the reserve team who could be playing for us in a year or two.”