Crowe in desperate hunt for centre-half

Alex Taylor scores for Brig
Alex Taylor scores for Brig

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe is frantically searching for a new centre-half ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Brig were dealt a huge blow when Phil Doughty was sent off at the weekend against New Mills.

Paul Alexander and Matt Lawlor are already missing through suspension and Roberto Bonaminio will be unavailable for the rest of the season after Saturday’s game.

Crowe is desperate to bring in a defender.

He said: “I’ll be looking to bring in a centre-half for sure.

“I don’t just want to slot players in as it could ruin the good season we have had so far.

“It will probably go down to Thursday but I really hope we can bring somebody in.”

Crowe praised his side’s battling ability in Saturday’s 2-1 victory against New Mills – but he felt it could have been better if there had been more luck on his side.

He added: “It was a real strange one on Saturday.

“At 11.30am, the pitch was like Wembley it was great – then at 12.30pm it was like Lake Windermere.

“The pitch cut up badly and it wasn’t great for us.

“To be honest, we should have been well clear by half-time but Ally missed a penalty and we hit the bar and post.

“But in the second half, we dug deep and played some good stuff and secured three points – to be honest as long as we win the performance doesn’t matter at this stage of the season.”

Brig travel to Lancaster City on Saturday with everything still at stake.

Brig currently sit outside the play-offs on goal difference, but a win on Saturday would see the Irongate outfit back in the top five.

And Crowe insists his side will be travelling to the Giant Axe with only winning on their minds.

He said: “I don’t see why we can’t go to Lancaster and win.

“There isn’t much difference between the sides. It was a close encounter last time.

“We are full of confidence and have three wins in a row.

“I do actually think it’s a must-win for us – a draw wouldn’t be a bad result but if we were to lose that would put Lancaster six points ahead.”