Crowe left unhappy with abandonment

Kieron Pickup, who signed from Kendal Town and previously played for Padiham
Kieron Pickup, who signed from Kendal Town and previously played for Padiham

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe was left frustrated after Saturday’s away trip to Scarborough Athletic was abandoned.

Athletic skipper Chris Bolder suffered a dislocated kneecap just after the half-hour mark which led to the match being abandoned.

Brig were winning 1-0 at that stage after Ally Waddecar gave them the lead after 24 minutes.

But the injury left Bolder waiting for an ambulance for 45 minutes and the referee decided to abandon the game.

Crowe said: “I do feel for the lad but we have been told he’s back at home now.

“But on our part it’s frustrating for us.

“We travelled a long way and we’ve got to do it again.

“Not only that, Paul McKenna will now have to miss Saturday’s game against New Mills through suspension because Saturday’s game was abandoned.

“I feel for the fans as well. They travelled a long way and some went for the weekend. Now they have it all to do again.

“There has been talk that the league may try to put the game on a Saturday, so fingers crossed this can happen.”

It was a busy week for the club as they signed Kendal Town striker Kieron Pickup while popular forward Greg Johnstone departed, signing for Euxton Villa.

Pickup made his debut against former club Padiham last Wednesday in the Doodson Cup and bagged himself a goal.

And Pickup drew in the plaudits once again for his performance on Saturday.

Crowe added: “We’ve been chasing Kieron for six to eight weeks and I’m pleased we have managed to get him.

“On Saturday, him and Ally were frightening up top – Scarborough simply couldn’t handle them.

“I’m hoping that he’s going to be a key signing for us.

“We’ve got a quality side now when everybody is fit.”

Crowe is expecting a tough game against inconsistent New Mills on Saturday.

He said: “No game in this league is easy and New Mills won’t be any different.

“Paul McKenna and Matt Mahoney are missing, but Stu Vasey could be back.”

Kick off at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium is 3pm.