Crowe miffed as crucial points slip from grasp

Bamber Bridge's Ally Waddecar in action against Lancaster City
Bamber Bridge's Ally Waddecar in action against Lancaster City

Neil Crowe admits his side have not been clinical enough in recent weeks.

Bamber Bridge have dropped points in their past two fixtures by conceding goals in stoppage time.

First Brig drew 2-2 against lowly Radcliffe Borough on New Year’s Day, and then they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Lancaster City on Saturday.

Brig had more than enough chances to defeat Radcliffe, while the Lancaster game lacked any real quality from both sides.

“We’ve not been clinical enough and its cost us in the past two games,” said Brig boss Crowe.

“Last-minute goals are killing us at the moment and it needs to change.

“I’m not blaming anybody but we need to start taking our chances.

“We had more than enough chances to beat Radcliffe convincingly, although I don’t think anybody deserved to win the Lancaster match. It was a pretty dire game to be honest.

“I think sometimes we can over play in front of goal rather than just shooting – it’s a pretty fine line and it’s just not gone our way at the moment.”

This Saturday, Brig have a huge clash in the Evo-Stik Division One North as they take on Class of ’92-owned Salford City.

City have just sacked manager Phil Power despite sitting third in the table, and appointed former Ramsbottom United managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley.

The last time the pair visited the Sir Tom Finney Stadium was in last year’s play-off final, so Crowe knows exactly what to expect from the pair’s side.

He said: “It’s a tough one as I knew how they had been

lining up.

“But with a new manager it changes everything.

“But I like both Anthony and Bernard and I think they’ll do really well.

“Their sides are big and strong like Ramsbottom were.

“We are missing a couple of bodies for Saturday, as Matt Mahoney has a hip injury and Glenn Steel is away.

“Phil Doughty also limped out of the Lancaster game, but I hope he is fit.”

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3pm.