Crowe not worried over pre-season form

Brett Ormerod and Andy Teague
Brett Ormerod and Andy Teague

Neil Crowe admits he has no concerns over Bamber Bridge’s pre-season form.

Brig are yet to score a goal in their pre-season campaign.

The Evo-Stik Division One North outfit have battled it out against Altrincham, Preston North End and most recently Chorley, where they lost 2-0.

Brig have performed well in the three fixtures and silly errors have cost them.

Tonight, Tuesday, Crowe and his men welcome National League North side AFC Fylde to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

Despite the lack of goals and failure to win a game, Crowe has no concerns.

“We want to be testing ourselves against teams such as Fylde, Chorley and Altrincham,” said the Brig boss.

“It’s a good opportunity to try things out, we need the tests.

“We’ve played some good stuff over the three games and I’m really pleased with how we are playing.

“I thought in the second half we were the better side against Chorley.

“We just upped our tempo and I thought that was a big difference, but to be fair to Chorley they were the better side in the first half.

“I thing we are using the pitch well and the games have been a good exercise for us.

“Fylde won’t be an easy game for us but we’re looking forward to it.”

Brig will be without Matt Lawlor tomorrow night but they can welcome back Glenn Steel.

Michael Barnes will also miss the game with an ankle injury but Paul McKenna is expected to play some part in the tie after missing the Chorley game with a calf strain.

Crowe has delved into the transfer market once again to make his fifth signing of the summer.

Former Fleetwood Town and Blackpool midfielder Jamie Milligan has joined the club after last featuring for National League North outfit Harrogate Town.

Milligan played against Chorley on Saturday and Crowe was delighted with his performance.

“He has so much time on the ball,” he added.

“He was very impressive and he doesn’t give the ball away and the signing has gone down very well at the club.

“But I’ve been impressed with quite a few lads.

“Joe Booth is looking good in the number 10 role and Curtis Thompson was excellent at full back against Chorley.”