Crowe pulls off masterstroke

Neil Crowe
Neil Crowe

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe says the club’s team spirit in the dressing room will go a long way to dealing with their financial problems.

The QED Stadium side have had their fair share of off-field difficulties as they try to raise enough cash to pay a tax bill and the players still have not been paid.

However, Crowe says things are looking up for the club as they lie 11th in the Evo-Stik First Division North – six points adrift of Lancaster in the play-off race with the season not even at the half-way point.

“The lads have done really well and to be fair the off-the-field financial problems were a bit of distraction at the time,” he said.

“However, the players have just got on with the football and forget about the finances. They have been giving 110 per cent every game means I don’t have much to shout or complain about. It has made for a great atmosphere in our dressing room – one of the best since I have been at the club.”

Brig take on Warrington Town at home and club officials are calling on local people to back them and pour through the turnstiles after their disappointing attendance of 65 against Wakefield a fortnight ago.

Crowe said: “They are just like us in some ways because of being one of the in-form sides in the league. Warrington also knocked us out of the FA Cup so it is going to be tough but we need to play at our best.”

Full-back George Bowyer is set for a return to the starting 11 after playing 60 minutes for the reserves team last weekend but Danny Mahoney is struggling to make a comeback with an ankle problem.

Ryan Salmon is currently leading the way for Brig with seven goals so far this term and is rediscovering the form that made him one of the First Division North’s most feared front-men. Crowe said: “Ryan is doing well and he makes the chances for himself. His sheer work rate is amazing. I don’t think there is another striker in the league that does as much as him.”