Crowe’s still confident despite defeat to Darlo

Matt Mahoney celebrates with goalscorer Ally Waddecar
Matt Mahoney celebrates with goalscorer Ally Waddecar

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe was left ruing Saturday’s defeat against fellow promotion pushers Darlington 1883.

The North East outfit ran out 2-1 winners in an evenly-matched encounter.

The ever-dangerous Ally Waddecar gave Crowe’s side the lead after just three minutes before former Whitby Town striker Graeme Armstong drew the sides level after 15 minutes.

And Darlington completed their comeback four minutes before the break as Amar Purewal finished well past Campbell.

Despite the result, Crowe focused on the positives and admitted on another day things could have been

different.

He said: “I felt a draw was the least we deserved.

“We dominated the second half, and it wasn’t a case of not being able to finish as all our chances weren’t as clear-cut.

“I think their manager Martin Gray would have been quite relieved that his side went away with all three points, but it’s not the end of the world that we lost.

“All the comments I’ve seen online have been complimentary, so it shows we can compete at the top and we aren’t out of place.”

On Saturday, Brig make the journey to FA Cup giant killers Warrington Town, but they could be without midfield maestro Paul McKenna.

McKenna rolled his ankle in the tie against Darlington and hobbled off injured.

Crowe said: “It’s 50/50 at the moment.

“All Paul did was jump for a header but when he landed, the ground just gave way and he went over on his ankle.

“I’m not sure yet whether or not he’ll be fit for Saturday.

“But we know what to expect from Warrington.

“Their pitch will be a leveller as it’s not the best.

“They are a tough physical side like Darlington, and the fixture won’t be easy.

“Apart from Paul McKenna I should have a fully-fit squad.

“And as always we will be confident going into the game.”