Crowe sad to see future star Joel’s loan spell end

Sam Joel in action for Bamber Bridge against Kendal Town
Sam Joel in action for Bamber Bridge against Kendal Town

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe has tipped departing striker Sam Joel to have a bright future.

Joel has impressed after spending the last two months on loan at Brig from Championship club Blackburn Rovers.

But the Football League club have decided not to extend the youngster’s loan and Crowe has left the door open for a return.

He said: “Sam has done well and we wish him all the best in his future. He fit in really well and he had really good attitude. We wanted to extend the loan but Blackburn did not.

“He’s certainly got the ability to do well at a higher level.”

Brig boss Crowe hailed Regan Linney’s equaliser in Joel’s last match as Brig drew 2-2 with Spennymoor Town. He said: “It is probably a fair result. Spennymoor are probably the best side I have seen that have played at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium this year. It was a great finish by Regan, he cut inside from the right and hit a left-footed shot that flew into the top corner.

“We are playing some good football but we are not clinical and scoring enough.”

And Crowe is looking to get revenge on Burscough tonight.

Burscough knocked Crowe’s men out of the FA Trophy back in October and he believes his side, who are 13th in the NPL First Division North Table ,can get a result and close the gap on 10th-placed Burscough at Victoria Park tonight.

He said: “It is a game that we feel we can get something from. They are doing well this season. They knocked us out of the FA Trophy and they will make us work for it but I am hoping we can get a result.”

Andy Dodd is a doubt due to picking up a slight Achilles injury on Saturday and Alistair Waddecar is still sidelined.

Brig also travel to third-placed Glossop North End on Saturday,

Crowe said: “On paper they are a good side and we know it is not going to be easy.”

Brig face either Colne or Holker Old Boys away in the next round of the LFA Trophy.