Crowe unhappy with lack of quality in front of goal

Bamber Bridge utility man Darren Green in action against Silsden
Bamber Bridge utility man Darren Green in action against Silsden

Neil Crowe was unhappy with the amount of chances his Bamber Bridge side spurned against Silsden in their latest pre-season friendly.

New look Brig are yet to win a pre-season fixture and have brought in a host of new signings.

But the Evo-Stik Division One North side have struggled with a number of unavailabilities over recent weeks.

Saturday’s defeat against Silsden is something Crowe wants to forget and he wants his side to bounce back against Blackburn Rovers, tonight, Tuesday.

“We were at fault for both goals on Saturday, our defending was awful and I thought we were poor,” he said.

“We then missed at least 10 chances, Silsden didn’t have a chance in the second half.

“It’s hard at the moment as I’m missing a few, on Saturday seven were missing.

“Lads are picking up knocks and now I’m having to manage them.

“I had a bit of a go at them on Saturday and they knew it wasn’t good enough.

“I want a response against Blackburn tonight and I think I’ll get that.”

Brig have confirmed that centre-back Michael Muscat has signed for the club.

Muscat was on-loan at Brig last year from Fleetwood Town.

The 19-year-old proved to be a big hit and attracted interest from several big clubs.

But Muscat made the decision to sign for Brig last week, after playing in the pre-season fixture against AFC Fylde and Crowe is delighted he has got his man.

“It’s a great signing for us,” he added.

“Mike turned down a couple of moves from clubs in higher leagues.

“He enjoys being here and hopefully it will be a good signing for us.”

On Saturday, Brig continue their pre-season campaign against West Lancashire Premier Division outfit Longridge Town.

Town are managed by former Preston North End player Lee Ashcroft.

Ashcroft has brought in a number of players over the closed season and Crowe expects Saturday’s opponents to do well in their respected league.

“Longridge will not be an easy game for us,” he said.

“Lee has brought in some good players and I think they’ll do well in their league.

“Saturday will be a tough game and a good test.”