Neil Crowe hailed the impact of midfield maestro Paul McKenna as Bamber Bridge thumped Spennymoor Town 6-1 in the Evo-Stik Division One North on Saturday.
It was a sweet victory for Brig, who had been dumped out of the FA Trophy at Spennymoor 3-1 the previous Saturday.
Crowe dubbed the performance ‘the best of the season’ but he also singled out the former Preston North End skipper for special praise.
McKenna scored a goal late in the game but he was also sent off for two bookable
Crowe said: “Paul made a huge difference on Saturday.
“It was a brilliant team performance and I was a bit disappointed with their manager.
“After the game, not once did he give us any praise.
“And I thought the second yellow card for McKenna was harsh.
“After the game I asked the referee could he not use a bit of common sense.
“Even the Spennymoor fans behind the dug out said it was a harsh yellow.”
And the victory was more impressive as prior to the game, Spennymoor had only conceded nine goals in 11 league games – yet Crowe’s side managed to put six past their North East opponents in 90 minutes.
Crowe said: “Darren Green, Matty Kay, Ally Waddecar and Paul McKenna just knocked it around on Saturday between each other and it was great to watch.
“Chris Marlow also played well too and I hope we can continue our form.”
Brig now have two quickfire fixtures –against Kendal Town tonight in the Lancashire cup and then Prescot Cables in the league on Saturday.
Crowe said: “Tonight against Kendal Town won’t be easy, as we know they’re a good side and they score plenty of goals but they also concede it.
“But George Bowyer and Joey Mullen are both unavailable and Paul Alexander will miss Saturday, so at the moment I’m having to rotate the team to keep people fresh.
“But we’ve got a strong squad and I’m just simply picking a side that I think will win tonight’s game.”
The kick off at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium is 7.45pm.