Festive period could be pivotal in Brig’s season

Andy Bell celebrates his equaliser against New Mills
Andy Bell celebrates his equaliser against New Mills
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Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe feels December could prove pivotal in his sides Evo Stik Division One North

campaign.

Brig take on Farsley FC on Saturday with a tie at home against Darlington 1883 and an away trip to Warrington to follow.

The Irongate outfit

defeated Warrington earlier in the season and they are yet to meet Farsley and Darlington, who sit fifth and first in the league table.

“December could be a

defining month for us,” said Crowe. The next three games are huge and then as we get further in to December it works out we have to play four games in eight days.”

Tonight, Tuesday, Brig take a break from league action as they travel to Flixton to face Northwich Victoria.

Both sides will battle it out for a place in the third round of the Doodson Cup.

Former PNE midfielder Paul McKenna is back from suspension but assistant boss Neil Reynolds is still banned.

Crowe added: “This game is one I actually don’t mind, it means Neil Reynolds’ is back for Saturday’s league game and I can make a few changes.

“I told the lads who were on the bench on Saturday that they would be starting so they can expect four or five changes.

“We have a strong squad now and it’s vital we keep everybody fresh.”

On Saturday, Brig fought back from 1-0 down to win the game in the final minute.

Subs Andy Bell and Stuart Vasey equalised and scored to make it six wins on the bounce.

But Crowe was less than impressed with the overall performance.

He said: “To be honest I thought we should have been four or five nil up in the first half.

“Then at 0-0 they are always in it and they hit a wonder strike.

“I thought we could have been here till midnight before we scored, but to be fair the lads kept going.

“All three subs made an impact, two scored and the other got an assist.”