Haley makes instant impact on debut

Ali Waddecar and Greg Johnstone celebrate scoring
Ali Waddecar and Greg Johnstone celebrate scoring

Bamber Bridge got back to winning ways after they crushed Radcliffe Borough 4-0 at Irongate on Saturday.

Brig gave a debut to on-loan Blackburn Rovers striker Curtis Haley and the frontman made an instant impact, firing past the Radcliffe goalkeeper after latching on to a smart through ball from captain Matty Kay.

Haley scored in front of the watching Blackburn coach Colin Hendry, who was out to see how his young striker got on after his second spell in the Evo-Stik League.

Brig then doubled their lead through influential winger Ali Waddecar.

Waddecar cut inside from the byline and curled a shot passed the helpless goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

Greg Johnstone then made it 3-0 four minutes later as Waddecar turned provider and set up Johnstone who fired a volley into the back of the net.

Brig still had time to miss chances after the referee awarded a penalty.

Radcliffe skipper James Mullinuex was adjudged to have handled in his own area and despite showing the referee a red ball mark on his chest, the man in the middle pointed to the spot.

However Johnstone failed to grab his second of the afternoon as his effort was saved by the goalkeeper.

The second half was a much quieter affair with both sides having chances but neither keeper having any real saves to make.

But Brig managed to grab their fourth of the afternoon as Kay latched on to a defensive error and calmly slotted past the keeper into the back of the net and seal a deserved victory.

n Last Tuesday night saw Brig suffer a disappointing 3-0 home loss against Darlington 1883.