Injuries are tormenting Brig’s start to the season

Matt Lawlor and Glenn Steel challenge for a header against Northwich Victoria
Matt Lawlor and Glenn Steel challenge for a header against Northwich Victoria

Injuries are wreaking havoc with Bamber Bridge’s start to the Evo Stik First Division North season says boss Neil Crowe.

Brig have only mustered two points from a possible nine in their opening three league fixtures.

After drawing the first two, Brig were defeated on Saturday by Northwich Victoria.

Tonight,Tuesday, Brig take on Kendal Town, who currently have unblemished record in the league.

They will be without midfielders Matty Kay and Paul McKenna as well as defender Dave Hankin and forward Brett Ormerod.

With so many key faces missing, Crowe admits he is frustrated.

“We’ve gone from a squad of 18 players to 14 fit lads, we’re having to bring one of the academy lads in for tonight’s fixture,” said the Brig boss.

“All of the lads missing are a minimum of two weeks away from being able to play.

“The four who are missing would all start in our team, it’s so frustrating for us at the moment, injuries are killing us.”

One person who is returning is goalkeeper Lee Dovey.

Dovey had missed the first three games of the season due to suspension.

Marcus Burgess came in on loan to fill the spot and impressed in all of the fixtures.

And Crowe wants his number one to replicate the performances of Burgess.

“Despite missing three games, Lee has only missed the first week of the season,” Crowe added.

“But what he needs to do is hit the ground running and I’m more than confident he can do that.”

Brig start a hectic week tonight before taking on Mossley in the FA Cup on Saturday and then Burscough on Bank Holiday Monday.

And Crowe feels FA Cup wins are vital to a club like Bamber Bridge.

He said: “There’s pressure on us to perform in the FA Cup.

“Club’s like us rely on the prize money, but I want to us to aim for three points against Kendal first.”