Lots to Crowe about after superb victory

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Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe hopes things are on the up after his side’s convincing victory over Ossett Town.

Brig ran out 4-0 winners in a performance which Crowe described as “dominant”.

The victory also meant Brig have gone 270 minutes of football without conceding a goal and Crowe is delighted with the overall team performance.

He said: “Saturday’s performance was very pleasing to see.

“It has been like this for a while we’ve been having chances and not always converting them

“So I knew it was only a matter of time before we would score and somebody was going to get battered.

“Credit must go to the back four as well.

“Steve James has come in and has been excellent but everybody in the defence is doing well.”

Brig now sit two points off the play off places in the Evo-Stik League Division One North, but Crowe isn’t focusing too much on that just yet.

He added: “There is a long way to go.

“At the moment, I’m just interested to stay in touch with the upper reaches.

“If you ask me in a few months’ time, then of course we will want to be there.

“But at the moment, they aren’t a priority and I just want to plod along nicely.”

Recently, the Irongate outfit have struggled with injuries and suspensions with a number of key players missing out through injury.

But Crowe is delighted that plenty of senior figures are coming back to the squad.

He said: “Matt Lawlor is back on Saturday and George Bowyer is 99 per cent in contention for a place in the squad. Chris Marlow and Tom Williams came back too, so we aren’t far off now having a fully fit squad.”

Brig visit Burscough this Saturday, while they have been drawn against Skrill North side Barrow in the LFA Challenge Cup.

The Guardian’s Bamber Bridge photographer was at it again at the weekend. A week after Stefan Willoughby’s brilliant picture showed how Brig were robbed of a goal against Salford City, he was on the spot to capture the moment the Irongate side were correctly awarded a penalty for handball against Ossett Town on Saturday. Greg Johnstone scored from the spot to put his side in front, and Neil Crowe’s men went on to win 4-0