Play-offs back in Greenwood’s sight

Brig's Warren Beattie. Pic by Stefan Willoughby
Brig's Warren Beattie. Pic by Stefan Willoughby

Tony Greenwood insists Bamber Bridge have got what it takes to launch a promotion tilt.

Brig are cock-a-hoop after clinching a place in the Lancashire Trophy final – and now they can look forward to a possible clash with arch-rivals Chorley in the showpiece, scheduled for Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on March 14.

Brig followed their semi-final success over Radcliffe Borough with a morale-boosting 4-2 win at Cammell Laird, a victory that keeps alive play-off hopes.

“We’ve had a good week, probably our best of the season, and it was a massive boost for everybody to reach the final of the Lancashire Cup,” said Greenwood.

“I said to the boys after the semi, let’s use this as a spur to try to nick fifth spot, the final play-off berth.

“We have a good side. We’ve just not shown the consistency we need to force our way into the promotion picture.

“But if we can produce that, by putting some wins together, then there is no reason why we can’t fight our way into the play-offs.

“Our main problem this season has been scoring goals, but all of a sudden we are creating and taking our chances.”

Brig, who were due in action at strugglers Ossett Albion last night, host Garforth at the QED Stadium on Saturday, where they will be searching for a league double against the Yorkshire outfit.

But Greenwood will have to shuffle his pack this weekend with Warren Beattie and Martin Crowder suspended.

“That’s a real blow because we haven’t got the biggest of squads, I might have to strengthen in that area this week,” added Greenwood.

“The pleasing thing was the way the team responded, putting in a big shift at Cammell Laird and producing another good performance.

“Reaching the final has given everybody an extra edge, because it means all the lads will be fighting for a shirt for the final.

“They’ve got to keep performing to keep the shirt – that’s their challenge.”

Beattie, who fired Brig in front against Radcliffe, was on the mark again at Cammell Laird, but the hard-tackling midfielder faces cup final heartache.

The former Preston North End kid emigrates to Australia next month, meaning he will miss Brig’s first cup final appearance since they lifted the President’s Cup in 2005.

“The manager asked me if I could get a flight back for the final, but sadly I can’t,” said Beattie.

“I’d love to be there, but I’m sure the boys can do it.”

Brig will meet the winners of the semi-final tie between AFC Fylde and Chorley, who shocked Southport 4-0 at Haig Avenue.

“The display against Radcliffe was one of our best performances of the season, we played some slick football.

“We had to produce a different type of performance at Cammell Laird.

“But again we showed that we are quickly growing in confidence and self-belief.”