Reynolds predicts success in cup clash

Confidence is high at Irongate ahead of tonight’s FA Cup first qualifying round replay against Ossett Town.

Bamber Bridge will line up against the West Yorkshiremen after a last-minute goal from Matt Mahoney secured a much deserved 2-2 draw on Saturday.

The club will face either New Mills or Warrington in the next round of the trophy if they get through, and assistant manager Neil Reynolds is in no doubt that the side can turn over Ossett.

He said: “Hand on heart, I think we can definitely beat them.

“On Saturday, we conceded two sloppy goals , but we also created plenty of chances.

“So we have another chance tonight, and why not? Of course, I think we can beat them.”

Brig missed the services of Mark Buchan due to family reasons on Saturday, while Matt Lawlor missed out through injury and Paul Alexander is also regaining fitness.

But Reynolds is confident that all three will make an impact upon their return.

He added: “We can welcome back Matt Lawlor and he will make a huge difference .

“He is very experienced at this level and a player of his quality is always going to be missed, while Paul Alexander should be fit as well, so he will be available for selection.”

Reynolds was also keen to point out about the financial benefits that the club will gain should they win tonight.

The winners of the tie will be guaranteed £3,000, and the club could look forward to at least £4,500 should they be victorious in their potential next two fixtures.

Reynolds said: “The money is a massive thing for a club of our size.

“We are talking a huge amount which can help in so many areas, so this again is another incentive for us.

“Hopefully we can turn it on against Ossett and guarantee the cash in the bank.

“Then who knows? It’s another home tie that awaits us, but we will have to take tonight’s game first and prepare for Saturdays home game against Prescot Cables.”

Tonight’s game under the floodlights at Irongate is a 7.45pm kick-off with the club encouraging people to come along and support them.