Reynolds ready for pitch battle

Ryan Salmon goes in for the ball for Bamber Bridge Vs Curzon Ashton ''Pix by Stefan Willoughby
Ryan Salmon goes in for the ball for Bamber Bridge Vs Curzon Ashton ''Pix by Stefan Willoughby

Bamber Bridge assistant boss Neil Reynolds says the drainage problems at the QED Stadium need to be tackled after the second postponed game this season.

Brig were due to take on Warrington Town in an FA Cup first round qualifier on Saturday, but it was called off after an inspection at 1.30pm following torrential rain.

It is the second time matches have been abandoned this season, and Reynolds is worried about the mounting fixture congestion.

He said: “It is outrageous we are only in September and had a couple of games stopped.

“There is a problem with our drains, and I am not calling anyone at the club saying that it is their fault.

“We need to get it sorted because we don’t have a squad to deal with a couple of games a week at the end of the season.

“Neil Crowe and I were given a budget at the start of the season, and we knew what we would be playing with, but we have to have four non-paid players on the bench.

“If we get a run in the FA Cup and get more money in, then perhaps the situation will change.”

The winners of Tuesday night’s rearranged game with Warrington head to Bradford Park Avenue in the next qualifying round of the cup.

Apart from the drainage problems, Reynolds believes the Warrington match was called off too soon.

He said: “There was a pitch inspection at 1.30pm when it was like a monsoon.

“However, they decided to call it off, but the forecast for the rest of the day was dry.

“I reckon we could have got the game on if they had waited.”

After the joy of beating play-off contenders Curzon Ashton in the FA Cup on September 13, Reynolds was disappointed they were not able to continue to build some momentum.

He said: “We are unbeaten in six games (going into the Warrington match on Tuesday) and have proved we can compete with the top teams.

“We beat Curzon Ashton and I know they will be looking for revenge on Saturday.

“I think we have a good team spirit and can get a win.

“There are lots of positives, and we want to be up there challenging for promotion.”

The rematch with Curzon Ashton on Saturday – this time in the league – could be given spice by this shot of Ryan Salmon going in for a challenge.

Photographer Stefan Willoughby took the picture during the FA Cup tie with Curzon last week.

The challenge did not provoke a reaction from Curzon, and Salmon wasn’t booked, but Reynolds defended the striker.

He said: “Ryan gives 110 per cent every time and I would not take it away from him.”