Super Ally rewarded with place in team of the year

Darren Green opens the scoring for Bamber Bridge against New Mills
Darren Green opens the scoring for Bamber Bridge against New Mills

Alistair Waddecar has drawn the plaudits from boss Neil Crowe after the Bamber Bridge winger was named in the Evo-Stik Division One North team-of-the-year for the second successive season.

Waddecar’s form has been nothing short of superb this season, as the pacy attacker has notched up 17 league goals.

His pace and versatility has been a huge factor in Brig’s success.

Not only has he featured on the right and left wings, but he has also starred up front in a two or as a lone striker.

“It’s a huge achievement for Ally, I’m delighted to see him get the recognition he deserves,” said the Brig boss.

“It’s a great feeling for him and it’s great for the club as well – and I actually thought we may have had a couple of others in the team too.”

Brig’s fine form continued at the weekend as they destroyed New Mills, running out 4-1 winners.

Stuart Vasey scored a brace while there was also goals for Regan Linney and Darren Green.

This Saturday, Brig host Farsley in their final league match, the Villagers have nothing to play for apart from pride.

For Brig, who have already sealed a play-off place, a win could see them leapfrog third placed Northwich Victoria, should Jim Gannon’s side drop points against Brighouse Town.

Crowe said: “We more or less dominated New Mills from start to finish.

“It did take us a little while to get going and Lee Dovey made two decent saves.

“But in the second half, we could have scored a lot more.

“I told the lads not to underestimate New Mills, even they had nothing to play for and it’s the same with Farsley.

“They’re a good footballing side, but I want us to win.

“I want us to keep the momentum and hit the play-offs running.”

Brig, who are fourth in the Division One North table, will meet Northwich in the play-offs next Tuesday.

The sides are all square in the league this season, Brig won 1-0 at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, while Vics won 1-0 at their Flixton-based ground .

With everything at stake, Crowe is more than confident going into the game.

“We know exactly what to expect, they are big, strong and physical,” he said. “But we don’t fear anybody, on our day we can beat anyone.”

Kick off against Farsley this Saturday is 3pm.