Trophy is Brig priority

Assistant boss Neil Reynolds
Assistant boss Neil Reynolds
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Assistant boss Neil Reynolds described the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy as high on the priority list of Bamber Bridge this season.

The Irongate men begin their campaign in the competition tonight with a home tie at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium against North West Counties First Division strugglers Daisy Hill.

Although promotion to the NPL Premier Division is the No.1 goal this season, Reynolds insisted that the lure of reaching the final at Bolton Wanderers’ ground means the players will be fully focused this evening.

“We were lucky enough to get to the final and play Fylde at Bolton a few years ago.

“Although we lost it was a great occasion and the LFA Trophy is something we always want to do well in and this season is going to be no different.

“If we win tonight, we will go straight into the quarter-final and then we’ll be looking to get a plum home tie in the next round against one of the big guns like Chorley, Southport or Fylde.”

Brig will start the match as huge favourites, with 
Daisy Hill two divisions below them in the football 
pyramid.

They are also battling at the wrong end of the table, having picked up just three league wins all season.

“We have had Daisy Hill looked at and know about their team and their players,” Reynolds said.

“It’s a game which gives us a chance to give a couple of fringe players 90 minutes and that’s no disrespect to Daisy Hill, but it does give us that opportunity.

“We won’t be under-estimating them though, because in games like these, the form book goes out of the window.

“It will be a massive occasion for them coming to a place like Bamber Bridge and they are going to give it their all.

“We have been in their position where we have been the underdogs and you tend to find you always raise your game.

“I am sure we will have to weather a bit of a storm from Daisy Hill but hopefully our extra quality on the ball and superior fitness levels will tell in the end.”

Elsewhere in the competition, Lancaster City – who saw their game against Burscough at the weekend postponed due to a waterlogged pitch – host Darwen at Giant Axe.

Clitheroe are away to Bacup Borough on Wednesday.

In the Doodson League Cup, Burscough visit Witton Albion and Kendal Town visit Workington.