Unbeaten run is over but reasons to be cheerful

Matt Lawlor put in a great shift for Bamber Bridge against Darlington 1883
Matt Lawlor put in a great shift for Bamber Bridge against Darlington 1883

Bamber Bridge’s 15-match unbeaten run came to an end as a solitary strike by David Dowson sealed the points for Darlington 1883.

The loss sees Brig drop to fifth in the Evo-Stik League Divison One North.

In a game of few chances, Brig dominated possession and outplayed big spenders Darlington for the majority of the half.

Midfield maestro Matty Kay was pulling all the strings for Brig as Neil Crowe’s side went in level at the break.

The strong North Easterly winds dominated at West Auckland and Steve James saved well from a Stephen Thompson free-kick.

Brig then had a chance of their own in the second half but they failed to take advantage of a sloppy clearance by Darlington keeper Mark Bell.

On the hour mark, Darlington took the lead.

David Dowson kept his cool to convert from 18 yards – his only scoring opportunity of the day when latching on to a precise pass by Jonny Davis which put the forward in a one-on-one situation.

Bamber Bridge piled on the pressure in the closing stages and there were some anxious moments for the home side, especially during six minutes of injury time during which the visitors twice forced corners.

But unfortunately for Brig, they couldn’t find a way through so succumbed to the home side’s only real

chance.

Brig return to Irongate this Saturday in a busy Christmas period as they take on Ramsbottom United .

Kick off will be 3pm.

Tonight is also the Greg Johnstone benefit match against Euxton Villa – kick-off at Irongate is 7.45pm.

BRIG: James, Mahoney, Hastings, Lawlor, Alexander, Kay, Reid (Bowyer 74), Thompson, Bell (Watt 54), Waddecar, Marlow. Subs not used : Bonaminio, Williams, Buchan