Vics become the latest victims of Brig resurgence

Bamber  Bridge's Matthew Lawlor challenges for the ball
Bamber Bridge's Matthew Lawlor challenges for the ball

Bamber Bridge jumped up to sixth in the Evo-Stik Division One North table after comfortably seeing off Northwich Victoria.

Vics, managed by former Stockport County manager Jim Gannon, are third in the table but on a day that was dedicated to Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney, they were simply no match for Neil Crowe’s side.

Ally Waddecar scored his 18th goal of the season in the 36th minute to open the scoring before a second-half strike from Simon Wiles helped seal the points.

The game started slowly with Paul McKenna coming closest to testing the Northwich goalkeeper when striking a free-kick over the bar.

The home side started to dominate and effectively passed Northwich off the park formost of the game.

Nine minutes before the interval, the impressive Darren Green neatly played Waddecar through with a crisp back heel and he made no mistake by lashing a shot into the top corner.

The second half saw Crowe’s side continue to impress and they scored a deserved second goal in the 55th minute.

Green was again involved by sending in a deep cross to the back post where Wiles finished well to score his first goal in Brig colours.

Brig could have had more but, in truth, they were never under threat throughout the game.

Bamber Bridge: Dovey, Steel, Marlow, Lawlor, Muscat, Wiles, Waddecar, Kay, McKenna, Thompson, Green. Subs: Bell, Pickup, Vasey, Doughty, Reynolds

Attendance: 227