Wadd a great player

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Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe is delighted with the impact Allastair Waddecar has had in recent weeks.

Due to a lack of numbers up front, Crowe opted to push wide man Waddecar further forward and the tricky winger has relished the task of scoring goals.

Waddecar bagged a hat-trick this past weekend against Harrogate Railway Athletic and now has 10 goals this season in the Evo-Stik League Northern Division One.

And Crowe is pleased with the way Waddecar has adapted to his new role.

He said: “Twelve months ago Ally asked me could he play up front but I said no because I thought at the time we got more from him on the wing. But since he has started up front, which was six or sever games ago, I think he has been absolutely superb.

“His work rate has been fantastic and you cannot fault what he has done.”

But Crowe was keen not to just single out Waddecar, as the manager is delighted with everybody in his side.

He added: “ The work-rate in our team at the moment is excellent and that is a key to us winning.”

Brig take on Lancaster City in the Doodson Cup tonight and Crowe is expected to make a handful of changes.

He said: “We’ll have four new starters tonight just to keep people fresh and the lads who haven’t played in a while.”

The club have also arranged a benefit fixture for injured striker Greg Johnstone, who is recovering from a broken leg.

The club has linked up with Euxton Villa to play a fixture on December 10.

Crowe felt it was a necessity that the club helped their big front man.

He said: “Greg has a young family so I rang Mark

McDonnell at Euxton and we have agreed to have a benefit match for him.

“Euxton is Greg’s former club so we will have a raffle and everything made will be donated to Greg.”