Williams and Brig part company on good terms

Tom Williams and Bamber Bridge have parted company on good terms
Tom Williams and Bamber Bridge have parted company on good terms

Departing Bamber Bridge playmaker Tom Williams has paid tribute to his former club and in particular boss Neil Crowe.

The pacy frontman has decided to take up an offer from Ramsbottom United.

Rammy narrowly beat Brig in last seasons Evo-Stik League Division One play-off final and will be taking their place in the Premier Division in August.

Williams said: “I want to thank both Neil Crowe and Neil Reynolds.

“I have enjoyed a fantastic season at Brig and, thanks to them, I have really enjoyed my football more than I have in a long time.

“Bamber Bridge is a great club, and run by some great people.

“A thanks must go to Stu Barton Mick Taylor, Gus Muncaster and George Halliwell too.

“The fans have showed great passion this year, particularly in the big fixtures like the play-off semi-final away at Warrington, and I want to thank them for that.”

Williams has played in the Premier Division before with Chorley.

And he felt the opportunity to do so again was too good to turn down.

He added: “I wasn’t looking for a move this summer and I had already told Neil Crowe I’d be back down for pre-season, hoping to go one better than the last campaign.

“But then I heard from Ramsbottom and the lure of playing in the league above was too much.

“I have played there before with Chorley and I feel that league never really saw the best of me for one reason or another.

“This time I am determined to leave my mark and ultimately that was my motivation behind this move.

“But I wish Brig all the very best for the future and I really do hope they can go one better than last year.”

Brig boss Crowe admitted he is disappointed losing the services of Williams.

He said: “I felt we had gone the furthest we could with the squad we had and that showed last season.

“Tom was a player I wanted to keep hold of - he always gave 100 percent and he was a great lad.

“But it gives somebody else a change to take his place.”

Brig will be returning to pre-season action this Thursday and Crowe will have all of last season’s squad apart from Williams down at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

Crowe has his eye on new players but he is unable to confirm any transfer dealings.

He added: “At the moment it has been quiet. But I’ve asked everybody to come back for pre-season training and we can take if from there.”