Workington trip is lure as Brig eye cup glory

Bamber Bridge player Joey Mullen
Bamber Bridge player Joey Mullen

A long trip up to the Cumbrian coast awaits Bamber Bridge if they triumph in tonight’s FA Cup first qualifying round replay at Squires Gate.

The winners of tonight’s game have been drawn away to Evo-Stik Premier Division side Workington in the second qualifying round.

And with the reward of £4,500 from the competition’s sponsors on offer if they can make it past both Squires Gate and former Football League side Workington, a considerable sum for a club such as Brig who have to operate on a tight financial budget, there is ample incentive for Brig to progress.

However, they must first focus on seeing off North West Counties League Premier Division outfit Squires Gate tonight, Tuesday, after the Blackpool-based side escaped from the Sir Tom Finney Stadium with a 2-2 draw on

Saturday.

Brig boss Neil Crowe was left rueing the fact his side, who have been in good form and are unbeaten since the opening day of the season, were unable to overcome a team which plays a level below in the non-league pyramid.

Andy Bell had twice put Brig ahead on Saturday in front of a healthy crowd of 264, only for them to be pulled back on both occasions, the second when Alex McKendrick levelled just five minutes from time.

And Crowe left his players in no doubt as to his feelings.

“I’m very disappointed,” he said.

“They’ve had two shots and scored from both. We’ve had 25 shots and scored two, and we have also missed a penalty in the second half.

“It should have been a game that was won after an hour, easily, and I’ve told them that.

“They know that that’s not good enough. We should be battering teams like that.”