North West Counties League Division Four
West Bank Swans 26 Bamber Bridge 30
BAMBER Bridge survived a late fightback by the hosts to return to South Ribble with two points.
Lee Sumner’s side were up against it from the off as they could only get a squad of 15 players together due to injuries and work commitments.
They were a try down in the opening minutes but rallied with a score by Andy Swarbrick to put him level with current top scorer Lee Cadwallader who is out for the rest of the season.
With a quarter of an hour on the clock prop Martin Topping put Bamber Bridge ahead by diving over the line.
It was all-square minutes later when the West Bank half-back pulled one try back.
Swarbrick doubled the tally for the afternoon despite the attentions of four defenders on the line to restore a six-point lead.
Brig suffered a blow with 15 minutes of the first half remaining, powerful centre Danny Bateson was taken off with a knee injury.
The Swans made it all-square after Brig players missed a few tackles.
In the second half, the hosts got their noses in front as Bamber Bridge failed to deal with a high ball and they grabbed a try.
Swarbrick added to his tally and Patrick Hothersall got his name on the scoresheet to hand Bamber Bridge an eight point cushion at 30-22.
There were some nervy moments when the Swans scored a try to make it 30-26 but Bamber Bridge withstood a late onslaught to win.