Promotion is the goal for Mahoney

Brig midfielder Matt Mahoney
Brig midfielder Matt Mahoney

Bamber Bridge FC midfielder Matt Mahoney hopes to make up for the misery of last season by helping the Irongate club to promotion from the Evo-Stik First Division North league.

Last season, the 22-year-old was part of the AFC Fylde side that reached the play-off final only to lose out 2-0 to Chorley.

Mahoney was also part of the Bamber Bridge squad in 2008 that was beaten in the play-off semi-final by FC United of Manchester.

Now, he has returned to Brig as he has some unfinished business at the club.

He said: “It still hurts that I lost out in the play-offs last season, but I know that Crowie (Neil Crowe) and Enty (Phil Entwistle) have been trying to help Brig out of this division and I want to help them.

“I think that we are going to have a good season because the coaching team know their stuff.

“Alex Porter has come back and I will be looking to play well with my brother (Danny) in the centre of midfield because the last time I was here I was a right-back.

“Brig have a good squad of young players and now there is a bit of experience as well.

“When I was last here we had a good season and I missed the last game because of an ankle injury.

“That year we had a lot of togetherness which so important because you can have the best players in the world but they have to gel.

“I am hoping to be one of the key players to help the team get promoted.”

The Mahoneys are keeping it in the family as brother Danny is in the first team, while Callum was released by Wigan Athletic youth team and joined Bamber Bridge reserve side.

He said: “I had a two-year spell with AFC Fylde but I always thought I would return to Brig some day.

“It is far easier than making the long trip up the coast and I think it would be really good if I get the chance to play alongside my brothers.”