Special Kay pledges his future with Brig

Brig skipper Matty Kay

Brig skipper Matty Kay

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Bamber Bridge manager Neil Crowe paid tribute to skipper Matty Kay after the midfielder rejected a move to Evo-Stik League Premier Division side Droylsden.

The Bloods are the basement side of the Premier Division, having picked up just two points from 27 games.

And after speaking with Kay, Crowe is delighted that his skipper has decided to stay on.

He said: “As soon as I found out the news, I spoke with Matty and told him Droylsden had put in seven days’ notice for him.

“Matty assured me he won’t be going anywhere – and that is always great to hear.

“He has no interest in them and he said he is loving his football at Bamber Bridge.

“I actually think we are a better side than Droylsden so I’m delighted that he has decided to stay.”

Crowe also feels having Saturday’s game at new Mills postponed could prove a real benefit his side when they take on Clitheroe on New Year’s Day at Irongate.

He said: “It’s a shame it was called off but after they played on their pitch on Boxing Day, I didn’t have much hope.

“The results went our way anyway – Warrington dropped points as did Darlington.

“It’s just a shame Ossett couldn’t hang on against

Curzon Ashton.

“Clitheroe will not be an easy game – I went to their match against Warrington and they deserved their win.

“They were the better side and they have plenty of kids who have lots of energy.”

Brig then take on Curzon Ashton this coming Saturday in a game Crowe describes as a six-pointer.

But the Irongate outfit will be without the services of midfield duo Curtis Thompson and Matt Mahoney due to suspension, and Crowe feels the pair will be a big loss.

He added: “The Curzon game is crucial as it’s so close at the top.

“And as we are missing Curtis and Matt, that will make things more difficult.

“But we will still be looking to win the game and hopefully we will have six points more after these next two games.”