Wadde comeback from Brig’s fliers

Bamber Bridge vs Mossley ''by Stefan Willoughby''Peter Wright shows his strength
Bamber Bridge vs Mossley ''by Stefan Willoughby''Peter Wright shows his strength
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Bamber Bridge 2 - 2 Mossley

Bamber Bridge extended their unbeaten run to three games by recovering from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Mossley on Tuesday.

Buoyed by back-to-back wins, the home side came out of the blocks in a determined mood and dominated the opening period of the game.

They could so easily have taken the lead no less than four times within the first 10 minutes.

However, Mossley scored with their first meaningful attack after 11 minutes against the run of play.

A sweeping move down the left by the visitors ended when a superb Mike Fish cross was converted on the half-volley by lively midfielder Chris Rowney.

Undaunted by the setback, Brig continued to throw men forward and Aaron Taylor came close on 14 minutes when former Chorley goalkeeper, Peter Collinge, clawed away the striker’s lobbed header from just beneath the crossbar.

Mossley began to settle and played with plenty of conviction.

The visitors industry was rewarded with a second goal after 33 minutes when Rowney converted a fine cross from the left.

On the stroke of half-time Brig nearly reduced the deficit when a Taylor header, from a Waddecar corner-kick, was cleared off the goal-line.

Any negative sentiments were emphatically dispelled after the break.

Bamber Bridge got the breakthrough that they had been looking for in the 57th minute when Alistair Waddecar was put in on goal after Mike Galliers had lofted the ball over the top of the visiting defence.

As Waddecar made for goal he was brought down inside the area by Mossley substitute Ryan Barrow, and the spot-kick was converted with confidence by skipper Michael White.

There was no denying Brig and they deservedly got on level terms five minutes later when Morecambe loanee, Gavin Clark, scored his first goal in a Brig shirt at the near post, following another excellent cross by Bowyer from the right.

From this point on, the game swung from one end to the other.

Home goalie Ben Hinchliffe pulled off a great save at full stretch following a fine Kristian Dennis drive.

At the other end Matty Kay should have done better than to lob over the Brig bar after 73 minutes for Mossley when well-placed, whilst Waddecar came close for the home side immediately afterwards when he picked up a neat Reynolds through-ball and rounded Collinge. However, his momentum took him wide of the goal and his angled shot could only find the side-netting.

Both sides were going all-out for the winner but 2-2 was a fair result.

Bamber Bridge: Hinchliffe, Bowyer, Marlow, L Atherton, White, Reynolds, Waddecar, Clark, A Taylor, Jones, Galliers (Wright 87). Unused Subs: Mayers, Crowder M Atherton