Draw felt more like a loss – Crowe

Bamber Bridge manager Neil Crowe said Saturday’s FA Cup draw against in-form Curzon Ashton felt like a loss.

Brig took the lead in the preliminary round clash through Matty Jones, but allowed 10-man Curzon to grab a late equaliser.

Crowe said afterwards: “Curzon Ashton have started really well in the league but it’s disappointing how we conceded.

“We should have sewn it up but we let them straight through us.

“I guess at the end of the day it felt like a bit of a defeat.”

Both sides started brightly, moving the ball around well on a pitch Crowe described as a ‘bowling green’.

Curzon were reduced to 10 men after just 19 minutes when Chris McDonagh saw red, but Brig found former Chorley goalkeeper Peter Collinge in top form.

“I thought it might be our day when he was sent off, especially as he’s a dangerous striker,” said the Brig boss. “It’s just unlucky we couldn’t take advantage.

“It can go either way when a team go a man down. They put that extra bit of effort in. But we had plenty of chances so it’s disappointing.”

Crowe was pleased with performance of his debutant keeper Dave Stevenson. “He did very well,” he said. “He didn’t have much to do but he’s confident and steady.”

Brig were due to host Curzon Ashton in the reply on Tuesday night and take on Radcliffe Borough away on Saturday.