Adaptability the key to success for Brig

Photo: David Hurst, Bamber Bridge's  Zach Clarke is relishing the chance to play against his former club Kendal Town
Photo: David Hurst, Bamber Bridge's Zach Clarke is relishing the chance to play against his former club Kendal Town

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe feels it’s vital in the final stages of the season that his side has the ability to adapt to new systems.

The Irongate outfit have drawn in plaudits from fans for their passing style of play.

But due to the recent weather, pitches have become heavy meaning a passing style isn’t always possible.

And Crowe is delighted that his squad can change systems when they have to.

He said: “Being able to change your system is vital at this stage of the season.

“It isn’t always possible to play a certain way and that has been seen recently with all the pitches and how poor a state they are in.

“So when we have to we change our system and it has been a success when he have tried things in the past.”

Brig take on Kendal Town this Saturday in the Evo-Stik League Division One and it will be special game for Brig forward Zach Clark.

Tricky winger Clark started the season at Saturday’s opponents and only joined Brig in January.

But Crowe has all the confidence in Clark and says the winger is relishing the opportunity to play his former club.

He said: “I’ve had Zach on the phone and he is very keen to play against Kendal.

“There is no guarantee he will start as it all depends on the system we play.

“But Zach has a great attitude towards the club and he is also very experienced at this level.

“I expect him to keep his feet on the ground and not do anything silly so I’m not worried about him in the game.”

Brig can will also be able to welcome back midfielder Lennie Reid.

Reid has been out with a leg injury in recent weeks and will be involved in the squad for Saturday’s game.

And Crowe is pleased that Reid has regained his fitness and is calling on the midfielder to pick up where he left off and continue to influence the game.

He said: “Lennie will be back with us this Saturday.

“He’s played a big part this season, it was a shame, he got injured just before the season and it took him a while to get going.

“But once he got in the side and got himself fitter he got a good run of games under his belt and he made a big


“To be fair to Lennie, he keeps himself fit and in good shape off the pitch and I’m glad to have him back.

“Now we want to keep him fit and want him to play a big part in the rest of the


Last Saturday, Brig’s match against Burscough was abandoned because of the weather and the fixture has been rearranged for Tuesday, February 25, at Irongate

(kick-off 7.45pm).