Bamber Bridge 1-1 Kendal Town

Bamber Bridge vs. Kendal Town
Bamber Bridge vs. Kendal Town
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Injury-hit Bamber Bridge are still without a win in the Evo-Stik League First Division North, after they were held at home to Kendal Town.

All the goals came in the first half with Kendal’s Jordan Connerton opening the scoring in the ninth minute.

Three minutes before the interval, Brig drew themselves level, midfielder Joe Booth heading in when unmarked at the back post.

The hosts dominated long periods of the second half but a combination of missed chances and last ditch defending ensured the points were shared at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

Brig return to action this Saturday as they travel to Mossley in the preliminary round of the FA Cup.

It was the visitors who had first sight on goal and they should have opened the scoring, Connerton shooting over from two yards after latching onto Craig Carney’s cross.

Connerton made amends for his early miss in the ninth minute, the Kendal forward pounced on a stray ball at the back before lifting his shot over the onrushing Lee Dovey from inside the penalty area.

Both sides struggled to keep possession on a greasy surface and a lot of the game was being played in the middle of the park.

The hosts’ first real chance of the game came in the 27th minute, Vasey glancing his header over from an Ally Waddecar cross.

Jamie Milligan’s set-pieces were a constant threat and the former Blackpool midfielder almost left Rick Whiteside red faced as the Kendal shot stopper unconventionally palmed over a routine catch for a corner.

Towards the end of the half, Brig started to string together a number of passes and with three minutes remaining they equalised.

A slick passing move saw Curtis Thompson loop a cross in from the byline and popping up at the back post was Booth who headed in off the crossbar.

Brig made a fast start after the break, Waddecar seeing claims for a penalty waved way after being shoved in the back by Kendal skipper Rob Henry.

Milligan was instrumental in Brig’s attacking play and Kendal were indebted to ‘keeper Whiteside after he pulled off a tremendous fingertip save diving to his right to deny the former Blackpool midfielder.

The hosts continued to push forward and the Kendal defence was under immense pressure.

Another Milligan set-piece brought a chance for Waddecar but the usually prolific forward failed to hit the target at the back post.

Kendal, who struggled to make an impact in the second half, almost grabbed a winner but Dovey pulled off a fine save to deny former Brig midfielder Danny Wilkins.

With the last chance of the game, substitute Regan Linney sent his header well wide from another Milligan set-piece.

Bamber Bridge: Dovey, Mahoney, Marlow, Steel, Lawlor (c) (Muscat 81), Milligan, Vasey (Linney 69), Thompson (Wiles 79), Green, Booth, Waddecar

Subs not used: Muscat, Alexander, Moss,

Referee: James Madine (Merseyside)

Attendance: 236