Bamber Bridge’s losing run of five matches was halted in style, with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Goole AFC at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Saturday.
It took just over a minute for home debutant Ben Wharton to open his Brig account. The in-form Adam Dodd played the ball to the former Colne man, who turned brilliantly with the ball at his feet and fired into the shop corner to make it 1-0.
In truth, Brig dominated proceedings all afternoon, with Goole’s shape and disorganisation allowing the home side to cruise through the game.
With 15 minutes on the clock it was 2-0. Jamie Milligan whipped in a dangerous free kick on the left hand side, which was bundled in by Wharton once again, to give him two goals on his home debut.
Brig made it three before the break. Some fantastic build up play in and around the Goole 18 yard box allowed central midfielder Michael Potts, to turn his man in the area, pull the defender away and hammering the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the visiting keeper’s net.
With the half time score at 3-0, Neil Crowe’s side could be forgiven for thinking the game was already over. Their urgency and dynamism on the ball continued into the second half however, with Brig creating chance after chance whilst the visitors rarely threatened their goal.
A fourth goal wrapped the match up on 64 minutes. A goal mouth scramble following a Brig corner gave the on loan Blackburn Rovers playmaker, Ramirez Howarth time to smash the ball low into the goal.
Lancaster City drew 1-1 at home to Colwyn Bay, while Mossley thrashed Burscough 4-0. Clitheroe drew 2-2 at Prescot Cables.
In the FA Trophy, Kendal Town lost 2-0 to Nantwich Town.