Boss Crowe is working hard to keep all of his key players

Curtis Thompson has  impressed this pre-season
Curtis Thompson has impressed this pre-season

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe hailed the commitment of his squad after another key member rejected a big-money move to a league rival.

Utility player Matt Mahoney has rejected a substantial offer to move to Warrington Town.

Mahoney, along with Matty Kay, have both shunned big-money offers to say with Brig.

Crowe said: “To be fair to Matty Kay and Matt Mahoney, they have both shown their commitment by rejecting these offers to other clubs.

“They haven’t followed the money and it’s pleasing for everyone at the club.

“I don’t have a huge budget and I can’t compete, so there isn’t much I can do.”

Brig take on Sunday League side AFC Brigg, tonight,Tuesday at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, with the game kicking off at 7.30pm. The club aren’t charging an entry fee.

This will be Brig’s third friendly after taking on Bolton Wanderers and Longridge Town.

Crowe’s side drew 1-1 with a young but experienced Bolton team – and he was pleased with how his side performed.

He said: “I thought we played very well.

“We played some good stuff and it was a good test for us.

“They scored quite early but we hit back straight away.”

But star striker Alex Taylor broke his metatarsal in the game, and will now have a cast on for eight weeks.

It means he will miss Saturday’s home crunch friendly against rivals Chorley.

Crowe added: “I’m gutted for Alex.

“He just slipped and landed on it funny.

“He knew straight away he said he heard it crack.

“The Chorley game on Saturday (3pm kick off) will be our biggest test yet.

“But it will be a great game and I’m looking forward to it.”