Brave Brig must do without McKenna blow for

Andy Bell scores the equaliser against Lancaster City
Andy Bell scores the equaliser against Lancaster City

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe has been dealt a huge injury blow ahead of the FA Trophy preliminary round replay against Lancaster City tonight.

Crowe received a phone call at Monday lunchtime to hear would be without influential midfielder Paul McKenna.

Former Preston North End midfielder McKenna had been expected to miss up to two weeks after suffering an Achilles injury against Chorley.

But McKenna battled through the pain to take to the field for Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

However, in the final 20 minutes, he took another knock and tonight’s game has come too soon.

Crowe said: “Paul phoned me on Monday to let me know and it has flared up again.

“It’s a shame as he was absolutely excellent on Saturday. He is getting sharper and sharper game by game.

“Matty Kay is 50/50 for tonight’s tie too and he will need a fitness test before the game.”

Andy Bell scored in the last minute on Saturday to take the match to a replay.

On another day, Brig would have run out convincing winners but Mike Hale in the Lancaster goal had something else to say about the matter.

Crowe added: “Mike Hale made three excellent saves.

“He tipped a Chris Marlow free-kick on to the bar and he saved another Marlow header and an Ally Waddecar chance.

“But we deserved something and tonight is definitely a winnable game.

“Darren Green made his debut for us on Saturday and I was really impressed with him, and Chris Marlow had a decent game as well which I was pleased with.

“We look forward to tonight as the game is worth £2,500 in prize money.”