Brig all set for big kick off

Michael Muscat acrobatically challenges for the ball
Michael Muscat acrobatically challenges for the ball
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Neil Crowe is hoping Bamber Bridge’s summer signings will play a big part in the new Evo-Stik Division One North season.

The Brig boss has been a busy man over the close season making a number of signings.

Crowe has strengthened all areas of his ever-improving squad.

And Brig are set to add another face to the squad in the form of goalkeeper Marcus Burgess.

Burgess, who has featured for both Padiham and Skelmersdale United, is signing from big spenders Salford City.

The young goalkeeper will play the first three games for Brig whilst goalkeeper Lee Dovey serves his suspension.

He is then expected to return to Salford City.

With all of his business confirmed ahead of Saturday’s league opener against Warrington Town, Crowe is hoping his new signings will star.

“Marcus comes highly recommended from the guys at Salford City,” Crowe said.

“He’s a good talker and he’s a big strong lad, I’m pleased to have something sorted ahead of the Warrington Town


“Over the summer we feel we’ve added experience and quality to the team.

“Jamie Milligan and Brett Ormerod come with Football League experience whilst Joe Booth and Dave Hankin have played at high levels in non-league.

“Michael Muscat has joined permanently and he knows all the lads well from last season.

All the new signings have fitted in well, the frustrating thing is, we’ve not played our strongest team yet because people have been unavailable.”

Crowe has high hopes for the up and coming


Brig have been defeated twice in as many years in the play-off final.

And Crowe admits they will be looking to go one better this season and he wants to hit the ground running on Saturday.

“I think there is a lot to come from us this season and I want us to get off to a good start,” he added.

“We aren’t settling for a play-off place, we are out to win this league, but then again so is everybody.

“Of course we are hoping to go one better but I think this league will be as tough as ever.

“We’ve been a bit of a bogey side in recent years for


“But I think it’s the hardest start that we could have imagined for.

“There aren’t any easy games in this league”

Kick-off on Saturday at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium is 3pm.