Brig gearing up for big promotion push

Kitt Gregory is back in the Brig squad
Kitt Gregory is back in the Brig squad

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Reynolds believes a ‘mini-pre-season’ could be the catalyst behind a late dash for the NPL First Division North play-offs.

Prior to Saturday’s fixture at home to Ossett Town, Brig had not kicked a competitive ball for three weeks due to postponements.

But instead of sitting idle, Brig have been hard at work on the training ground.

And Reynolds believes the unexpected break in their fixture list has worked wonders for his team’s fitness and morale.

“I think the three-week break between matches has been like a fresh start for us,” said Reynolds.“It has given us chance to get on the training ground and work on our fitness.

“It’s just been nice for the players just to be around each other. As hard as the training was, at the end of the sessions, you could see the players giving each other high-fives and hugs.

“What that does is bring togetherness and helps team bonding. Everybody wants to play games, but sometimes you just need to have that time together to build bonds and that togetherness.”

The extra work on the training ground certainly reaped immediate dividends on Saturday as they overwhelmed Ossett – who were fifth ahead of kick-off – 4-0.

That result sets them up perfectly for the final run-in of the season, starting with a daunting trip to leaders Farsley Celtic this weekend.

Celtic are ahead of Lancaster at the top on goal difference but suffered a surprise loss to Goole AFC in midweek.

“In a way them losing to Goole tougher for us because they are going to eager to bounce back straight away,” said Reynolds.

It appears likely that Bamber Bridge’s starting XI will remain unchanged this weekend when they face Farsley Celtic. Stuart Vasey, who was unavailable against Ossett Town, is set to replace Simon Wiles on the bench. Kitt Gregory was back in the 16 after a spell on the sidelines, but Chris Marlow Greg Johnstone and Matty Kay may have to wait for a return to the matchday squad. Elsewhere in the division, Kendal travel to Brighouse and Burscough are away to Prescot.