Brig looking to overcome Warrington

Leon McLaughlin. Pics by Stefan Willoughby
Leon McLaughlin. Pics by Stefan Willoughby

BAMBER Bridge FC is looking to end the hoodoo against its bogey team Warrington Town at the QED Stadium on Saturday.

Neil Crowe’s side has lost twice to Town this season, both in the league and the FA Cup, so his assistant Neil Reynolds believes it will not be easy.

Reynolds said: “We are going to be struggling, with Luke Atherton struggling with an injury that he picked up last week.

“It is even harder without Luke, because he brings a lot to the team at the centre of the defence.

“Then Matt Mahoney got sent off a fortnight ago, so he will be serving a suspension.

“Danny (Mahoney) is struggling with a back strain, but we will have to patch a team together and try to get a result.

“We have set ourselves a target of 60 points for the season, which would be a decent return, considering all the off-the-field problems.

“We are on 50 points at the minute so there are five games to get to that total.

“The club is just trying to build for next year, and Neil and I are trying to look to the future.”

Bamber Bridge ended a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Harrogate Railway Athletic.

Reynolds said: “It was great to bounce back, and the lads showed great character.

“We may have expected to pick up all three points, but it is hard when they came back into it in the second half.

“The lads did brilliantly, including Darren Green playing at full-back, even though he has played up front this year.

“Simon Lakeland had left the club, so we had a gap, and credit to Darren, he filled in well.”

Another highlight for Reynolds was the three-pronged attack of Leon McLaughlin, Ally Waddecar and Chris Marlow linked up well.

He said: “With those three guys playing, I know that the players will not be lacking pace up front.

“Danny Mahoney is also in a good run of form, and his goal on Saturday made it nine in six games.

“I think Danny has great ability, and has the makings of a great player.

“If he can work on staying fit during pre-season, then he can add a lot to the team.”