Brig’s play-off dream is over

Chorley Vs Bamber Bridge ''Pix of Brig's Peter Wright''Pix by Stefan Willoughby
Chorley Vs Bamber Bridge ''Pix of Brig's Peter Wright''Pix by Stefan Willoughby
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Brig’s hopes of a play-off charge has faded badly in recent weeks, and last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Wakefield virtually ended any chance of a place in the end-of-season shoot-outs.

“We had a big chat about it before Saturday’s game, and we knew if we didn’t get a result there then that was probably it, so realistically we’ve written it off,” said the former Magpies striker.

“It was always going to be a tough ask, but we had some good results in February, and for a while it looked like we might get into contention. We’ve just got to finish as high as we can in the league.”

Brig host fifth-placed Curzon Ashton at Irongate on Saturday, a fortnight after a battling 2-2 draw at The Tameside Stadium, Brig’s only point since last month’s Lancashire Cup final defeat to AFC Fylde.

“Perhaps losing the final has had something to do with it,” added Wright. “Your form can go one way or the other after a cup defeat, and we’ve not picked it up again.

“I suppose I can take a little bit of the blame for that because I was suspended for the final, but we’ve got to move on. We’ve a lot of young lads in the side, some of them learning their trade, and they will have more experience next season.”

Wright has endured a difficult season with injury, but six goals in a dozen starts means he can still finish the campaign on a high with seven games left on the fixture card.

“I’ve had a nightmare with injuries and that’s a huge frustration because I’ve not suffered too many in my career,” he said. “Looking ahead to next season, I’d like to think I’d still be at Bamber Bridge because I’m happy here.

“There are seven games left – starting against Curzon on Saturday – and we’ve also got Chester and Chorley to play before the end of the season, so we’ve got some really good tests to come.”

l Brig are in home action next Tuesday when Mossley provide the opposition.