Brig skipper Matt set to shake off injury for final game

Bamber Bridge's Matt Lawlor on the ball
Bamber Bridge's Matt Lawlor on the ball
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Bamber Bridge captain Matt Lawlor is set to shake-off a knee injury in time for the final game of the season against Prescot Cable

The centre back was withdrawn just before the break in last weekend’s 5-1 defeat of Droylsden after the defender picked up a dead leg.

But Brig boss Neil Crowe revealed Lawlor would not miss the trip to Prescot.

He said: “Matt Lawlor should be okay.

“He picked up a dead leg on Saturday but he got it right above his knee and he could not shake it off during the game.

“He will be in contention. There is no stopping him, he wants to play, the only thing that would stop him playing is if he could not walk.”

The injury to Lawlor forced Crowe to send Curtis Thompson onto the pitch earlier than planned.

Thompson had suffered concussion in the 1-0 defeat at Spennymoor Town the week before but Crowe praised him for his performance.

He said: “I wasn’t going to risk Curtis Thompson and I put him on the bench but Matt Lawlor got injured and so I had to shift Glenn Steel (who also scored) back into the centre of defence and bring Curtis into the midfield.

“He played well and he got himself a good goal.”

The 5-1 defeat over Droylsden was Brig’s first win over the Bloods in some time and Crowe was pleased to end the ‘hoodoo’ and hailed winger Alistair Waddecar for his hat-trick

He said: “We beat them quite emphatically.

“To give them credit they did start off playing some good football but for once we were clinical in front of goal.

“Ali was unplayable on the day and I’m pleased for him.”

And Crowe said the win was for the fans.

He said: “It is pleasing for the fans to put on a bit of a show.

“The fans have been brilliant and supported in numbers both at home and away so it is good to end the home campaign with a big win.”