Brig suffer play-off blow

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Chorley 2 Bamber Bridge 0

BAMBER Bridge’s nine-game undefeated run ended against promotion rivals Chorley.

Brig started brightly on seven minutes when Martin Crowder’s free-kick sparking a goal-mouth scamble but the hosts managed to clear the danger.

Striker Peter Wright forced a save from Aaron Grundy minutes later.

Chorley settled down and went close themselves on 25 minutes when a free-kick by full-back Lee Woodyatt was flicked on by Dale Witham and Matt Jansen headed narrowly wide at the back post.

A few minutes later, a cross from Tom Walker picked out Jansen who headed over the crossbar.

Brig had produced a hard-working first-half display and were confident of turning over their play-off rivals.

Their hopes were shortlived as a cross by Woodyatt was flicked on by Jansen and John Cunliffe finished the move off to give Chorley the lead.

Brig battled to get back into the game and Alistair Waddecar went close directly from a corner-kick which Grundy was forced to tip over his crossbar.

The game opened up more and former Brig winger, Tom Ince, set up midfielder Dale Whittam who fired wide of the upright.

Tony Greenwood’s side looked dangerous and searched for an equaliser but they were completely undone with a late, late second strike by Chorley.

Cunliffe found space for himself down the right flank on 89 minutes and fired over a sweeping cross which was glanced home by former Brig striker Adam Roscoe from close range.

Bamber Bridge : Hinchliffe, Bowyer, Crowder, L Atherton, White, Jones, Waddecar (Mayers 77mins), Clark (M Atherton 65mins), Wright, Williams, Marlow. Unused Subs : Reynolds, A Taylor and Galliers.

Chorley : Grundy, Woodyatt, Walker, Teague, Russell, Vermiglio (Fairhurst 89mins), Whitham, Flitcroft, Cunliffe (Payne 89mins), Jansen (Roscoe 63mins), Ince. Unused Subs : Stepien, and Smith