Busy spell taking its toll on Brig says boss

Paul McKenna scores Bamber Bridge's second goal on Saturday against Prescot Cables
Paul McKenna scores Bamber Bridge's second goal on Saturday against Prescot Cables

Neil Crowe says the Doodson Cup tie tomorrow night, Wednesday, against Padiham is a game his side could do without with.

Bamber Bridge travel to East Lancashire battling it out for a place in the second round.

But after Saturday’s 2-0 league victory over Prescot Cables, Brig were left with a number of players nursing injuries which frustrated the Brig boss.

He said: “I’ve got to admit we could do without it, the lads need a rest. We have played a number of games during the week and it’s hurting us.

“I will look to make a few changes and I will rest some tired legs.”

Brig put in a professional performance when beating Prescot Cables on Saturday drawing the plaudits on and off the pitch.

Ally Waddecar and Paul McKenna got themselves on the scoresheet.

Crowe said: “I thought Paul McKenna again was superb in the middle of midfield.

“His presence brings that bit more out of everybody else and we are clearly benefitting from it.

“And Darren Green again impressed which I was pleased with .

“On Saturday it was a pleasing performance – we dominated the game although the score line might not suggest it.

“We held on to the ball well but perhaps we could have been more clinical in the final third.”

Brig will be without

McKenna for Saturday’s trip to Scarborough Athletic as the former PNE midfielder will serve a one-match suspension after he was sent off against Spennymoor Town.

Crowe said: “Paul is a big loss for us but we have players who can come in for him.

“We are on a good run and I’m more than confident of our chances on Saturday. There is a good vibe at the moment.”