Crowe and co raring to go after weather woe

Chorley captain Andy Teague speaking to boss Matt Jansen
Chorley captain Andy Teague speaking to boss Matt Jansen

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe is eager for his men to get some match action after a ‘frustrating’ two-and-a-half week enforced break from the football pitch.

Crowe’s men are still yet to play in December after a string of matches were postponed due to the recent horrendous weather conditions leaving pitches unplayable.

Ally Waddecar on the ball

Ally Waddecar on the ball

Crowe hopes the rain subsides tonight as they are set to entertain North West Counties Premier Division side Colne in the quarter-final of the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

He said: “We are looking forward to playing again, it has been nearly two-and-a-half weeks.

“It has been frustrating, the lads have had five or six sessions and just want to play.

“The weather has been causing problems but we can’t do anything about it.”

The First Division North outfit are one division higher than Colne but Crowe is not underestimating the visitors and says he will be fielding a full-strength side as Brig aim to clinch a semi-final spot.

“I know quite a few of the Colne players and they are a good side and they are doing well in their league.

“By no means is it going to be easy, it will be a tough game.

“We want to do well in the Lancashire Trophy, it is a competition we enjoy.

“We will be looking to get through and I will be fielding a strong side - we won’t be taking any chances, we are going for the win.

“I have heard Colne like to play it on the floor so it has the makings of a good game.”

Brig’s star winger Alistair Waddecar’s eagerly awaited return from injury has been delayed by the postponements and Crowe says he is looking sharper than ever. He said: “Ali has been looking really sharp in training and like the other lads he just wants to play.”

Twelth-placed Brig also host 20th-placed Radcliffe Borough in the league on Saturday. Crowe said: “Every game is a tough game at this level.”