Crowe keeping his promise to Dovey

Lee Dovey for Bamber Bridge in their match
Lee Dovey for Bamber Bridge in their match
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Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe has stuck to his words and welcomed back goalkeeper Lee Dovey into the first team.

Dovey has had to wait patiently after recovering from an injury as Brig opted to extend the loan deal of Preston North End goalkeeper Steve


But after the deal of James expired on Saturday, Crowe is more than happy to welcome back the popular stopper.

He said: “I’m very glad to welcome Lee back into the first-team frame.

“He has shown a great attitude while Steve has been here and he has taken part in training and sessions before the game.

“Lee played meanwhile games with Euxton Villa and managed to get a game in on Saturday, so now he is fit and raring to go.”

Crowe also gave James a special mention and tips the PNE youngster to go on to big things.

“I wish Steve all the best for the future.

“He works hard on and off the pitch and he has the right attitude.”

Brig take on Farsley Celtic tonight in the Doodson Cup and Crowe is welcoming the midweek game after Saturday’s league fixture against Prescot Cables was called off due to a waterlogged


Crowe added: “Farsley are on a decent run and it will be a tough game.

“But it’s a great surface and a game I’m looking forward to as he haven’t played since the Curzon Ashton game.”

But Brig will be without the services of both Lennie Reid and George Bowyer who suffered freak injuries in a routine training session on Saturday.

Crowe said: “George blocked the ball in a tackle and it pushed his ankle back that has ruled him out for weeks.

“Then Lennie went to pull the trigger in a bit of shooting practice and he pulled his quad muscle, which leaves us light on bodies.”

New signings are expected to be made ahead of Brig’s league tie against Kendal this Saturday.

Crowe added: “I’m speaking with three lads who are looking to join us.

“Kendal won’t be easy, but I’m confident we can get back to winning ways.”