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Crowe ready to face big-spending City

Brett Ormerod scores with a diving header against Longridge Town
Brett Ormerod scores with a diving header against Longridge Town
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Neil Crowe is anticipating a tough encounter against big spenders Salford City on Saturday as Bamber Bridge play their final pre-season fixture.

Brig have had a mixed pre-season with luck tending not to be on their side.

Defeats against Altrincham, Preston North End and Chorley were matched with fine performances.

Brig had to wait a while for their first pre-season win as they were beaten by AFC Fylde and Silsden.

But last week, Crowe’s men defeat Blackburn Rovers and then at the weekend, Longridge Town.

With Salford making the trip to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Saturday, Crowe is wanting to finish the pre-season period well.

“The results don’t matter in pre-season,” said the Brig boss.

“But I do want us to play well, that’s more important.

“I think it’s a good game to finish on, they won our league last season.

“They’ve got some good players and if we play well, it makes for a good game.

“I think after Saturday, I know exactly where we will be at.”

Brig’s most recent pre-season victory saw them run out 8-0 winners against Longridge Town.

Lee Ashcroft’s side were no match for Brig despite a positive opening 20 minutes.

Ally Waddecar bagged himself a hat-trick whilst Brett Ormerod scored a brace.

Jamie Milligan, Curtis Thompson and Michael Muscat also got on the scoresheet.

“I thought we were sluggish in the opening 20 minutes,” said Crowe.

“Longridge started well and they were up for it against a bigger team.

“But after a poor start I thought our quality started to show.

“We were much fitter and passed the ball better.

Crowe also hailed the performance against Rovers.

“I thought we were the best side for long parts of the game,” he added.

“We passed the ball superbly, Jamie Milligan was outstanding on the left.

“He knew exactly what to do at every stage of the game.”

Meanwhile, winger Kieran Pickup has signed dual registration forms with former club Padiham.

Padiham, who were relegated last season, will be looking to compete at the top of the North West Counties Premier Division.