Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe says that anyone who questioned his players and the team spirit at the club were proved wrong after Saturday’s slick 1-0 victory at Ossett Albion.
Matty Kay - who was placed on the transfer list in November but has since been brought back into the fold - fired Brig to victory with a sublime strike in the 42nd minute.
And Crowe says the morale and commitment of the players is stronger than ever.
He said: “I think over the last couple of weeks one or two people have questioned the commitment and spirit of the team.
“But anyone who went to Ossett will have seen that the team spirit and commitment is stronger than ever.”
Crowe praised former Blackpool player Kay for slotting back into the side.
He said: “He looked like he enjoyed it, he played well. What has happened in the past has happened and going forward Matty started on Saturday and he played well.”
Brig are 14th in the First Division North table and have six games in hand on some of the sides above them after bad weather lead to mass postponements in December.
But Crowe’s side’s attention is currently on reaching the second round of the Doodson Cup when they travel to Lancaster’s Giant Axe ground tonight.
He said: “It is the last cup we are in and we want to get as far as we possibly can.
“Lancaster are doing well and it will be a very tough game.”
Crowe’s only absentee for the clash is striker Brett Ormerod who is carrying a calf injury and the ex-PNE player may also miss Saturday’s league clash at 18th-placed Scarborough Athletic.
He said: “We have not even played half of our games and there is a long, long way to go. We will just take each game as it comes. We want to get as high in the league as possible. We played Scarborough last year and they are a very big, physical side, it is not an easy place to go to.”