Curzon loss is tough to take admits boss

Ally Waddecar holds his man off against Curzon Ashton
Ally Waddecar holds his man off against Curzon Ashton

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe was left to rue missed chances as his side slipped to a 1-0 defeat against leaders Curzon Ashton.

The defeat leaves Brig fifth in the Evo-Stik League Division One North – now 10 points behind Curzon.

And boss Crowe is deeply frustrated that his side failed to score on Saturday.

He said: “We created plenty of chances to win the game against Curzon but it has cost us not being able to put the ball in the back of the net.

“I told the lads after we beat Mossley 3-2 that we should have won the game more convincingly and once we played a better side it would cost us, and it ultimately has.

“We missed a penalty when for me the goalkeeper should have been sent off.

“But unfortunately the referee felt otherwise.”

In a game Crowe thought a draw would have been a fair result, the Brig boss was still pleased with the way his makeshift side played.

He added: “We were already missing two big players in Curtis Thompson and Matt Mahoney through


“And then to make matters worse Jamie Hastings pulled up in the warm up and said he pulled his calf.

“So I switched Roberto to left-back and he was excellent, whiled Tom Williams played in the middle of midfield and he was absolute superb.

“We did play some good stuff in the game and a draw probably was a fair result.

“But it is just so frustrating that when we have so many chances we can’t find the back of the net.”

The Brig boss also felt that the Curzon Ashton goal could have been prevented – but he didn’t single anybody out for the defeat.

He said: “A ball was sent in and Steve James jumped to claim the ball and when he landed it hit Roberto on the head and it bobbled out and they managed to shovel the ball over the line.

“I can’t blame anybody for the loss as we played very well just not being able to finish cost us.”

The Irongate outfit take on strugglers Prescot Cables this Saturday in the league and Crowe won’t be taking them lightly despite their lowly position in the league.

Crowe added: “Yes they are 19th but it won’t be an easy game.

“It’s a real tough place to go and it won’t be made any easy if the weather plays a big


“But I and the lads are confident of winning the game, that’s for sure.”