Don’t count us out of play-off race

Battle: Midfielder Neil Reynolds says Brig are still in the hunt for the play-offs
Battle: Midfielder Neil Reynolds says Brig are still in the hunt for the play-offs
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Bamber Bridge player/coach Neil Reynolds says that it is time for the club’s young stars to stand up and be counted if they are to reach the play-offs.

The combative midfielder believes that the players have put pressure on themselves to win the majority of their nine remaining games after the mid-season slump in form.

However, Reynolds insists that the never-say-die attitude will help them overcome more teams this season.

He said: “Manager Tony Greenwood or the club isn’t putting us under any pressure and it is up to us to get out of this situation.

“In the past few matches, since the Lancashire FA Cup final, we were knocked by two poor results against Woodley Sports and Witton Albion.

“However, we are starting to show a bit of resilience where we never give up and we showed it against Curzon Ashton on Saturday.

“We gave away two sloppy goals but battled back to get a draw out of it.

“It was so important that we did not lose to Curzon, because we think they are the team that we are capable of catching.

“I have always thought that 80 points is enough to get you in play-offs and there are still at least 27 points up for grabs.

“We would have to go on a run and pick up at least 23 and until it is mathematically impossible we are not out of the race.”

Reynolds had a spell managing Clitheroe before joining Bamber Bridge before the 2009-10 season.

He has seen many players come and go in his time but believes Greenwood’s side has the character to get promoted.

He said: “There are a lot of young lads in the squad and they are adapting well to the Evostik First Division North level.

“George Bowyer is only 19, Luke Atherton and Ally Waddecar are still learning about the game and I think we can go up if not this season but next.

“We are coming to the business end of the season and need to win matches starting with Wakefield on Saturday.

“They are a strong side and we will be looking to get the ball from the back to front quickly.

“It was our game-plan that worked when we won 4-1 earlier this season.”