Dovey is not for sale

Lee Dovey in action for Bamber Bridge. Pics by Stefan Willoughby
Lee Dovey in action for Bamber Bridge. Pics by Stefan Willoughby
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Bamber Bridge FC assistant boss Neil Reynolds insists that the club have warded off another approach for one of their star players.

Northwich Victoria put a seven days notice in with the QED stadium outfit for goalkeeper Lee Dovey.

It comes just weeks after local rivals Chorley asked about trying to snap up winger Ally Waddecar.

Reynolds said: “We got a call about Lee last week.

“We talked it over with him but he told us that he wanted to stay .

“It would have meant he was travelling to down to play in the Southern League but he told us that he was quite happy at Bamber Bridge.

“It is massive boost for us because people are taking notice of what is happening at Bamber Bridge.

“Also to keep hold of Lee is great news because I think that he is one of the top three keepers in the league.

“In fact I would probably rank him as the top one and would not swap him. There is no doubt that Lee can play at a higher level but hopefully he can do it at Bamber Bridge.”

Reynolds added: “We’ve been blessed with good keepers here. We had Ben Hinchcliffe and when he went to AFC Fylde, we needed another keeper. Luckily we had Lee in the reserves and he stepped up to make the No.1 shirt his own.

“Sometimes I think we have to pinch ourselves as Lee was ready for the first team and it is difficult to find a top keeper these days.”

Meanwhile, Reynolds believes this is the worst time to be a football coach after their match on Saturday against Curzon Ashton fell victim of the weather.

He said: “It is so frustrating. I am just hoping the weather picks up and we can get a game on Saturday against Farsley.

“I feel like a bear with a sore head when we don’t play.

“It is two weeks since we played last and it makes it difficult to ring around to arrange training sessions rather than just running. We want to work on our set pieces but that is hard on indoor pitches.

“The squad is looking pretty good for the Farsley match.

“I am out injured but only Matt Lawlor will be unavailable if we don’t play Skelmersdale on Tuesday night because of a one-match suspension.”

Reynolds is hoping Brig recapture the form they showed when they beat Farsley earlier this season.

He said: “That was our top performance so far as we played really good attacking football. But we have not found that level this season.

“Chris Marlow took the opposition defence apart but he has not consistently produced that in other games.