Greg and Ali do it again

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Bamber Bridge made it three wins out of four in the Evo-Stik Division One North yesterday with a 2-0 success at Clitheroe.

Goals from Greg Johnstone and Alistair Waddecar secured a deserved victory and sent the Irongate outfit third in the fledgling table.

After a sluggish start, Brig’s man of the match Matt Lawlor helped his side get on top.

On loan Blackburn striker Curtis Haley also showed his quality again as he linked up well with Johnstone.

Brig made the breakthrough in the 35th minute.

Excellent work from Waddecar down the wing led to a curling cross which was met by the head of Johnstone.

And Brig could have doubled their lead just on the stroke of half-time but Haley saw his shot saved.

Neil Crowe’s men started the second half as they finished the first, passing excellently and dominating Clitheroe in all areas.

And a deserved second goal came in the 57th minute through the excellent Waddecar – but with the help of a deflection.

He twisted and turned in the area and his snapshot hit the ankle of a Clitheroe defender and the ball trickled into the back of the net.

Despite not creating many clearcut chance, Brig’s dominance showed throughout as they passed the ball with aplomb.

And from their best chances, the Clitheroe keeper saved well from Johnstone and skipper Matty Kay. Matt Mahoney also went close at the end but again the keeper stood firm.

Assistant manager Neil Reynolds said: “I thought we absolutely battered Clitheroe.

“We dominated in all areas and apart from the first 20 minutes when it seemed we were waiting for something to happen, I was impressed.

“Curtis Haley yet again looked quality and I’m delighted with his enthusiasm.”

Thi Saturday,Brig travel to Stavely Miners Welfare in the FA Cup with £1,900 up for grabs for the winners.

Reynolds added: “We may look to rest a few bodies, but we will train on Thursday and see how we look before making any real decisions.”