In-form Booth bags two as Brig advance in cup

Joe Booth scores for Bamber Bridge against Skelmersdale United
Joe Booth scores for Bamber Bridge against Skelmersdale United

Bamber Bridge knocked higher tier opposition out of the FA Cup, as a well-taken Joe Booth double ensured progression at the expense of Skelmersdale United.

Booth struck just after half-time and ten minutes before the end of the game to win a tie that the visitors started strongly.

Neil Crowe’s men will now take on Kettering Town in the third qualifying round.

Skelmersdale’s Alan Burton hit a post on 16 minutes and Danny Mitchley forced a fingertip save from Lee Dovey just moments later, as Skem threatened to overrun the home side at times.

Louis Corrigan tested Dovey and former Brig midfielder Tom Ince shot wide from inside the box.

After a poor first half, Brig took the lead as Booth nestled his effort past Martin Fearon.

The home side were invigorated by the goal, and could have had another ten minutes later.

Brett Ormerod spurned a chance to shoot, instead choosing to square to Booth, but Skem defender Robert McIntosh arrived in the nick of time to clear.

Matt Lawlor then hacked a Danny Mitchley shot off the line.

Just as it looked like squeaky bum time for the home support, a sweeping team move resulted in Jamie Milligan’s cross from the left being bundled home by Booth to secure the victory.

Late on, Mitchley was again thwarted by Dovey.

Bamber Bridge: Dovey; Hankin (Mahoney 73’), Lawlor, Steel, Green; Booth, Kay, McKenna, Milligan (Marlow 83’); Linney, Ormerod (Vasey 87’).

Subs not used: Alexander, Swindlehurst.