Magic McKenna fuels Green’s fire

ON TARGET: Darren Green, left, and Stuart Vasey wereboth on the scoresheet in the 3-2 win over Kendal Town on Saturday
ON TARGET: Darren Green, left, and Stuart Vasey wereboth on the scoresheet in the 3-2 win over Kendal Town on Saturday
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Bamber Bridge assistant manager Neil Reynolds believes new boys Paul McKenna and Darren Green’s ‘telepathic’ connection can fire them on to cup glory.

After thumping local rivals Lancaster 5-1 in an FA Trophy replay at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Tuesday night Brig secured a tasty away clash against Spennymoor Town tomorrow.

And Reynolds praised former Preston North End legend McKenna and fellow October signing Green for their role in Brig’s back-to-back victories over Kendal Town and the Dolly Blues.

He said: “Darren has been amazing. I have known him for years and he has played for Brig before.

“Since he has come back he has a great attitude, he has fit right in and he has been outstanding scoring two against Lancaster.

“Darren has so much ability and he is unplayable on his day. “He has picked up a telepathic connection with Paul and they are linking up really well.

“Paul is unbelievable. His passing and movement is so slick. His fitness levels are incredible.

“He has been a revelation and he has got used to our style. We didn’t do to well in his first five games but we have just got back-to-back wins and Paul was instrumental in those victories.”

And Reynolds praised the side for an outstanding performance against Lancaster and believes manager Neil Crowe’s master plan is coming into fruition.

He said: “It was probably our most complete performance of the season. From start to finish everything about this performance was what we have been threatening to do for a while.

“But the defenders worked hard all game and didn’t deserve to concede late on.”

The Moors were promoted to Brig’s league– the NPL First Division North – as 2013/14 Northern Football League Division One Champions and Reynolds believes they are one to watch.

He said: “Spennymoor is a big game and it will be one of the toughest games of the season.

“The Moors will be up there at the end of the season and no doubt whoever wins this league will have to beat them.

“They are a physical side with skill, experience and a lot of ability right across the park.

“We are going to have to be at our very best.”

Nathan Parish is out and Lee Dovey will be rested as the club continue to manage a knee injury he sustained in Brig’s FA Cup defeat against Chorley.

Brig signed young Bolton goalkeeper Harry Campbell on a one month loan last Thursday as cover but Reynolds insists Dovey is still their No.1

He said: “After Chorley Lee declared himself fit for the Harrogate Railway Athletic game but he finished the game with a large amount of swelling and bruising.

“So we brought Harry in against Kendal but Lee had to step in on Tuesday night because Harry is cup tied.

“Lee played well but the swelling is still there and we want to give him three or four weeks of rest.

“Lee is our No.1 but he is not helping himself by rushing back from injury – he needs to rest his knee.

“Harry was great on Saturday and he will go far. He is a brilliant shot stopper and he currently has all the attributes it takes to make it.”

In the Conference Premier, Southport host Dover Athletic.