Marlow’s winner means numbers add up for Crowe

Chris Marlow scores Bamber Bridge's second goal
Chris Marlow scores Bamber Bridge's second goal
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Bamber Bridge all but sealed an Evo-Stik Divison One North play-off place thanks to a superb second-half turnaround which saw them claim three points against promotion rivals Spennymoor Town on Saturday.

Chris Marlow was the star in Brig’s imprioved display and the tricky winger scored a deserved winner in the 72nd minute at a windswept Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

The hosts weren’t at their best in the opening half and with just five minutes gone, they were trailing.

Andrew Stephenson, one of Town’s better players throughout the game, toe-poked an effort past Lee Dovey for the visitors from the Noprth East.

But the game turned on its head after the interval, as substitutes Jon Macken and Danny Mahoney made instant impacts, while Marlow relished a more advanced role on the left wing.

Darren Green levelled the scores in the 51st minute ,finishing well from the edge of the box after a fine bit of

hold-up play from Macken.

And Marlow bagged the winner, capping off a fine team move which was started by Mahoney.

The game was a tale of two halfs largely due to the strong winds, which benefitted Spennymore in the opening 45 minutes

But the second period saw a tactical reshuffle, something boss Neil Crowe must take credit for, and Brig dominated the 45 minutes and notched up a deserved win.

Bamber Bridge: Dovey, Steel, Marlow, Lawlor, Muscat, Kay (c), Thompson (Mahoney 45), McKenna, Waddecar, Green (Vasey 67), Pickup (Macken 45)

Subs not used: Linney, Alexander

Attendance: 271