Match report: Ossett Town 0-2 Bamber Bridge

Stu Vasey
Stu Vasey
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Michael Muscat bagged himself a brace of goals as Bamber Bridge ran out comfortable winners against Ossett Town.

The on-loan Fleetwood Town defender opened the scoring in the 40th minute and he scored his and Brig’s second five minutes after the interval.

Victory for Brig, ensures they complete a league double over Town as well as moving up to fourth in the Evo-Stik Division One North League table and recording their third consecutive clean sheet.

Boss Neil Crowe was forced into making one change, defender Glenn Steel was ruled out with a back injury so in came the returning Paul McKenna with the versatile Danny Mahoney slotting in at right back.

Bamber Bridge made a quick start at the 4G Voice and Data stadium with lively midfielder Curtis Thompson drilling a shot wide of goal in the opening 30 seconds.

Lee Dovey wasn’t troubled when comfortably catching a Joe Brennan header while McKenna’s ever rising shot sailed over the bar.

Town’s direct style of play wasn’t troubling the Brig back line with Matt Lawlor and Muscat winning the majority of the headers.

Despite the early chances, the game turned scrappy with both sides struggling to maintain possession.

Five minutes before the break a neat bit of play between Thompson and Vasey saw Brig win a corner, and from the resulting set piece Muscat’s initial header was blocked but after a small spell of head tennis the rebound found its way to the on-loan Fleetwood Town defender and he showed great skill volleying past Brad Dixon from 12 yards.

Buoyed by their goal, Brig went in search of a second and Vasey stung the palms of Dixon with a shot from the left side of the box.

The first action of the second half saw Dovey comfortably catch a looping Nick Wood header.

Five minutes into the half, Brig were awarded a free-kick on the far left of the penalty box and it was from that they scored a second.

McKenna curled the ball in, unmarked was Muscat and he directed a header into the top right corner.

The second goal gave Brig some breathing their space and it was evident in their play with Thompson and McKenna dictating things from the middle of the park.

With the visitors well in control, young Regan Linney, a product of the Bamber Bridge Academy, was introduced from the bench, to make his second appearance for the first team.

Linney almost made an instant impact but he could only blaze over Lawlor’s knock down from the edge of the box.

Chris Marlow then made a vital clearance heading Joe Cheeseman’s header off the line then at the other end, Linney’s low clearance was cleared for a corner with Darren Green lurking in the six-yard box.

As the game entered its final stages, Lawlor found space in the area from a Green corner, he controlled the ball with his chest before unleashing a volley which rattled the crossbar.

In injury time, Mahoney almost diverted a cross into his own net prodding inches wide of goal and from the resulting corner, Dovey first punched away before saving low to his left pushing wide a Jack Stockdill shot.

Bamber Bridge: Dovey, Mahoney, Marlow, Lawlor (c), Muscat, Thompson, Waddecar, McKenna, Vasey (Linney 64), Green, Pickup (Alexander 73)

Subs not used: Reynolds, Barton (gk)

Referee: Nick Hawksby