Plenty to Crowe about after back-to-back-wins

Harrogate Railway V Bamber Bridge.
Harrogate Railway V Bamber Bridge.

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe is delighted with his side’s recent performances – and claims there is still a long way to go in the season.

Brig defeated New Mills 2-0 last Monday and then ran out 2-1 winners at Harrogate Railway Athletic on Saturday to really get their Evo-Stik League Division One North play-off hopes back on track.

Crowe is pleased with the performances, and is also happy with the way goalkeeper Lee Dovey returned to form, after being criticised by his boss a week earlier.

He said: “We have done well in the last couple of games and the performance against New Mills was particularly


“Lee did very well on Saturday at Harrogate, and that followed a clean sheet at New Mills too.”

Crowe was happy with his side’s doggedness and ability to adapt on a poor Harrogate pitch.

He said: “The pitch was awful along with the wind so it was hard to defend.

“We couldn’t pass the ball around like we like to but we did very well and created chances.

“The performance was good and if someone had said to me before the game that we would win 2-1, I’d have taken the victory.

“At the moment, it’s all about collecting the points and winning games.

“It doesn’t matter how you play as long as we grind out the wins.”

But Brig have been dealt a major blow as both Matt Lawlor and Paul Alexander will miss this Saturday’s game Mills through suspension.

The pair have been vital in Brig’s performances this season but Crowe revealed he will be able to welcome back a familiar face to the Irongate squad.

He said: “Both Matt and Paul will be big misses for us.

“But we have cover at the moment and we can welcome Phil Doughty back into the squad for Saturday.

“He’s been away with work in Abu Dhabi but it will be good to welcome him back and it’s a big addition for us.

“He’s a great defender and it will give me a real selection headache when Lawlor and Alexander are back.”

Attacking midfielder Tom Williams will also be returning after recovering from a leg injury.

Crowe said all his players could play in the final stages of the season – and he needs them all to be fit.

He said: “We need to keep a fully-fit squad now, so we don’t want people suspended.

“Everyone can play a role.

“Tom will be back and Greg Johnstone is building his fitness after getting another 60 minutes against Harrogate.”

Goal difference could prove to be a vital factor in the final stages of the season.

Crowe said: “We want to win convincingly on Saturday against New Mills. It could prove to be vital come the end of the season.

“The weather has been dry and so I’m hoping we can get the ball down and play well.

“That’s what we like to do – it’s when we play our best stuff.”