Ryan’s double secures third straight victory

Bamber Bridge Vs Prescot Cables'Saturday Oct 15'by Stefan Willoughby ''Danny Mahoney
Bamber Bridge Vs Prescot Cables'Saturday Oct 15'by Stefan Willoughby ''Danny Mahoney
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A second-half double by marksman Ryan Salmon saw Bamber Bridge secure their third straight victory.

Their 2-1 win over Prescot Cables was only their second home victory in the league this season, and was achieved after going a goal down.

Cables took the lead with a fine move after 13 minutes.

Liam Pearson ran on to a deft Ronnie Morgan flick-on after a good through-ball from Phil Cooney, which had stretched the home rearguard.

Despite the setback, the home team gradually clawed their way back into the game.

When they did threaten, Danny Mahoney, who had arrived from the bench on 19 minutes replacing the injury stricken Luke Atherton, came close with a free-kick just beyond the half-hour mark.

With half time beckoning, Matt Mahoney slung in a dangerous cross from the left, which Alistair Waddecar just failed to connect properly with at the back post.

Brig escaped a goalmouth scramble straight after the interval, and a couple of dangerous looking corner-kicks, before launching some enterprising attacks of their own.

Indeed, Matt Mahoney came close on 50 minutes with a drive from distance as the home team began to look more forceful.

However, Cables almost doubled their account on 58 minutes, when the home defence somehow scrambled an in-swinging corner by Cooney, off the goal-line.

The game was becoming an unnecessarily tetchy affair, as players from both sides indulged in a little bit of tit-for-tat, and the referee was kept busy.

However, Brig had now found their rhythm and began to seriously menace the visiting defence with some sustained pressure.

As the game moved into its last third, their endeavours were rewarded with the equaliser on 76 minutes, when Salmon volleyed home at the back post following a Danny Mahoney cross from the left.

Cables responded with some good moves as they sought to restore their lead and Brig goalkeeper, Lee Dovey had to come to his side’s rescue on 80 minutes with a fine block from a fierce Pearson drive, after the tall striker was put through on goal.

The visiting defence was finding Salmon difficult to handle, as the pacy home striker put himself about.

He wasn’t to be denied for long, however, and headed home the winner with five minutes to play from another Danny Mahoney cross, this time from the right.

Salmon almost snatched his hat-trick in time added-on, when shooting narrowly over from a Waddecar cross.

Bamber Bridge: Dovey, Lakeland, Marlow, Atherton (D Mahoney 19mins), White, Jones, Waddecar, M Mahoney, Salmon, Cass (Reynolds 63mins), Porter. Unused sub: D Green.