Team award just reward says boss

Bamber Bridge manager Neil Crowe
Bamber Bridge manager Neil Crowe

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe is delighted his side has been named the Evo-Stik League Division One club of the month.

Brig have won their last seven games in all competitions which has left Crowe pleased with the side’s form.

But Crowe insists he won’t be taking anything for granted and he is focusing on tonight’s Doodson Cup fixture against Cammell Laird.

He said: “There is still a long way to go yet. But if we keep ticking a long then I think we can make a challenge.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be awarded team of the month.

“It’s fully deserved and we have played really well.

“What I’m happy with is that the lads are playing for me, which is what I like to see.

“All the credit must go to them they are the ones playing the games – I’m just picking the side.”

Brig have now stretched their unbeaten run to 12 fixtures in all competitions.

Last midweek, the Irongate outfit claimed a superb victory over Skrill North side Barrow on penalties in the Lancashire FA Trophy.

And Crowe said: “I was delighted with the way we played.

“Apparently their assistant manager said we out-played them the second half, which is great to hear.

“You don’t always get that but it was a fully deserved victory even if it is on penalties.”

Crowe singled out midfielder Tom Williams, who has relished the role playing up front.

He added: “Tom has been absolutely superb in the last few games.

“Him and Ally up front are unbelievable and people can’t cope with them.

“Tom has an excellent brain. He is a good footballer and he is doing really well for us.”

Brig face Ossett Albion in the league this Saturday at Irongate and Crowe is confident they can again take all three points.

He said: “On paper, it’s a bit of an easy one.

“And yes, we should be beating them with the form we are in – this is a game I’d like three points from.”

After that, Brig have a tough run over Christmas with games against Ramsbottom United, New Mills, Darlington 1883 and Mossley.

And Crowe understands the run of fixtures won’t be easy.

He said: “After Ossett, we have a real tough run so it won’t be easy. But like I said, we are doing well so I have the confidence in us.”

But there is one downside for Bamber Bridge at the moment, who face Bacup and Rossendale FC next Tuesday in the LFA Trophy.

The Irongate outfit should have playing against Euxton Villa in a benefit game for injured Greg Johnstone but the LFA have refused to change the cup date.

Crowe said: “It’s a shame we couldn’t move the fixture but it’s on December 17 now so hopefully we will be able to fit that tie in.”