Brig pay the penalty

Alex Porter crosses for Bamber Bridge against Blackburn Rovers XI. Pics by Stefan Willoughby

Alex Porter crosses for Bamber Bridge against Blackburn Rovers XI. Pics by Stefan Willoughby

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Evo-stik First Division North

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Bamber Bridge picked up a well-deserved point on the road in Cheshire after two successive defeats.

The visiting fans will have been disappointed that the QED Stadium side did not take all three points, after Alex Porter’s second penalty miss this season in the 77th minute.

The home side started the brighter, and former Chorley striker Jordan Stepien hit a volley over the bar on 22 minutes.

Woodley keeper Liam Higginbotham was called upon to deny striker Ryan Salmon a clear chance on goal.

In the second half, Woodley applied some early pressure, and came close to opening their account on 55 minutes when former Chorley hotshot Jack Dorney fed the ball through to Bradley Maylett, but his shot went into the side netting.

Ryan Salmon went close for Brig on 68 minutes from the edge of the box, but his well-struck drive just cleared the Woodley crossbar

Minutes later, Ali Waddecar came close with a low drive, after being set up by substitute Simon Lakeland.

Then full-back Stuart Howson just failed to get his head to a fine Waddecar cross on 75 minutes.

Then came the main moment of the match as Adam Lakeland was tripped in the box, but Porter watched his spot-kick hit the post and rebound to safety.

It was a frustrating day out for Brig, and they will need to remedy the lack of goals if they are to going to mount achallenge for the play-offs.

Bamber Bridge: Dovey, Bowyer, Howson, Atherton, Fitzgerald, Jones, Waddecar, M Mahoney, Salmon, Johnstone (Lakeland 67), Marlow (Porter 67). Unused Subs : Reynolds, D Mahoney, Wright

Attendance: 85