Goal-happy Brig in rich vein of form

Neil Crowe
Neil Crowe

Bamber Bridge have certainly had their shooting boots on over the past week.

Neil Crowe’s men have blasted an incredible 13 goals in their past three games.

After beating derby rivals Clitheroe 3-1 last Tuesday week, Brig hit top form on Saturday when they thrashed Spennymoor Town 6-1 at Brewery Field in the NPL First Division North.

That victory was sweet revenge for Crowe and his players after they were knocked out of the FA Trophy by Town the week previously. The team’s good form continued on Tuesday night when they raced into a 3-0 lead after just 12 minutes against Kendal Town at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

The win was eventually sealed 4-2 and it saw Brig move into the quarter-finals of the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy.

Crowe said: “Saturday at Spennymoor was one of the best display since I have been in charge.

“To do that to them – we just totally outplayed them.

“The thing is we deserved to win 6-1 – their goal came in the last minute. It was a brilliant performance – the lads were outstanding.

“Against Kendal on Tuesday, we probably started the game too fast.

“We were 3-0 up after 12 minutes then they got one back.

“The game kind of petered out in the second half but we were just happy with the win and to go through to the next round.

“I like the trophy – it’s a good competition to be in.

“We are hoping we can all the way in it. We are in the quarter-finals now and a few big teams got knocked out on Tuesday like Fylde.

“Don’t get me wrong – there are still some strong teams like Ramsbottom and Chorley.

“But if get the right path, it would be great to get to the final at Bolton Wanderers.

“I got to the final once before when I was assistant to Tony Greenwood. We got beaten 1-0 but we would like to do that again.”

Brig – who now sit in fifth spot in the table – are at home to third-bottom Prescot Cables tomorrow.

“On paper, it’s a game we should be winning,” Crowe said. “For some reason it’s not happened for them this season, but I think they are better than that.

“We know they will be a typical Liverpool team, who will never give up.”