Morale-boosting derby success for Brig

Matt Lawlor challenges for the ball as Jack Dorney looks on
Matt Lawlor challenges for the ball as Jack Dorney looks on
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Neil Crowe’s Bamber Bridge put in a fine display defeating newly promoted Chorley 3-1.

In a fixture that hasn’t been played in a number of years Brig certainly rose to the occasion and put in a fine display.

Josh Hine gave the Magpies the lead early in the first half, before Matt Mahoney equalised with a 20-yard effort.

Just before the break Ally Waddecar rifled a long range effort to the right of the goalkeeper giving Brig the half time lead.

The second half was played at an intense pace with both sides looking to pass the ball on an excellent surface at The Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

Former Lancaster City defender Glen Steele marked his return to Bamber Bridge on 70 minutes with a close range header to make it 3-1.

Brig held on to record a confidence boosting performance and one that will certainly alert plenty of sides in the Evo-Stik League Division One North.

On Tuesday, both sides are in pre-season action once again taking on Football League sides.

Preston North End will make the trip to The Sir Tom Finney Stadium with a bumper crowd expected.

Kick off will be 7pm and fans are advised to get there early as a large crowd is expected.

Graham Alexander’s Fleetwood Town will be the visitors to The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium as the Magpies will take part in their third pre-season friendly.

Kick off tonight will be 7.45pm.

On Saturday, Chorley welcome a young Bolton Wanderers side before they travel to big spenders Salford City on Tuesday, July 29.

The clubs pre-season campaign will end with a trip to the Store First Stadium to take on James Beattie’s Accrington Stanley on Friday, August 1.

The club are running a 100 seater coach and to book a place call Cath Still on 07866774624.