A trophy at long last

GLORY BOYS: The Bamber Bridge ARL team
GLORY BOYS: The Bamber Bridge ARL team

Bamber Bridge ARL Club are celebrating their first piece of silverware in more than a decade.

The Withy Grove Park based side got their hands on the Co-operative Merit League after seeing off Wigan Riversiders 44-10 in the final.

Lee Sumner’s side have had a fortnight off since the big day, but return to training this week with a spring in their step.

Chairman Mick Reynolds said: “We are now going to be playing in a 12-week shorter season, which will decide which league we play in the summer.

“The lads have now got something to play for after winning the final, and they showed they can get trophies.

“It was a great result. The lads really raised the standards of their game.

“Wigan thought they could just turn up. They underestimated us a bit.”

Captain Damian Duncan led by example, while new signing winger Tom Bourne scored a hat-trick.

Reynolds added: “In the summer, we can train more on the pitch that we play on at the weekends, instead of just going to the gym and training in the car park.

“I think we get a lot fewer players crying off, and more people want to play for us.

“We are certainly enjoying the summer season – it is the first trophy the club has won in 10 years.

“I know we have been in the Lancashire Cup final a couple of times, but we’ve not won it recently.”

Reynolds added that the pressure is on the players to perform so they get into a division that suits them next year.

He said: “We don’t quite know how it is going to work out because there are 30 teams in a similar position to us.

“We don’t want to be in a league where we are getting beaten week-in week out.”