Crowe is determined to even record with Farsley

Curtis Thompson on the ball
Curtis Thompson on the ball

Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe is full of confidence ahead of Saturday’s ‘six-pointer’ against Farsley.

Brig drew 0-0 in the Evo-Stik League Division One with second-placed Farsley earlier in the season.

And last month, Brig lost 1-0 to Saturday’s opponents in the Doodson Sports Cup.

But Crowe is still more than confident that his side can claim the points on Saturday.

He said: “Saturday will be a tough game but I do think we have the quality to get the three points.

“I actually think this is a big six-pointer – if we beat them and win our games in hand, it drags them back into things.

“Hopefully the weather is kinder to us this week and we can get the game on.

“I’m really hoping it isn’t off as the week after we take on AFC Fylde in the Lancashire Trophy, and I don’t want to go into that game without any competitive football under our belts.”

One of the reasons Crowe is confident of success is the form in recent weeks of midfield pair Curtis Thompson and Matty Kay.

The duo have formed an excellent partnership in the middle of the park.

And Crowe said: “I actually think Matty and Curtis are two of the best central midfielders in our league.

“The partnership they have formed is unbelievable and they lay the foundation the rest of the side.

“With those two in midfield, it allows Ally Waddecar and Tom Williams to have more of a free role which makes us more of a threat.

“Curtis, in particular,has been an excellent find for us.

“He had trials at Leeds at Nottingham Forest in the summer but both times he was told he was too small.

“So his dad gave me a phone call and asked if he could come and train.

“And we have certainly seen what a good player he is.

“When he ticks, we all play well and I actually think he could be the signing of the season.”

Crowe admits he was left frustrated after Saturday’s late postponement against New Mills.

It meant Brig yet again had to train on a matchday, but Crowe tried to focus on the positives, and said it eased his injury list.

He added: “The only player I could be missing now is George Bowyer.

“But apart from that, we will be at full strength.

“A couple of players had niggles but after two weeks’ rest, we should be fine when we face Farsley.”