Bamber Bridge are hoping to carry over the sort of form which produced a fine 2-1 derby victory at Stormy Corner on Monday over promotion seeking Skelmersdale United, when relegated Ossett Town come visiting on Saturday. It was Brig’s first win in the league at Skem in nearly twenty years and reaffirmed the young sides potential following the two derby defeats against Chorley and AFC Fylde over the festive period.
The manner of the win and the professionalism shown by the team in order to reduce Skelmersdale was highly creditable. With influential regulars Chris Marlow and Darren Green unavailable, the teams’ endeavours at Stormy Corner was all the more remarkable.
The atmosphere in the dressing-room at Irongate and the camaraderie amongst the players this term, has been quite extraordinary to say the least.
This resolve will be fully tested on Saturday though, when Ossett Town are the visitors. The Ingfield club were disappointed to have lost their Premier Division status at the end of last season after a desperate but fruitless battle to avoid relegation.
Brig’s task will not be an easy one this weekend, as Town arrive at Irongate having enjoyed a decent Christmas following a 2-2 draw at Dimple Wells against their arch rivals Ossett Albion on Boxing Day, and after an impressive 4-0 thrashing of tenants Wakefield at Ingfield on Monday.
It is seven years since Bamber Bridge and Ossett Town have met to contest league matters. The last time was in the 2004-05 campaign, when the clubs met in the Premier Division in the season that Brig suffered relegation after finishing next to the bottom of the table.
However, the clubs did meet at Irongate in the 2005-06 season to contest the only cup tie ever played between them, when Town won 2-0 in a Second Round League Chairman’s Cup tie on the 11th February 2006.
The game kicks off at the usual 3.00pm and club officials are anxious that the football fans in the village will turn out in numbers and support, what is a fine young Bamber Bridge team.