Bamber Bridge 5 -2 Hyde United
By Ruth Hornby
Five Star Brig Beat Hyde.
A Paul Dawson hat trick inspired Bamber Bridge to a 5-2 win over in-form Hyde United.
Three from Dawson and a goal each for Chris Marlow and Matt Dudley sent Brig on their way to back-to-back wins in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Things didn’t start too well though for Micky Taylor’s men, when Hyde’s captain Jordan Fagbola stabbed home amongst a crowd of bodies following an early corner.
Brig took less than 10 minutes to find their response, with Paul Dawson bulleting home a header after latching on to a fantastic cross.
And, things got even better on the half our mark, when the ‘King of Brig’ Chris Marlow fired home from inside the box to turn the game on its head.
With half time approaching Matt Dudley then got in on the act and struck home a magnificent free kick, sending the hosts in at the break with a two goal advantage.
Darren Kelly made changes at half time and the visitors almost found a way back into the game, when Tom Pratt crashed an effort off the woodwork.
Despite that near chance, things got worse for the Tigers on the hour when Dawson added his second and his team’s fourth with a beauty of a strike from distance.
Brig’s No.6 didn’t plan on stopping there, and 70 minutes he rifled home for his hat trick to plunge the home side into a 5-1 lead.
Hyde pulled one back in the closing stages through their No.9 Chib Chilaka, but that was only a consolation on an afternoon that thoroughly belonged to Bamber Bridge.
Brig's Assistant Manager and Director of Football, Neil Crowe, shared his thoughts after the game
"I thought we started the game very slowly and struggled to get a foothold in the match for the first 15 minutes but then the boys sorted things out on the pitch and started to implement the game plan and put in a superb performance.
I thought we thoroughly deserved the win against a good side. The effort/willingness and togetherness was there for all to see, some of the football that the boys are playing at the moment is outstanding and very good to watch.
There were some outstanding individual performances today but primarily it’s about the team not any one player,and as a team the boys were superb.
Theres a long way to go but we are happy with the way things are going at the moment, from training through to match days the boys have really bought into everything that Micky and the staff want and you can see that through there performances.
We will now prepare for the trip to Workington next week and do everything possible to get a result. There are no easy games in this division so every match you have to be on top of your game if you want something out of it. "
Man of the match (voted by match sponsors Lakeland Verandas): Paul Dawson
Match reporter: George Hodgson,@GHhodgsonSport