Bridge got back on track in the First Division North with
this impressive 2-1 triumph at Seel Park against Tameside
club Mossley. The success was welcome and was the South
Ribble sides first win in the league since taking all three
points in the 2-1 victory at Radcliffe Borough on the 10th
gave a much improved showing on the disappointing display
at Durham City at the weekend, especially in the second-half
when they out played and outfought their hosts. The result
was all the more impressive in view of the fact that Mossley
were on a roll, having remained unbeaten in their previous
six league and cup outings.
kicked off on a pleasant if somewhat chilly evening at Seel
Park and opened the proceedings brightly enough. However,
the first opportunity of any note fell to the ‘Lilywhites’
after 8 minutes when a fierce drive by lively right-winger,
Joe Heap, forced Brig goalkeeper, Lee Dovey into saving
low at his left-hand goalpost.
Mossley midfielder, Ben McNamara, saw his worthy effort
tipped around the post by Dovey after he had exchanged passes
with full-back Tom Ingham on the left.
took the lead on 11 minutes with their first meaningful
chance of the game when Alex Porter slipped the ball through
to Ryan Salmon who tucked the ball into the corner of the
net past Mossley goalkeeper, Martin Pearson.
The goal galvanised
the visitors who quickly went in search of further plunder
with some slick moves and Luke Atherton almost got his name
on the team sheet after 14 minutes when heading inches wide
from a well delivered Porter corner-kick.
The game was
being played at a very high tempo with both sides knocking
the ball around at speed, but Brig looked the more menacing
with their skilful penetrative approach play.
Mossley got back on level terms on 24 minutes with a superb
goal. Lee Rick deftly lofted the ball over the visiting
back line and before any defender could react Lee Costantine
turned on the proverbial sixpence, before shooting a low
drive beyond Dovey from the edge of the penalty-box.
being well served in midfield by Rick and McNamara; they’re
probing workmanship was causing Brig problems down the middle.
Dovey kept out a fine drive from centre-forward Kayde Coppin
on 35 minutes as the home side tried to impose themselves
on the game.
were more than a match for the Tamesiders and restored their
lead on the stroke of half-time with a well worked piece
of audacity. On 45 minutes Alistair Waddecar gently rolled
a free-kick from the left-hand edge of the Mossley penalty
box into the path of the unmarked Alex Porter some twenty
yards from goal. The Brig wingman riffled a low shot through
the crowded goalmouth and into the far corner of the net
for his first strike of the season much to the delight of
the small band of Brig supporters behind the goal.
presented with a gilt-edged opportunity of levelling matters
straight from the re-start when Heap caught the visiting
defence cold by putting Coppin through on goal. With the
goal at his mercy and with Dovey stranded, the striker shot
timidly wide. It was a mistake that would ultimately cost
his side dearly.
soon recovered their composure and began to hold court on
opposition territory as their confidence returned following
the ‘Durham experience’. A sweeping three man
move on 57 minutes almost unlocked the home rearguard when
Alex Porter set the overlapping Chris Marlow away down the
left flank. Marlow found Salmon in space some twelve yards
from goal and Salmon’s volley cannoned off the back
of a defender and bounced behind for a corner. Minutes later
Waddecar was desperately unlucky to see his drive from wide
out on the right just clear the crossbar as Brig began to
build the pressure.
and full-back, George Bowyer, constantly probing the home
defence down the right and with Marlow and Porter also casing
problems on the opposite flank, Mossley were at their wits
end in keeping their goal secure.
As the home team
slowly began to run out of ideas and with Brig skipper Michael
White and the impeccable Luke Atherton dominant at the back,
the visitors became increasingly dominant.
a fine save on 75 minutes from a rising Waddecar drive following
some excellent work by Salmon and the visitors were able
to see the game through comfortably and deservedly collected
all three points.
by Dave Rowland