Bamber Bridge’s Matt Lawlor aims for three points on home return

Bamber Bridge's home ground - the Sir Tom Finney Stadium (Credit: Bill Boaden, Geograph)

Bamber Bridge player-coach Matt Lawlor has stressed the need for all three points as Brig take on Witton Albion at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Saturday.

Brig are without a win in seven attempts away from home this season, the latest of those coming in a 3-1 defeat at Gainsborough Trinity in midweek.

However, they have won two out of three games at home, meaning they sit in 19th place in the Northern Premier League on seven points.

Lawlor, who is also club captain, stressed that there should be no excuses for not picking up points on the road, but added that he was looking forward to getting back to Irongate.

Lawlor added: “I don’t feel it’s been an influence (the away fixture backlog), as it’s a game of football at the end of the day.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s in Gainsborough, at Manchester or at home at Brig, we’ve got to approach it the same way and we can’t let anything become a hurdle.

“It will be nice to get back to our home pitch, saying that, where we can look to get three points against Witton.

“It’s our home patch, the groundsman has an unbelievable job as we like to play football on there, and it needs to be a win.”

In exciting news for the club, Bamber Bridge was yesterday named an FA Charter Standard Club by the Lancashire Football Association.

The accreditation is awarded to clubs based on their financial status, recruitment, volunteer work and coaching.

And Lawlor believes it is just reward for all the hard work everyone at the club has put in.

Speaking after the announcement last night, the Brig skipper said: “We have a succession of coaches recently, in terms of Crowey (Neil Crowe) being manager, then Reno (Neil Reynolds) taking over.

“We’ve had Micky Taylor last season then Joey (Collins, current manager) and myself, and Crowey has come back in as well.

“There’s so many volunteers that the club wouldn’t exist without and the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes is unbelievable.

“It’s a big pat on the back to everyone within the club and it shows that, regardless of being the lowest budget in the league, that we are a very good club.”

Brig become one of around 600 clubs to achieve the Charter Standard qualification, 372 of those being youth clubs.