PREVIEW: Bamber Bridge face tough Atherton Collieries test

Brig take on Atherton Collieries looking for their third win on the bounce (Credit: Ruth Hornby)

Bamber Bridge will look to record their third successive win in all competitions when they travel to managerless Atherton Collieries on Saturday.

Ex-Collieries boss Micheal Clegg ended his five-year spell at the club this afternoon (Thursday) to join fellow Northern Premier League Premier Division side Ashton United.

Brig go into the clash having scored nine goals in their previous two games, with six of those coming in a 6-3 victory over Nelson in the Lancashire FA Trophy on Tuesday.

Before that they recorded a richly deserved 3-0 home win against Morpeth Town, who featured ex-Notts County midfielder Liam Noble in their starting XI.

That win moved them four points clear of the relegation zone, and three ahead of Saturday’s opponents.

Collieries, however, will take confidence into the game following a 1-0 win over Boston United in the FA Trophy first round.

Joey Collins (right) and assistant Neil Crowe watch on from the sidelines (Credit: Ruth Hornby)

And Brig manager Joey Collins is wary of the threats that Atherton, who currently possess former Preston North End midfielder John Welsh in their ranks, can pose.

Collins said: “The two consecutive wins have been pleasing, as just to try and get some momentum in this league is difficult.

“Atherton will be a tough place to go, they set up well and they recently won against Boston in the FA Trophy so they’ll be looking to win.

“But we’ve got to go and stand up for ourselves, so we’ll be looking forward to it and it will be a good game.”

A win over Collieries would represent Brig’s first away win of the season, having won all four of their league games at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

They sit in 18th place ahead of the clash, and could potentially move up two spots with victory.