Bamber Bridge stormed to the Lancashire FA Challenge trophy final with an emphatic victory

Bamber Bridge beat National League North opposition for the second time in this season Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy campaign when they beat Southport 3-1 on Wednesday 20 March.

Chorley loanee Harry Scarborough continued his recent impressive goalscoring form when he grabbed the equaliser soon after the break, Callum Leigh was in the right place at the right time as he fired home the second.

Captain Macauley Wilson solidified Brig’s final status when he headed home the third following a short corner toward the end of the encounter. 

Wilson dedicated the goal to his late uncle Andy Wilson.

He said: “I’d like to dedicate it to my uncle, who sadly passed away last week, it was a bit written in the stars, I think.” 

Wilson dedicating his goal to his uncle

Brig have struggled in periods this campaign, but it’s the togetherness of the group that’s powered them to a cup final according to Wilson.

Wilson said: “We’ve stuck together, we’ve had a tough season, ups and downs but we’ve always stuck together.”

Brig found themselves a goal behind at the break, but Scarborough’s low driven strike just over five minutes into the second 45 levelled the scoreline, giving them a platform to build on for the remainder of the encounter. 

Wilson said: “We went out full of confidence in the second half, and the full-time scoreline shows that.” 

Wilson has been at the club for more than six years, originally joining the club from Blackpool. 

Macauley Wilson celebrating the semi-final victory – All images by Matt Grimshaw

Bamber Bridge manager Jamie Milligan said his captains loyalty is commendable.

He said: “It’s brilliant to see Macca score because he’s so loyal to me.

“I know he could’ve got moves this season and last season, higher up on more money, but he didn’t, he loves this club and he’s such a good footballer.” 

Milligan was full of praise for Wilson and the team’s performance. 

He said: “I thought he was excellent tonight along with that whole back line and the goalkeeper.

“I’d have paid to watch them tonight, The football they played was so so good.” 

HIGHLIGHTS: Bamber Bridge 3-1 Southport

Milligan believes his side deserve to be in a cup final because of the hard work and determination they’ve shown throughout the season. 

He said: “It’s been an up and down season, it’s been a tough season but they deserve to get into the final because of the way they train and the way they work.”

Although the final isn’t until 30 April but Milligan is already looking forward to it.

He said: “It’s going to be brilliant for the fans and the players.”

Bamber Bridge road to the Lancashire FA challenge trophy final

  • Round 1 Chorley 1-1 Bamber Bridge (3-4 on penalties)
  • Round 2 Bamber Bridge 5-1 West Didsbury and Chorton
  • Quarter-Final Lancaster Town 4-7 Bamber Bridge
  • Semi-Final Bamber Bridge 3-1 Southport