22/23 Match Preview: Bamber Bridge

We’re back at Nethermoor on Monday for a quick turnaround as Bamber Bridge make the trip to LS20 in a 3pm kick-off.

Match sponsored by: Moorfield Garage

Tickets can be purchased online in advance here, tickets will also be on sale on the day at the turnstiles with payment by cash only, it is also cash payments only inside the ground for programmes and 50/50 cash draw tickets. Food and drink from The Lions’ Diner and clubhouse food servery can be paid for by cash or card and the clubhouse accepts and prefers payment by card.

Tickets are priced at £12 adults, £8 concessions/students/registered disabled, U18’s £5 and accompanied U11’s £1.

The Lions started the Bank Holiday Weekend with a 0-0 draw at Stalybridge’s Bower Fold ground in a game which was dominated by Danny Ellis’ side but The Lions couldn’t find a finishing touch.

Previous Meetings

It will be our first clash with Bamber Bridge since September 2012 when James Walshaw netted the only goal of the afternoon in an Emirates FA Cup second round qualifying tie.

The last league meeting came in October 2004 when Bamber Bridge won 2-1 but the last time the Lancashire side made the trip to Nethermoor was a couple of months earlier on the August Bank Holiday Monday when The Lions won 4-2.

The Lions’ Form Book

The Lions go into the game with three wins, a draw and a defeat out of the first five games having secured the first home win of the campaign on Tuesday night against Whitby Town.

Kyle Trenerry has kept back to back away clean sheets at Nantwich and Stalybridge and will be hoping for his first home shutout of the season in this one.

A Look At Bamber Bridge

Bamber Bridge have five points from their first five games having netted eight times but conceding 11 goals.

They picked up their first win on Saturday against FC United of Manchester making a second half come back to secure three points.

They have drawn 2-2 with Marske and Liversedge both on home soil but are yet to pick up a point away after defeats to Warrington Rylands and Stafford Rangers on the road.

Managed by Jamie Milligan Brig captain Nathan Pond will be making his second trip to Nethermoor of the campaign having visited with Fleetwood U23s in pre-season as a coach.

A Look At The Lions

Donald Chimalilo and Nat Crofts missed Saturday’s trip to Stalybridge with Danny Ellis hopeful the pair will be fit for Monday’s clash with Bamber Bridge.

New signing Edson Prata made his debut off of the bench after receiving international clearance in time for the fixture.

Andy Kellett was on the bench as a precaution for the game at Stalybridge but could return to the starting 11 on Monday.

What Are They Saying?

Speaking after Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Stalybridge Danny Ellis said “It was a very scrappy and intense game with commitment from both teams but it wasn’t the prettiest. Having said that I thought we created a number of chances to win the game and on another day they go in but it is a clean sheet and a point away from home so we take the positives and move on to Monday.”

“I think we defended very well as a team and were solid, Kyle has had very little to do – I don’t think he had a save to make. I want us to try and play a bit more, the pitch was a bit bobbly but it is the same for both teams but it was a bit of a scrap today.”

“Adam Haw worked hard in the first half and it just needed freshening up a bit he looked a bit tired. It worked a treat to be fair I thought in the first 20 minutes Charlie Wood was getting in some good areas, he hit the post and had some good link up play with Jake Cassidy. I thought we dominated the second half but just couldn’t score.”

“Eddy brings plenty of energy, he has an eye for goal, he’s quick, technically very good, young and gives us something else. He has a great appetite to play as well which is massively important and he came on today and did ok, we just need to get him up to speed now which I am sure we will manage.”

“Bamber Bridge play some lovely football and have some good players in the side. It will probably suit them at our place as it is a decent surface and you can play but so can we. It will be another tough game as they all are and we keep saying but we are looking forward to it.”

“Donald Chimalilo and Nat Croft is just us being more cautious than anything, we need fresh lads particularly over the next period of games coming up. They are both 90-95% so hopefully they might have a chance for Monday and Andy Kellett was a little sore in his groin so we just thought we would give him a rest today, he has played a lot of games in a short period of time but other than that everyone else is good.”

Charlie Wood also spoke after the draw and said “In the second half I moved into the number 10 position as a tactical switch to try and get me up and down and beyond the striker, we got a bit of success but it just didn’t fall for us.”

“It was a big pitch and there was a lot of spaces but it just didn’t fall for us, we were trying and giving our all but unfortunately just couldn’t get the three points.”

“It was a snap shot really, I almost hit it too well and it clattered the post which was unfortunate.”

“It felt like two points dropped as we had a lot of momentum with three wins on the row coming here but a clean sheet is something we work on and it was good work from the backline.”

“I am enjoying it and I am playing mens football every week, it is a good set of lads and good fun.”

“I haven’t played against Bamber Bridge before but from what everyone has said it will be another tough game so we will need to prepare right and make sure we are all ready and raring to go for Monday.”

Tickets for the game with Bamber Bridge can be purchased at the turnstiles on the day with cash payment only or online in advance here. Don’t forget to pick up a matchday programme for just £3, it is packed full with exclusive content with what you will find inside here.

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