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Bamber Bridge 2
Potts (28'), Bould (45')
5 Colne
Hasler-Cregg (), Hebda (48'), Priestley (55'), Weaver (76', 84')
Alistair Waddecar in action for Bamber Bridge v Colne in the LFA County Cup Final

Bamber Bridge 2 - 5 Colne

Bamber Bridge suffered Cup final heartbreak as they were beaten 5-2 in the final by Colne.

Ellis Litherland-Riding was called into action straight away to deny a fiery effort from Lucas Weaver.

 Colne were denied by the brig keeper again minutes later this time it was Jakob Hebda who couldn't beat Litherland-Riding.

 After a slow start Brig grew into the came Callum Leigh coming close from a long-range set piece, but the midfielders free kick dipped narrowly wide of the post.

 Michael Potts would register Brigs first effort on goal his left footed effort was kept out of the goal by Charlie Monks.

 It would be Potts who would open the scoring. The midfielder broke through down the right-hand side and charged towards the Colne goal before cutting in on his left and curling a shot into the bottom left corner to give Brig the lead.

 Brig would make it two moments before half time. Lorenze Mullarky-Mathews with a wicked burst of pace before finding Billy Bould with a powerful low cross, Bould's cool first-time finish nestled into the back of the net to double Brigs advantage and give them a two-goal lead going into half time.

 Colne pulled a goal back within a minute of the restart, Hebda seemed to time his run perfectly to leave himself one on one with Litherland Riling and give his side a way back into the game.

 The Colne equaliser came 10 minutes later, Billy Priestley seeing his effort bounce in of off the bar.

 Brig came close twice to regaining the lead on the hour mark. Substitute Mark Cullen forced Monks to parry a shot over the bar with his first touches. From the resulting corner Potts sent an effort narrowly over the crossbar.

 Brig came close again through Cullen, Alistair Waddecar found space to drive down the right before sending in a low cross, Cullen did well to bring it down but just couldn’t get an effort away.

 After these chances Colne gained control of the ball with Ryan Bolton and Lucas Weaver both failing to score from close range.

 Brig couldn’t capitalise on Colne’s missed opportunities and soon the pressure resulted in a goal. Billy Hasler-Cregg finding Weaver in the box to give the opposition the lead.

 Five minutes from time Weaver broke down the right, the forward held of the onrushing defender before finding the bottom corner. 

 Brig very nearly found a lifeline in the game a header from a Leigh corner was cleared of the line to stop any chance of a grandstand finish.

 Two minutes into added time Colne scored their 5th through Hasler-Cregg.   

Match reporter: Noah Mills




Published Wednesday 1st May 2024