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Bamber Bridge 5
Cullen (5', 9'), O’Neill (24'), Strawn (40'), Bould (69')
1 West Didsbury & Chorlton
Ford (17')

Match Report: Bamber Bridge 5-1 West Didsbury & Chorlton

Bamber Bridge made it two wins in the space of four days with a 5-1 victory over West Didsbury & Chorlton in the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy.

The match was threatened by the weather forecast in the day prior to the game going ahead, but excellent work from the club's groundstaff meant that the action was able to go ahead.

And Jamie Milligan's side, which saw a number of changes from Saturday's 5-2 win over Basford, got off to the ideal start.

On five minutes, Danny Forbes headed the ball down towards Mark Cullen, who fired a volley into the bottom corner beyond goalkeeper Elliot Wynne.

Cullen had his second of the evening just four minutes later, this time finishing with precision into the corner following Ewan Bange's cutback.

The fast-paced opening to the first half then continued on 18 minutes when visiting winger Oliver Ford drove the ball into the back of the net to halve the deficit.

But Brig soon restored that two-goal advantage, Mackenzie O'Neill rounding the goalkeeper and sliding his shot over the line from close range.

And Joe Strawn completed the first half scoring on 40 minutes with one of the goals of the evening. 

Tunde Bayode, who was playing at left-back, went on a surging run down the left flank before cutting inside, slaloming past three defenders and cutting the ball back to Strawn, who made no mistake with his placed effort from the edge of the area.

Substitute Billy Bould, one of two debutants for Brig during the encounter, then made it 5-1 on 70 minutes, breaking through the defence before calmly lobbing the goalkeeper and slotting the ball in from a matter of yards.

Michael Potts almost grabbed a sixth in the closing stages for the hosts, but his well-struck effort from close range was blocked on the line.

Brig will now move on to the quarter-finals of the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy, with the draw to be completed at a later date.

Published Wednesday 15th November 2023