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Bamber Bridge 2
Benns (27'), Smith (90' og)
2 Warrington Rylands
Sidibeh (14'), Touray (45')

Match Report: Bamber Bridge 2-2 Warrington Rylands

On a cold Tuesday night, it was Brig who would make the better start as Mark Cullen found himself bearing down on goal before an inch-perfect slide tackle stopped him from shooting.

Warrington would be the first to strike when Adama Sidibeh headed home in the 14th minute after a Ben Hardcastle cross found him unmarked in the box.

Tackles were flying in from both sides as the wet playing field led to a busy night for the referee and his officials.

Harry Benns grew more into the game as Brig pushed for an equaliser, and he won a corner following a good run down the left wing. The corner was played to Chris Churchman on the edge of the box, and his low cross was met by Benns who finished with a low effort in the 27th minute. 

Just before half time Brig were caught out when trying to play out from the back, and Monodou Touray finished from a tight angle to make it 2-1 to the visitors. 

Warrington Rylands came out the better of the two sides in the second half but good defending from Macauley Wilson stopped Sidibeh from extending the lead in the 48th minute, with the Brig captain forcing him wide of the goal.

The first big chance of the second half for Brig came in the 74th minute when Louis Holt pressed and won the ball back. His low shot went under the onrushing goalkeeper and Harry Scarborough looked destined to tap it in, but a Rylands defender got back to clear it away from danger.

Brig would get the all-important and much deserved equaliser in the 92nd minute, as the ball bounced around in the penalty area before Clive Smith sliced the ball into his own net when trying to clear the ball. 

The exciting end-to-end contest would end level with Brig battling back from behind twice to earn themselves a point. 

Report by Ben Russell (@Ben_Russell1953)

Published Wednesday 25th October 2023