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Warrington Rylands 2
Hardcastle (52'), Touray (70')
0 Bamber Bridge
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Warrington Rylands 2 - 0 Bamber Bridge

Bamber Bridge's winning run of four games, in all competitions, came to an end as they visited play-off hopefuls Warrington Rylands. With the hosts winning by two goals to nil. 

Milligan’s side survived several early half-chances for Rylands, with loanee Djavan Pedro causing the most problems. 

But with strikes wide of the mark and several saves from James Pradic, Brig began to find their way in the fixture and create several opportunities of their own, as the half-hour mark approached. 

Danny Edwards' effort from just outside the box was blocked and ricocheted to Adam Dodd, who also saw his strike blocked, and eventually cleared. 

Both Jack Baxter and Edwards swung tempting balls into the middle, as Brig found their feet and began to control more possession and create chances. 

But the half-time whistle blew and the scores were level, with neither side testing the opposing keeper drastically. 

Simon Grand was introduced at the interval, replacing Danny Edwards as brig looked to carry a slight bit of momentum from the final 20 or so minutes of the first 45. 

But just over five minutes into the half, the host found the lead. When Ben Hardcastle nicked the ball from and then rounded Pradic, before tapping home into the unattended goal. 

The hosts controlled possession and with just over 20 left to play they doubled their advantage. Touray carried the ball into the box and slotted home. 

With the game entering the final 15 minutes, Brig launched a couple of long free-kicks into the Rylands box. With Harry Scarborough seeing his effort blocked as he connected with a long ball in, followed by small appeals for a penalty. 

The full-time whistle blew and Brig’s four game winning run came to an end. 

Milligan's side will be looking to bounce back on Wednesday night as they face Southport at the Multevo Anchor Ground, Darwen, in the Lancashire FA trophy semi-finals. 

Match reporter: Matt Grimshaw (@MattGrimshaw_)

Published Sunday 17th March 2024