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Brig’s Penalty Hero Delighted With Progression To Cup Final

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Bamber Bridge’s Regan Linney says it was an amazing feeling as he scored the winning penalty to take Bamber Bridge through to the final of the Integro League Cup final.

The forward scored from 12-yards out to ensure the Lancashire club won 4-2 on penalties against Buxton after a 0-0 draw.

They face Grantham Town in the final, who like Buxton are from the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League, at Harrison Park, the home of Leek Town on Wendesday 19th April.

Following the game, he said: “It was an unreal feeling considering, we went down to ten men early with Josh (Heaton) getting sent off.

“But we all come together and with the help of the fans behind the goal urging us on helped us to nearly snatching the winner.

“We took them to penalties which then we won, but I definitely fancy another upset against Grantham because we know we have the team to beat anyone and on our day we never fear anyone.”

Brig currently sit in mid-table unable to make a bid for the playoffs but comfortably away from the drop zone with less than a month until the end of the season.

However featuring in a cup final will give supporters of Bamber Bridge something to remember the 2016/17 season by.

He said: “We haven’t had the best of seasons in the league.

“But the cup  final would definitely give the fans something to remember this season with next season hopefully finishing in the top two.”

The side based near Preston changed managers earlier this season when former Clitheroe man Neil Reynolds stepped up from assistant manager to replace boss Neil Crowe.

Since then Bridge has been enjoyed a turn in fortunes.

Linney said: “Ever since Reno (Reynolds) came in to replace Crowey (Crowe), he’s given a big change around the place and everyone works well under him.

“He’s changed it round this season and next season is hopefully our year to push on and get promotion without Reno none of this would happen.”

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