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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Freelance Journalist based in the North of England. Having supported Chorley FC for the majority of his life, Richard moved down to Stoke-on-Trent to study Journalism at Staffordshire University in 2011, he graduated with a 2:1 three years later. He has since worked as Press Officer of Nantwich Town between 2014-2016 and led the coverage of the Dabbers run to the FA Trophy semi-final in 2016. Richard also wrote and published his first book in May 2016 about Nantwich Town and their greatest moment when the club won the FA Vase in 2006. The book is entitled When Nantwich Turned The Vase Green. Richard can often be found at games on a Saturday covering matches for a a number of newspapers across England.

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