The Dabbers travel to Bamber Bridge to complete the 2021/22 Northern Premier League season this Saturday (3pm kick-off), the first to be finished fully in three years, a fact that’s worth celebrating after more than two years of extreme health and financial pressure for all of us.
The equation for Bamber Bridge on Saturday is simple: they must win to have any hope of securing a play-off place in the Northern Premier League.
- 3rd Warrington 71 pts +22
- 4th Scarborough 71pts +10
- 5th Matlock 69pts +21
- 6th Bamber Bridge 68pts +8
They in 6th are just three points behind Warrington in third, but in such a tight race goal difference could come into it. If Matlock win and Scarborough avoid defeat, Bamber Bridge cannot get in there regardless of the result against the Dabbers. But a Matlock draw and/or Scarborough loss, combined with a minor goal difference swing in Scarborough’s case, could see Bamber squeeze in at the last minute. Matlock’s one point deduction could have a significant bearing on the play off picture. It’s a lot of permutations that will have Bamber Bridge supporters staring as much at their phone screens as at the match if they are winning in the latter stages on Saturday.
To even have a chance to get in the play-offs is a testament to their recent form, 5 wins and a draw in their last 6 matches after an extremely tough spell over January and February that looked to have derailed their season.
Last Time Out
It was the end of August when Bamber Bridge visited Cheshire, and it was a goal late in the first half by Ewan Bange, who was soon to depart for FC United, that secured a 1-0 win for the Lancashire side, another one of those early home games when things just weren’t clicking for the Dabbers. Highlights from that one are available below.
Players to Watch
Part of the issue for Bamber Bridge had been replacing the goals of Bange, but that issue seems to have been resolved in recent weeks with 13 goals scored in that 6-game burst, chief among the scorers has been the familiar name of Isaac Sinclair, and Paul Dawson from midfield also gets in the goals frequently.
The Sir Tom Finney Stadium will be ready for Dabbers fans to pay on the gate, with tickets priced at £10 for adults, £6 for concessions and £2 for under 14s. Join us as we look to sign off the season in style!