Lancaster City’s league cup tie with Bamber Bridge switched to Giant Axe

Lancaster City and Bamber Bridge's Doodson Sport Cup tie has been switched.
Lancaster City and Bamber Bridge's Doodson Sport Cup tie has been switched.

Lancaster City have been handed a boost with the news they will now host Bamber Bridge in their Integro Doodson League Cup tie next Tuesday night.

The first round fixture, twice postponed, was due to be played at Irongate but issues with Brig’s pitch mean it will now be contested at Giant Axe on January 5.

Boss Phil Brown is hoping his side can continue their recent good cup form after reaching the semi-finals of the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy.

He said: “It’s a bonus to be playing Bamber Bridge on our own pitch.

“We’ll approach it like we do any game and go out there to win.

“We’re doing well in the LFA so to have a good run in the Doodson too would be a fantastic achievement as well.”

Dolly Blues secretary Ray Coote said: “We have been aware of problems with Bamber Bridge FC’s pitch following the league match we played there in November.

“Our Lancashire neighbours have been working very hard and have invested heavily in resolving the pitch issues.

“We wish them well in a speedy resolution and look forward to welcoming them to Giant Axe on Tuesday.

“Matches against Bamber Bridge are always hard fought exciting games.”

Kick-off at Giant Axe is 7.45pm.

The match is the second of three home games in seven days for City with Brighouse visiting Giant Axe this Saturday, January 2 and Harrogate Railway Athletic at Giant Axe on January 9.

Elsewhere, The Dolly Blues’ postponed Boxing Day clash with Kendal Town will be played on Tuesday, February 9.

In another rearranged game, Phil Brown’s side will travel to New Mills on March 1.