Brigg beaten after last-gasp goal brace

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Brigg Town 2

Grantham 3

BRIGG Town’s FC’s first home game of 2012 saw them go down to Grantham at home by the odd goal in five.

Grantham attacked from the kick off but a free kick into the Brigg penalty area was safely cleared by the home side.

Brigg responded with a long kick forward by Chris Dickman finding Matty Plant, who headed it across the face of the goal, but goalkeper Rob Murray gathered before Dave Ricardo could get a boot to it.

Brigg began to enjoy plenty of possession in the early stages and a long free kick from Lawrence Heward drifted out of play.

Another free kick from Lawrence Heward almost found Jordan Cooper free in front of goal, but he was unable to get a firm strike on the ball.

Grantham continued to look sharp on the break and before half time, Tom Woodhead tipped a shot over the bar to keep the two teams level, 0-0 at the break.

The visitors almost took the lead in the opening minutes of the second half when a misunderstanding between Tom Woodhead and Matty Plant from a harmless looking right wing cross allowed Ben Saunders to get a shot at goal, the ball striking the woodwork.

Brigg took the lead after six minutes of play in the second half when a free kick was played from the halfway line on the left into the area and Ryan Paczkowski nipped in to head the ball past Rob Murray and into the roof of the net.

Grantham were back level after only four minutes when the ball was played into the Brigg goal area and converted from close range for a soft goal.

Brigg continued to have more possession and deservedly regained the lead after 67 minutes when Chris Fisher surged forward from his own half with the ball at his feet and struck a great 30–yard shot into the top corner of the net.

Brigg looked as though they were going to hold on to the lead, but in the last minute of ordinary time they gave the ball away in their own penalty area and conceding a tap it into the corner of the net.

Then in added time, Brigg pushed forward for a right wing corner, but it was wasted and the visitors launched a long ball down the pitch to grab a dramatic winning goal.

Brigg travel to face Romulus F.C. away in Sutton Coldfield this Saturday afternoon.