IN A highly entertaining and competitive game, Brigg Town FC earned a valuable point in a 1-1 draw against third placed Ilkeston FC.
Dave Ricardo made his home debut and Jammal Shahin was on the substitutes’ bench for Brigg.
From the kick off, Liam Dickens fed the ball forward into the penalty area, but the Ilkeston keeper was off his line quickly before Ryan Paczkowski could get a shot at goal.
Then Chris Dickman delivered a long free kick from the half way line into the penalty area finding Matty Plant, but the keeper turned his headed effort round the post.
When Liam Davis was fouled close to the left touch line, another free kick from Chris Dickman was saved.
From a right wing corner kick, Brigg keeper Tom Woodhead collected the high cross under pressure and sent Ryan Paczkowski clear, but the latter was fouled outside the area and the free kick was knocked out of play.
Liam Davis was prepared to run at his marker and combined well with Paczkowski before forcing Alex Archer into saving his shot low down.
Ilkeston started the second half well, but Joseph Maguire sliced a long range effort wide of the Brigg goal.
Ilkeston had their best spell of the game and continued to put pressure on the home defence.
Brigg defended well and then scored the first goal of the game ten minutes from time. The ball was worked neatly down the right wing and Liam Davis went past his marker before playing a neat pass into the penalty area for Ryan Paczkowski to drive it into the back of the net from ten yards out.
The visitors were clearly shaken by this but immediately pushed forward and level within five minutes.
The goal came after a break down their left wing and when a cross came over, poor marking saw space for a crisp shot into the bottom of the net.
Both sides looked for a winning goal in the remaining six minutes, but at the final whistle the draw was a fair result, as both teams had contributed to an excellent game, which should help to encourage more spectators to home fixtures.
Brigg’s next game is a home league match against Grantham on Monday, January 2.