BRIGG had a narrow 1-0 win when they travelled to Sutton Coldfield Town’s ground for their game against Romulus, the team they had beaten at home two weeks earlier. They were looking to extend their impressive run of six straight wins.
The home team had the first real chance of the game, but the home striker’s shot went over the bar. They then missed out on an even better chance, when a shot flew past Andy Pettinger but wide of an open goal.
Continuing to put pressure on Brigg’s defenders, the home team won a corner kick in the last minute of the first half and Andy Pettinger did well to punch the incoming ball clear before Anthony Bowsley was in the right place to head the return shot off the goal line when it was destined for the top corner of the net.
Brigg played much better in the second half, being able to command more possession of the ball and they tried to play decent football against a determined home side.
After 55 minutes of play, Brigg’s team was reduced to ten men, when Michael Jacklin was shown a second yellow card in the game for a foul committed on the half way line.
Three minutes later, they scored what proved to be the winning goal from the penalty spot. Paul Grimes did well on the right wing to send a stinging low shot on target, which was stopped by the home keeper’s diving save, but the Brigg striker was quickest to react to get to the ball and was brought down from behind in front of the goal. Danny Buttle scored from the spot kick by sending the keeper the wrong way.
Paul Grimes continued to be a threat in his role up front, prepared to take on the home defence alone.
He was substituted for the last five minutes of the game with Alistair Benson introduced to make his debut Zebra appearance and it was he who almost added a second goal in the last attack of the game, after he broke through the heart of the home defence before striking a shot over the bar.
Next Saturday afternoon, Brigg are at home to top of the league, Barwell.
The game should attract a decent crowd to see whether the winning run will continue.