BRIGG Town FC went down 3-1 in Derbyshire when they visited New Mills Town.
In a bright opening spell to the game, both teams created scoring opportunities.
Brigg were awarded an early free kick for a trip, but the ball played into the penalty area was cleared at the far post. Then former Grimsby Town star Darren Mansaram worked the ball into the area from the right wing to win a corner kick.
The home team replied with an attack down their left wing, but when the ball was crossed following a throw-in, Tom Woodhead gathered it safely.
Darren Mansaram was beginning to win the ball well up front for Brigg and combined well with Ryan O’Loughlin in the penalty area without making it count. A fierce snap shot from outside the penalty area then flew over the Brigg goal.
The home team took the lead after twelve minutes of play in a move started from a right wing throw and a great shot followed into the far corner of the net from twenty yards out. Brigg responded well and were unlucky when the home goalkeeper dropped the ball inside his area after colliding with his own defender leaving him injured on the ground, but the referee stopped play and resumed with a dropped ball in his favour.
Brigg scored an equalising goal after twenty five minutes, when Mansarem took a neat pass from Liam Davis and found the bottom corner of the net from fifteen yards out. But the home team restored their lead when the ball was worked into the penalty area from the right wing and, following an unpunished handling offence, the home strike found the corner of the net again. From then until half time, New Mills had most of the possession.
Brigg had the slope of the pitch in their favour for the second half, but the home team always looked comfortable with the lead.
Chas Fisher got forward to send a shot over the bar, but the home team went further ahead on the hour mark when the ball was played in from the left wing and scrambled into the back of the net.
Brigg almost got back into the game when a fierce shot from Darren Mansaram was well saved at the foot of the post. Then Greg Archer met a right wing corner kick, but his headed attempt went over the bar.
Tom Woodhead made a fine save to keep the deficit down to two goals by tipping a shot over the bar, whilst at the other end, a right wing corner kick resulted with the ball over the cross bar from another header.
The home team deserved the three points, but Brigg played their part in a good sporting game.
Brigg travel to Shepshed Dynamo this Saturday afternoon.