Hucknall Town 1–6 Brigg Town
After their narrow defeat on New Year’s Day away at Lincoln United, Brigg Town FC were hoping to get back to winning ways against struggling Hucknall Town and a 6-1 win was their biggest of the season.
Brigg started positively but found the home team defending well and marking up tightly on a heavy surface.
Liam Davis almost got through in the first minute and then Bruno Holden won a free kick just over the half way line, but Greg Archer’s delivery was defended well.
A throw-in from the left was worked into the penalty area for Ryan Paczkowski to strike a shot against the cross bar, but the ball bounced clear.
Then Alex Mallong made an excellent diving save off Liam Davis’ strike following a good inter-passing move with Paul Grimes.
The home ‘keeper followed this up with a terrific double save from shots by Paul Grimes and Alex Flett.
The first goal was scored after half an hour’s play and came when Scott Hellewell played the ball into space on the right wing for Liam Davis to send a cross into the penalty area where Paul Grimes spun neatly before planting a shot into the back of the net from 12–yards out.
Ryan Paczkowski went close after two more attacks before Brigg scored their second goal in the 40th minute after Ryan Paczkowski and Liam Davis linked up neatly outside the penalty area before the latter found the back of the net.
Danny Buttle was introduced for the second half, replacing Bruno Holden, who was suffering with a tight hamstring.
Brigg continued to dominate the play and the third goal was scored after 57 minutes when the ball was worked out of the defence by Chas Fisher to Grimes, who took a return pass from Danny Buttle before finding the corner of the net.
Brigg looked secure with a three goal lead, but the home team reduced the arrears after a soft penalty kick three minutes later for a foul by Mark Dudley, a push in the area.
However, Brigg then took complete control of the match, as the home team began to tire, with further goals from Grimes, Ryan Paczkowski and Danny Buttle completing an easy win.
This win took Brigg up to seventh place in the league table but they now have a very difficult home match next Saturday against Carlton Town.