Brigg Town’s match against Mickleover Sports was called off on Saturday, January 4, because of a waterlogged pitch, but Brigg did rack up their first win of the year on New Year’s Day.
After losing both of their away games over the Christmas period, Brigg were hosts to neighbours Goole AFC and ran out 3-1 winners, some payback for a 2-1 defeat in August.
Liam Dickens was unavailable but Oliver Fisher and Paul Ashton returned while new signing from Winterton Rangers, Mark McDonagh was also included. Another newcomer, Josh Nichol, who has just signed from Gainsborough Town was named among the Brigg substitutes.
In the second minute of the game, Brigg were awarded a free kick on their right wing mid-way into the Goole half of the pitch. Scott Matthews delivered a testing ball into the goal mouth which was initially blocked, but fell nicely for Michael Jacklin to knock it into the back of the net.
Goole responded immediately, winning a free kick 30-yards from goal, but Ashley Jackson struck the ball over the top of Jake Turner’s goal. Then the visitors worked the ball down the right wing nicely but when it was played across the area, the final shot was wide.
A spell of pressure on the Brigg defence saw five long throws into the penalty area well defended and cleared.
At the other end, a long free kick played in by Scott Hellewell went straight into touch at the far post without anyone getting near the ball.
The visitors almost levelled the score when a ball was played into the Brigg penalty area from the right wing, again for Derry Robson to strike the woodwork, but the half closed with another effort from Jordan Thewlis being turned past the post by ‘keeper Liam Flynn.
Brigg started the second half with purpose and an early free kick at goal was saved low down by Liam Flynn.
Brigg made it 2-0 after 51 minutes, Jordan Thewlis worked the ball neatly down the middle of the pitch to Elliot Broughton in the penalty area and his strike was blocked but fell for Paul Grimes to find the back of the net from 10-yards out.
Brigg’s confidence increased and minutes later, Paul Grimes struck another right foot volley past the upright. He should have added to the score line further when he was presented with the ball just outside the penalty area by Liam Flynn’s poor clearance, but he struck a hurried shot past the upright.
Brigg continued to control the game and began to play the ball around with some neat passing movements. In the 64th minute, Jordan Thewlis worked his way past Tyler Williams on the left wing and then was brought down inside the penalty area, but the referee awarded a free kick for the first offence outside the box and this was cleared.
A minute later Goole attacked down the right wing after winning the ball close to the half way line with a strong challenge on Elliot Broughton and when the ball was played into the penalty area, Ashley Jackson found the back of the net from a short distance out.
Suddenly, the initiative changed and Goole pressed for something from the game, Brigg contained their threats well and added another goal to their lead seven minutes from time when Anthony Bowsley played a clever forward pass from midfield to Jordan Thewlis, in space on the left wing, who flicked it on for Paul Grimes to find the back of the net again and give his team three important points from the game.
Brigg team - Jake Turner, Oliver Fisher, Scott Matthews, Mark McDonagh, Scott Hellewell, Michael Jacklin, George Zuerner, Paul Ashton, Paul Grimes, Jordan Thewlis, Elliot Broughton (Subs used - Josh Nichol, Matt Cotton and Anthony Bowsley)