FOOTBALL: Brigg take the points despite Gresley fight back

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Gresley 2-4 Brigg Town FC

In a thrilling game Brigg Town FC took the maximum points from a 4-2 win at Gresley.

The slope of the pitch was in Brigg’s favour for the first half and they used it to advantage, gaining a two goal lead before half time.

Gresley started strongly and had plenty of pace up front but were more fragile at the back.

Brigg’s first attack resulted in Danny Buttle winning a corner kick but this was cleared. Ryan Paczkowski found space on the right to collect the ball and get a firm shot on target.

The away team scored the first goal after 25 minutes when Danny Buttle went past his marker on the left wing and sent a deep cross into the penalty area for Liam Dickens to get to the ball before knocking it in.

The game turned two minutes later when the home team’s appeals for a penalty kick were turned down and a free kick just outside the box was awarded instead, but a Gresley player was sent off in the incident.

After 32 minutes, Brigg doubled their score with another quick break down the left wing resulting in a cross finding Liam Davis in the right position to fire the ball into the back of the net.

The home team went on the offensive at the start of the second half but never really troubled Miles Fenty in the Brigg goal, and it was Brigg who were able to add a third goal after 55 minutes when Stuart Preston raced on to another ball down the left wing, catching the defenders flat footed and appealing for an offside decision before he slotted the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the area.

Brigg looked safe with their three goal cushion against a ten man home team and two more strikes at goal from Danny Buttle went close.

Then following the breakdown of a Brigg attack after 70 minutes the home side scored two quickfire goals.

Clearly encouraged by this success, Gresley pushed for an equaliser but were caught out with a quick counter attack which resulted in Liam Davis spinning on a cross into the penalty area before finding the back of the net to restore the two goal lead 10 minutes from time.

The win lifts Brigg four places up the league table but on Saturday they have another difficult away game when they travel to an in form Belper Town team.