FOOTBALL: Brigg Town dominance not rewarded as Chasetown seal points

Brigg Town played their penultimate match in their EVO Stick League North season when they entertained Chasetown losing 1-0 in a tight game.

Right from the kick off, Brigg were on the offensive, winning four early free kicks from the uncompromising visitors, but balls played into the penalty area from Paul Grimes, Chas Fisher, Josh Davis and Liam Davies were all well defended and came to nothing.

Chasetown’s first attack resulted in a left wing corner kick. Brigg continued to have most possession of the ball and looked dangerous down the left wing where Danny Buttle was able to send crosses over into the penalty area, but the visiting goalkeeper was not really troubled. Chasetown’s only shot at goal in the first half was a weak effort wide of the upright.

The second half began with another free kick from a central position by Brigg’s Paul Grimes, but this was safely held by the ‘keeper.

Five minutes into the half, Chasetown had a player sent off after a fracas on the touch line. Liam Davis began to make threatening runs at the away defenders but was harshly cautioned for diving after being tripped inside the penalty area.

Another free kick from Liam Davis sailed over the cross bar while at the other end Chas Fisher lost possession of the ball allowing a clear run at the Brigg goal. The shot was chipped over the bar from a short distance out.

Paul Grimes’ strike at goal from a free kick outside the box was safely held. Then Bruno Holden got the ball into the back of the net, but the ‘goal’ was disallowed after the referee’s assistant ruled it offside.

Chasetown continued to defend resolutely and scored the only goal of the game seven minutes from time. Chas Fisher conceded a corner kick on the right wing and Rob Zand failed to clear the ball from the long cross into the area. It fell nicely for a firm shot into the back of the net.

The season closes on Saturday afternoon with a home game against Market Drayton Town.