Brigg Town 2-1 Loughborough Dynamo
Brigg Town earned three valuable Evostick North League points with a 2-1 win over Loughborough Dynamo
Brigg won two free kicks in the opening five minutes, but the first was struck over the bar from a central position and the second was deflected into the goalkeeper’s arms to be collected safely.
There were few opportunities at either end as the two defences were in command, but on the half hour Joshua Nichol turned sharply on a ball played from the left wing to the edge of the area and his snap shot rebounded from the foot of the goal post.
When Dynamo responded, a shot in a crowded penalty area was blocked. For Brigg, Nichol struck another shot wide of the top angle after Jordan Thewliss had made a good run down the right wing. Then Ollie Fisher made a strong forward run before sending the ball out to Danny Buttle, who won a left wing corner kick, but this was cleared after a foul was awarded against the goalkeeper. Two minutes from half time Jake Turner in the home goal saved well low down.
Dynamo started well in the second half but missed a golden opportunity to open the scoring with a shot wide of an open goal after Jordan Thewliss lost possession. Josh Nichol then took possession of a throw in from the left wing to force a corner kick.
The opening goal for Brigg came 10 minutes into the second half when Scott Hellewell headed on a right wing cross for Nichol to turn it into the back of the net from 12-yards out.
Brigg then lost Ollie Fisher after 63 minutes with a bad leg injury from a high tackle and Loughborough were reduced to 10 men.
Six minutes later Paul Ashton scored a second goal for Brigg with a fine volley into the roof of the net from 20-yards out.
Dynamo bounced straight back and reduced the arrears after 71 minutes when a shot was deflected into the corner of the net.
Despite being a player short, Dynamo took control of the game and created further chances as Brigg sat deeper, but with eight extra minutes of added time played, the home team hung on to win all three points.