Brigg Town FC 2-1 Bamber Bridge
Brigg Town showed improved form as they won their Preliminary Round game in this season’s FA Trophy 2-1 against Bamber Bridge.
Brigg got off to a flying start with a goal after 48 seconds. The ball was played forward into the visitors’ penalty area and a poor attempted clearance fell for Danny Buttle, who controlled it before finding the back of the net.
Bamber responded with a long throw into the penalty area from the right wing, but Rob Zand was positive in collecting the ball safely.
Brigg threatened down the left wing with Danny Buttle delivering another telling ball across the face of the goal. He was substituted with an injury after 17 minutes of play, being replaced by Elliot Broughton, who was soon in action with a run down the left wing and a good cross into the goal area which was headed clear.
Bamber’s main threat came from the left wing and also from long throws into the Brigg penalty area. The equalising goal came after 27 minutes from a left wing attack and a looping header into the net.
Brigg won a penalty, but Ryan Paczkowski took the spot kick and blasted the ball over the cross bar for the last action of the first half.
Bamber started the second half on the offensive and Rob Zand made a good save from a fierce close range shot. The Brigg back four played particularly well with Michael Jacklin and Scott Hellewell commanding at the heart of the defence.
Brigg regained the lead after 75 minutes from a set piece right wing corner kick, delivered to the far post by Scott Matthews for Scott Hellawell to meet with a header into the top corner of the net.
Clearly encouraged by this success, Brigg took control of the remaining 15 minutes and created good chances to increase the lead, but the Bamber goalkeeper made two good diving saves to deny Ryan Paczkowski and substitute Phil Jackman after neat build up play.
Brigg now face Frickley Athletic away in the First Qualifying round.
In the league, Brigg extended their winning run to four games with a 4-2 away win at Market Drayton.
Brigg move up four places as a result as two goals from Ryan Paczkowski, and one each from Jordan Thewliss and Martin Davies saw them claim all three points.