FOOTBALL: Fortunate Brigg seal three points to move into sixth

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Brigg Town FC 2-1 Mickleover Sports

After a two week lay- off due to bad weather, Brigg were fortunate to take all three points from a game in which the visitors missed out on clear scoring chances, including a penalty kick in the second half.

Brigg included Paul Ashton in the starting line-up with Liam Dickens unavailable, but Danny Buttle and Bruno Holden were unlucky to be only on the substitutes bench.

The first two attacks were comfortably cleared by the visitors’ defence and at the other end, a long free kick into the penalty area from John Guy was headed away from goal.

Brigg took the lead after seven minutes of play when Ryan Paczkowski headed on from a long ball played forward and Paul Grimes seized the chance to take possession before driving it into the back of the net.

This initial success gave encouragement in the next minute for Liam Davis to work his way into the penalty area before sending a shot just over the bar.

When the visitors began to settle, the ball was played into space down their right wing and Scott Hellewell failed to clear before it was sent across the goal area, where the visitors were left with an open goal to aim at to level the score. Somehow the shot was blasted high and wide over the bar.

Poor defending by Brigg resulted in another good chance for the visitors, but Miles Fenty, back in goal in place of the departed Jamie Green, made an excellent diving save to knock the ball clear.

Alex Flett then made a good forward run into the Mickleover penalty area, taking a return pass before chipping a delicate shot just over the top angle of the goal.

With four minutes of the first half remaining, the visitors scored to go level.

The ball was played down the left wing before a curling shot went into the roof of the net.

Sam Downey replaced the injured Alex Flett for the second half and Brigg restored the lead eight minutes later from the penalty spot.

Liam Davis did well to win the ball on the left wing and he worked his way into the area before being brought down. Ryan Paczkowski drove the spot kick into the roof of the net.

Mickleover were given another golden chance three minutes later when Chas Fisher challenged for the ball in the corner of the penalty area but sent John Guy tumbling and another spot kick was awarded. Miles Fenty saved well to preserve Brigg’s lead.

Danny Buttle and Bruno Holden were introduced for the last 15 minutes of the game and worked another clear opening for the latter to drive a shot over the bar.

No more goals came and Brigg took the three points to move up the league table by one place to sixth position. This Saturday afternoon, the team travels to take on second placed Stamford.