FOOTBALL: Shocking pitch a factor in Brigg’s defeat at Leek

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Leek Town 4-1 Brigg Town

Brigg Town went down 4-1 when they visited Leek Town in Staffordshire on Saturday.

The game was played on a dreadful surface, which continued to deteriorate throughout the game, but the home team adapted well and had the points virtually secured by half time.

Jack Bowskin made a promising debut in the Brigg defence, replacing the badly injured Ollie Fisher from the previous week’s game.

Leek started well and were soon on the offensive, winning dangerous free kicks down both wings in the opening minutes, but these were cleared.

Brigg attacked with Joshua Nichol finding Jordan Thewliss in a good position to fire a shot over the home goal.

The first home goal came from a left wing corner in the 11th minute, a header going in at the far top corner of the net.

This early set back clearly unsettled the Brigg defence and a second goal was scored after 21 minutes when a low shot from the edge of the area went into the bottom corner of the net after a quick through ball.

In the last minute of the half, Leek were awarded a harsh penalty kick for a handling offence, but Rob Zand dived to save well.

The second half showed Brigg still had some fighting spirit and they won more possession of the ball in midfield, but Leek missed out with a glorious chance when they fired over an open goal.

Elliott Broughton replaced Jason Flint for Brigg after 58 minutes and was soon into the action, setting up Joshua Nichol with a forward pass to fire into the back of the net and create a slight glimmer of hope.

Unfortunately, that disappeared within five minutes when a right wing corner kick into the goal area went straight into the net for a fourth goal. The match was over with Leek able to sit comfortably on their three goal advantage, but before the close, Danny Buttle did find Joshua Nichol with a left wing cross headed just wide.

Brigg are at home to Kidsgrove Athletic this Saturday, March 15.