Brigg fight their way to safety

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A 6-4 win over Sheffield Hallam at Quibell Park ensured Brigg Hockey Club will enjoy Yorkshire Premier League status next season.

With clubs playing a rush of fixtures postponed from the bad weather in December, Brigg could, in the worst case scenario, have slipped into the next to bottom slot in the table.

But after two defeats at the weekend Leeds Adel Carnegie now look likley to accompany the already doomed Lincoln into Division 1 come September.

Brigg were 5-1 up against Hallam with 20 minutes left to play and seemingly romping to an easy victory.

Simon Dixon, David Baggott (2), Ollie Reid and James O’Reilly gave Brigg the advantage with their goalmouth opportunism.

There was then a revival by the visitors, which got them back to 5-4 as Brigg relaxed far too soon. A late Ollie Reid goal from close range, as he latched on to an O’Reilly cross, made the game safe and Brigg’s status secure for another season.

Brigg then had to play winners of the league, Harrogate, and found the champions too hot to handle, slumping to a 6-2 defeat.

Brigg were handicapped by an injury to defender Nick Beacock, who had to struggle on with a leg injury as Brigg had no substitute.

Harry Cadwallader was sent off with a yellow card meaning a temporary suspension, so Brigg were really up against it.

O’Reilly often threatened down the right, but was the victim of some rough treatment from the home defence.

Brigg 2nds moved nearer to mid table safety in Division 2 with a 3-0 home win over Rotherham 2nds. Simon Weightman, Danny Clay and Simon Dixon were Brigg’s scorers. Previously they had lost 6-2 to Grimsby 1st team who top the league and are set for the championship.

Brigg 3rd tean saw their late promotion push halted with a 3-0 defeat to Lincoln Roses 3rd team,and they could only manage a point from a 1-1 draw at Barnsley. Brigg 4ths lost 1-0 to Doncaster 6th team and 3-1 to Hull 4ths.

This Saturday’s fixtures:

Brigg

1st v Lincoln home 2pm

2nd v Thirsk away

3rd v Normanby Park 2nd home

Sunday Brigg 1st v Sheffield Hallam away.