Brigg open league campaign with a disappointing draw

Brigg Men 1st 5 Driffield 5

BRIGG Hockey Club men’s 1st team started their league campaign with a disappointing draw with Driffield.

Wanting to make a strong start to their season and on the newly laid pitch, Brigg started extremely poorly and were 2-0 down within ten minutes, both goals being scored from short corners.

This spurred Brigg on and they settled down to play the high tempo hockey they have been producing pre-season. Brigg pulled the first goal back from a short corner when Andy Dixon flicked the ball fiercly into the net.

Scores were then levelled through Oliver Reid after another well worked short corner routine saw him deflect the ball past the flailing keeper.

Moments before half time, Brigg took the lead through David Baggott and a route one goal. Tom North threw a very long ariel which Baggott raced onto following a high bounce over a defender, touched it over the advancing keeper and slotted home following heavy contact from the stranded keeper.

Following half time Brigg had control of the game and increased their lead with another Dixon strike from a short corner, flicking high into the roof of the net.

Driffield scrambled a goal shortly after and with ten minutes to go, Brigg scored again through veteran Andy Norris who smashed in a rebound from the keeper.

Brigg took the foot off the gas and conceded two late goals, the final one in the dying minutes quite controversially after man of the match Brigg keeper Tom Jackson had been fouled and had his helmet removed, not seen by the umpire and Driffield hammered into an empty net to make it 5-5.

Brigg Ladies 1st 2 Skipton 1

Brigg Ladies 1st Xl started their first league game in Yorkshire Division 1 with a 2-1 win against Skipton Firsts.

The first half was dominated by Brigg, with excellent passing and communication throughout the team. Lois Haig looked threatening throughout the first half and was unlucky not to score.

Brigg took the lead in the 26th minute through a poachers goal by Sarah Mason.

Simon Dixon, who was coaching, provided an excellent half-time analysis and in the second half, Alisha Hanson and Corrine Maddy controlled the midfield, enabling Brigg to continue to put pressure on Skipton.

This resulted in Brigg’s second goal scored by Erika Phoenix. This seemed to kick Skipton into gear as they attacked in numbers to get a goal back just five minutes later.

Brigg then had to pull together to ensure that Skipton didn’t get an equaliser, but held on with the man of the match award going to Corrine Maddy.

Other results

Men:

Old Malton 1st 4 Brigg 2nd 0

Brigg 3rds 5 Wakefield 5th 0

Leeds 7th 6 Brigg 4th 0

Ladies

Brigg (Yorkshire League 2nds) 0 Legiolians 0

Brigg 2nds (Humberside League) 1 Goole 1