BRIGG Hockey Club’s Yorkshire Premier League programme took a turn for the better as they picked up four points from a 4-2 win over LA Metros at Quibell Park and a point from a 3-3 draw away with Hull.
This moved them out of the bottom two.
Brigg should have made it the maximum six points because they dominated for much of the game at Hull, but failed to convert enough of their chances.
Hull took an early lead when a clearing kick from keeper Tom Jackson landed at the stick of a Hull player.
When the ball came back into the Brigg circle a fortuitous shot looped over Jackson and back into the top corner of his net.
Worse followed when Hull doubled their lead at a short corner, a straight strike into the bottom corner.
Brigg were awarded a penalty stroke, but Harry Cadwallader fluffed his shot and missed the chance to reduce the arrears.
Brigg went close when Andrew Reid shot over the bar, but Brigg did get one goal back when David Baggott saw a drag flick at a short corner fly into the net.
The score remained 2-1 in the home side’s favour at the break.
The game became more physical after the break as Hull dished out plenty of tackles, especially on Brigg playmaker Sam Ward, whose stick skills were always evident in midfield.
Hull made it 3-1 at a short corner that Brigg did not defend at all well.
Baggott then got his second with a fine finish and with 10 minutes to go Brigg were level when Andrew Reid turned quickly to fire in a fierce shot that gave the home keeper little chance.
The home keeper did make several fine saves to deny Brigg a winner.
Their approach play certainly was deserving of all three points, but they need to take more of the chances created and stop conceding sloppy goals if they are to climb away from trouble. Ward took man of the match honours.
Brigg 2nd went down 2-1 to Leeds 3rd at Quibell Park. The visitors had more experience and physical presence which Brigg’s young players struggled to cope with.
Brigg 4ths lost 4-1 at home to Wakefield 5th.
This weeks fixtures:
1st v York University home 2pm
2nd v Bradford 1st away
3rd v Kingston Upon Hull home 3-30pm
4th v Barnsley away.