Brigg Hockey Club Men’s 1st team have enjoyed an excellent October in the North League Division 2.
They made the long journey to Stockton at the weekend and returned with a valuable point that lifts Brigg into the mid-table area.
The final result in a high scoring game was 5-5, but Brigg could well have made the journey back with all three points and a valuable win as they were leading 5-4 with eight minutes left to go.
Brigg travelled several men short of their first choice 11 but full credit to those who travelled for their effort and commitment.
Former captain Andy Burnett was recalled to central defence after a three-year absence and performed admirably. Man of the match for Brigg was midfielder Sam Ward who has returned to the club this season after studies at Exeter University.
It was an open game throughout with both defences struggling to cope with some creative attacking play. Liam Redmond, normally a defender, showed his versatility in an unusual target man role up front. He netted two of the Brigg goals while Andrew Reid, who has recovered his form this season in some style, also hit a brace. Brigg’s other goal came from Ward.
The home side held a 3-2 interval lead but it was Brigg who got control in the second half. They were delighted with a point against a side always difficult to beat and who narrowly missed promotion last season. Brigg had to work hard late on in the game when Andy Dixon was temporarily suspended for a stick tackle.
Brigg had recorded their best win of the season in the previous game when they beat Lincoln Roses 5-2 at Brumby Hall. Reid was again on the mark with two gaols, the other goals coming from Sam Crooks, Sam Ward and Zac Meadows.
Brigg have also progressed in the early rounds of the England Hockey Trophy Competition defeating Liverpool Sefton at home by 4-1 in a game played in an excellent spirit. They now play Bourne/Deeping in the next round.
Brigg 2nds are struggling in Division 2 and drew with Lincoln Roses 3-3 and lost to Adel 2-1 in their latest games. Brigg 3rds lost to Garforth 2-1 and beat Normanby Park 2nd 4-2, while Brigg 4th drew 1-1 with Worksop and lost 3-2 to Sheffield Hallam 7th.