HOCKEY: First win of the season lifts Brigg off bottom and keeps survival hopes alive

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Brigg Hockey Club Men’s 1st team had their first win of the season in the prestigious North League 2 when they defeated Kingston upon Hull by 5-0 at Hull on Saturday.

The win even got Brigg off the foot of the table for the first time this season and it was the first time in the club’s history that they have beaten Hull 1st team.

That slender chance of avoiding relegation just one season after promotion remains.

Brigg played at a much faster tempo and with Ben Treadgold and Andrew Morris dominating in midfield there was a base on which to build going forward.

The duo were tenacious with their tackles and then moved the ball forward at pace to create early chances. The opening goal came from an opportunist break down the right side and when the cross came over it took a useful deflection and ended up with Morris, who slotted home neatly.

The best goal of the match then followed with a neat one/two between Nick Sharp and Charlie Trembath, creating havoc which Sharp took advantage of to finish clinically.

Hull fought back at the start of the second half and created several chances, but it was at the other end where midway through the half, Brigg scored a third to make the game all but safe. It was Alistair Kennedy, playing much further forward than usual, who took the chance well to make the scoreline 3-0 in Brigg’s favour.

Morris and Andrew wright scored two late goals to put the icing on the cake and Brigg left for the Humber Bridge crossing in buoyant mood after so many disappointing narrow defeats this season.

Treadgold and Morris were undoubtedly the two men of the match so far as Brigg were concerned.

Brigg Mens 2nd had an 11-0 win at home over Huddersfield Dragons 2nd in Division 2, Brigg Mens 3rds lost away to Adel 5th in Leeds while the 4th team beat Leeds 6th at The Pods by 3-2.

This Saturday Brigg Mens 1st are at home to local rivals Lincoln Roses.