Brigg denied win by controversial decision

Brigg Town 1 Newcastle Town 1

MICHAEL Smith, Lee Cochrane and Gregg Archer were all unavailable when Brigg Town entertained Newcastle Town, but Matthew Plant returned alongside Joe Lamplough in central defence.

Brigg settled quickly and in the first attack Bruno Holden played the ball forward down the left wing for Lawrence Heward, but the latter sliced his kick wide.

When Newcastle attacked down their left wing, Tom Woodhead made a good diving save to block the ball, but an off-side decision had already been given.

Brigg responded again through Lawrence Heward on the left, but his cross was cleared.

Brigg were awarded a free kick just inside the penalty area after goalkeper Ben Chapman picked the ball up from a pass-back and were unlucky to see the ball strike the upright before being kicked away from the goal line.

The visitors came close to scoring when the home defence was split by a through ball on the left, but Tom Woodhead produced another excellent save.

Brigg took the lead when the ball was thrown into the penalty area for Leon Ashman to get a glancing header across the face of the goal; the ball finding the top corner of the net off the woodwork.

The lead only lasted for seven minutes as the equalising goal came following a long goal area clearance, which was picked up on the edge of the penalty area and struck into the corner of the net.

The second half performance from the home team was disappointing after the promise shown in the first, Newcastle gaining the initiative early with a shot going over the bar. With 15 minutes remaining, Brigg won a throw–in deep in Newcasle’s half and the ball was played into a crowded goal area before a final strike at goal was cleared after strong appeals that the ball had crossed the line.

Brigg now have a home game in the F.A. Trophy competition, Preliminary Round, this Saturday afternoon against Mossley.