Brigg rue missed chances

Brigg Town FC 0–1 Ramsbottom FC

Brigg Town FC went down 1-0 in a difficult home game against Ramsbottom FC from Lancashire in their FA Trophy Preliminary Round game.

The game was disappointing with neither side able to mount any serious threat in the goalmouth areas and the single goal in Ramsbottom’s favour deciding the game, came direct from a left wing corner kick 10 minutes after half time.

Brigg began by forcing a corner kick on the left wing, but when this was played into the goal area, the visiting goalkeeper was fouled on his line.

Then a free kick from Anthony Bowsley into the penalty area was headed clear. When the visitors began to settle, they looked dangerous down both wings and Chas Fisher had to head clear from a right wing cross to concede a corner kick.

Brigg had the ball in the back of the Ramsbottom goal netting after 10 minutes, but Adam Lee’s effort was disallowed because of an offside decision.

Brigg defenders generally dealt well with several set piece threats, although one knocked down in front of goal, saw the best chance of the first half to open the scoring.

Liam Davis looked dangerous in possession but was closely marked. He set up an opportunity for Anthony Bowsley, who toe poked a shot over the cross bar and then Stuart Preston curled another shot over the visitor’s goal.

Brigg were slow starting in the second half and lost the initiative in the first 10 minutes of the re-start.

After Miles Fenty tipped a stinging shot over the bar, the visitors scored the important first goal after 54 minutes of play from a left wing corner kick played straight into the net.

Brigg battled for an equalising goal, but the Ramsbottom defenders stood firm and in control. Greg Archer went close from a left wing cross and Liam Davis saw two attempts go narrowly past the post, but Ramsbottom’s goal was never seriously threatened and the visitors progressed to the next Round of the competition.

Brigg now have a home league match against Halesowen Town this Saturday afternoon.