Defensive frailties exposed in home loss

It was a bad weekend for Brigg Town FC as they crashed at home on Saturday 3-0 to Northwich Victoria.

After having most of the possession in the first 20 minutes of the game, Brigg’s defensive weaknesses were exposed as the visitors scored two quick goals and then took control of the game.

The home team won a first-minute corner kick, but this was headed clear, before Liam Davis won the ball and struck a shot just over the bar.

Then Josh Davies played the ball into a crowded penalty area from a free kick, but the chance was lost because of a pushing offence,

A second free kick from Josh Davies sailed over the bar.

Brigg continued to attack and had their best chance to open the scoring after 15 minutes when Liam Davis received the ball at his feet on the left wing, but pulled his shot across the face of the goal.

Following a flowing move down the right wing, the ball was crossed into Vics’ penalty area but headed safely away for a corner kick on the left.

The visitors began to settle and won more and more of the ball.

Miles Fenty made his first save after 20 minutes of play from a shot by Joe Guest,

Northwich took the lead after 26 minutes when a forward was left unmarked in the corner of the penalty area to receive a pass, which he struck first time into the back of the net.

Brigg responded immediately, but were unlucky when a shot from Stuart Preston hit the upright post and bounced clear.

On the half hour, the visitors scored again with a firm drive.

From then onwards, Vics looked to control the game and were confident with the two goal lead taken up to half time.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, with Brigg starting well but failing to gain any advantage from the few chances that came their way.

A free kick from Josh Davies outside the area was blocked by the defensive wall in front of the goalkeeper and Liam Davis curled a shot wide across the face of the goal.

Brigg were still well in the game until the visitors were gifted a third goal 12 minutes from time.

In a harmless looking position down the visitors’ left wing, Alex Flett tried to play the ball back to his goalkeeper, but a Vics’ striker nipped in to complete his hat-trick of goals, so winning all three points for his team.

After two poor displays in the past week, Brigg are on their travels again this Saturday when they face Market Drayton Town in Shropshire.