FOOTBALL: Brigg fight out tight draw with Gresley

Brigg Town FC 3-3 Gresley FC.

Brigg started the more attacking team but it was the visitors who struck first in this tight match.

Gresley took the lead in the ninth minute with a rising shot into the roof of the net from twelve yards out. Five minutes later, Brigg were two down and looking shell-shocked when Gresley had an easy tap-in.

But, within a minute, Brigg reduced the arrears when the ball was worked down the left wing and switched into the penalty area for Paul Grimes to turn and hit a shot into the corner of the net from 15-yards out.

Gresley had another good chance to restore the two goal lead but blasted the shot over the bar. Brigg gradually got more into the game and had increased possession.

Josh Davies was brought down on the edge of the penalty area but the free kick went into the wall and out for a corner kick, which was eventually cleared. Paul Grimes and Bruno Holden looked threatening and combined well for the latter to have a shot saved.

With two minutes of the first half remaining, Brigg levelled the score when Bruno Holden played the ball out to the left wing for Danny Buttle to send over another cross to the far post where Holden rose to head it into the top corner of the net

Having worked hard to get back into the game in the first half, Brigg started poorly again in the second conceding a corner kick on the right after five minutes play. From the kick Gresley went back into the lead.

Brigg defended two more left wing corner kicks, but a deflected shot went narrowly over Miles Fenty’s cross bar. After 62 minutes, Brigg were level again after a free kick from Josh Davies wasn’t properly cleared and the ball was played back into the area for Grimes to feed off Bruno Holden’s pass before hitting a stinging shot into the corner of the net.

Brigg created good opportunities to take the lead, but Bruno Holden’s shot was tipped over the bar and Liam Davis went close after his telling run into the penalty area.

Brigg were finishing the second half strongly and Paul Grimes created two more golden scoring chances by unselfishly pulling the ball back from the left for Liam Davis to drive a shot wide and then for substitute James Windle to be denied by a great save.

Danny Buttle was stopped again by a late crude tackle and needed to be substituted for the last minutes of the game

Brigg have another home game against Chasetown on Saturday afternoon.