FOOTBALL: Brigg remain 19th despite hard fought point at Bedworth


Brigg Town went down 2-1 at home to Newcastle Town in the Evo Stick North League but picked up a hard fought point against Bedworth United on Saturday.

The Zebras played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with goals coming from Liam Dickens, Michael Jacklin and Jordan Thewlis. However Brigg remain in 19th place in the Evo-stik Northern Premier League Division 1 South table.

The previous week Jake Turner made his home debut in goal for Brigg who were looking for a change in fortunes at home to Newcastle Town. The presence and striking ability of Paul Grimes was sadly missed up front where Jordan Thewlis partnered Ryan Paczkowski.

From the kick off the Brigg team forced a corner kick on the right wing, but the visiting ‘keeper confidently held the cross in his area. Then Ollie Fisher found Danny Buttle in space on the left wing but his deep cross into the penalty area was cleared.

Brigg continued to push forward with attacks down the left wing but the crosses into the goal area were well defended and finally cleared after a foul against Ryan Paczkowski for pushing.

Brigg opened the scoring in the 18th minute of the game after the ball was played from the centre circle to Jordan Thewlis on the right side of the penalty area and he rolled it on for George Zuerner to find the back of the net from 10-yards out.

Newcastle responded and won a free kick on the left outside the Brigg area, but Jake Turner then saved well from another attack down the right wing and Ollie Fisher was in position again to head the ball away from the goal line.

Play was end to end in a really entertaining game between two well matched teams. Brigg began the second half on the offensive, but a free kick into the area in their first attack was cleared.

Newcastle responded again with the ball switched across the pitch from the left to the other wing, but Jake Turner held on to the final shot well.

Eight minutes into the half, the game changed after the visitors won a penalty kick. George Zuerner missed his attempted tackle inside the penalty area on the left wing and brought him down for a spot kick that was hit into the back of the net.

Newcastle gained more confidence to push forward and took control of the game, but Brigg defended well until ultimately giving the winning goal away three minutes from time after Ollie Fisher’s misdirected headed clearance was picked up on the left wing and crossed into the penalty area where the loose ball was knocked into the back of the net from close range.

Brigg pushed forward seeking something from the game but were unlucky to see a header from Scott Hellewell bouncing clear from the top angle of the woodwork in virtually the last attack of the game.