Brigg Town 2-1 Gresley
Brigg secured all three points at home to Gresley thanks to two late goals from substitute Eliot Broughton.
The visitors had dominated the play for the first hour of the game and missed enough chances to win comfortably.
Gresley started the game confidently, striking a shot against the cross bar in the opening minutes, the Brigg defence seeing it rebounding to safety.
Brigg responded with an attack down the left wing, but Phil Jackman was unable to get any power into his overhead shot in front of goal.P aul Grimes was being closely marked with little protection from the officials, but found space to set up a chance for the hard working Paul Ashton, who delivered a cross along the face of the Gresley goal.
The opening goal came after 25 minutes of play from a quick break down the middle of the pitch and a left wing shot which beat Jake Turner to land in the far bottom corner of the net.
This goal started a period of dominance by the away team up to half-time with clear openings to increase the lead.
The second half saw Brigg begin to win much more of the ball and Danny Buttle created their first real opportunity when he went past his marker on the left wing and delivered a telling cross along the face of the goal, but there was no touch available to finish off the move.
Brigg suddenly began to look more threatening as Eliot Broughton replaced Liam Dickens 15 minutes from time.
Paul Grimes was constantly tackled from behind but still got free to send a fierce drive over the cross bar.
Then after 85 minutes of play, Brigg were at last awarded a freekick in a central position 28-yards from goal. Paul Grimes struck a low shot against the defensive wall, but the ball broke free to the alert Eliot Broughton who hit a low drive into the corner of the net.
Brigg were naturally spurred on by this success and suddenly looked capable of getting something from the game. As the match moved into added time, a Gresley attack on the Brigg goal was cleared and the ball played up the pitch down the left wing for Broughton to outpace the visitors’ sluggish defence and race on to send a great shot into the far corner of the net.
The timing could not have been better with the final whistle blown shortly afterwards.
Brigg travel to play at Lincoln United on Boxing Day afternoon and then follow this up with a long journey to Sutton Coldfield next Saturday.