FOOTBALL: Brigg take a point from competitive Belper

Belper 1-1 Brigg Town FC

Brigg Town FC came away with a 1-1 draw from Belper on Saturday, a fair result from a competitive game.

Belper started the game confidently and attacked from the kick-off, using their physical strengths to advantage with long balls played forward into the penalty area.

A series of corner kicks were well defended and Miles Fenty in the Brigg goal produced a good save.

When Brigg gradually got into the game, Josh Davies’ free kick from the centre circle was blocked and a second attempt was cleared for a corner kick.

Brigg continued to threaten with quick counter attacks, but Stuart Preston was injured trying to beat the Belper goalkeeper to a forward pass into the penalty area and was substituted by Adam Lee two minutes from the break.

Brigg had more possession in the second half and looked more threatening down the wings, with Danny Buttle and Liam Davis able to deliver dangerous crosses into the goal area. Ryan Paczkowski headed the ball over the bar after Danny Buttle’s left wing cross was knocked back into the goal area by Liam Davis.

Brigg took the lead after 65 minutes when Ryan Paczkowski headed into the roof of the net after Danny Buttle crossed from the left wing.

Clearly encouraged by this success, Liam Davis set up another heading chance for Ryan Paczkowski, but the ball was deflected for a corner kick.

Belper surged forward and in an incredible siege on the Brigg goal, the ball was cleared off the goal line three times before being eventually booted up the pitch.

Miles Fenty made another great save to keep Brigg ahead and Liam Davis continued to threaten on right wing.

After 85 minutes of play, the home team were gifted an equalising goal when Liam Davis lost possession of the ball in his own half and a Belper shot found the bottom corner of the net from 15–yards out.

Then in the closing minute, Brigg almost snatched the points when Ryan Paczkowski and Liam Dickens combined well to set up a chance for Liam Davis, whose shot was tipped over the bar.

Brigg now face Kidsgrove Athletic at home this Saturday afternoon.