FOOTBALL: Brigg take hard fought point from Leek visit

Leek Town 1-1 Brigg Town FC

Brigg enjoyed most possession in the first half away at Leek on Saturday and should have been able to build a decisive lead yet it was the home team who had the easiest chance of the first 45 minutes.

In the game’s first attack, Ryan Paczkowski slipped the ball inside from the left wing for Paul Grimes to strike over the crossbar.

Three minutes later Brigg were awarded a free kick in a central position just outside the penalty area, but the home goalkeeper saved from Paul Grimes’ strike.

Two free kicks from Josh Davies were comfortably cleared from the box and a third from the left wing went across the face of the goal and out of play at the far side. Elliott Broughton curled another shot past the top angle of the goal as Brigg continued to press.

The second half started in much the same way as the first, with Brigg on the offensive and Paul Ashton firing over the bar from 25-yards out after good work by Elliott Broughton.

After 62 minutes, Brigg were awarded another free kick on the right of the penalty area after a handling offence and Paul Grimes found the bottom corner of the net to put the team ahead.

Leek immediately made a substitute, introducing a striker, and from then onwards the home team seized the initiative and took control of the rest of the game.

Three minutes after the substitution, Ryan Paczkowski lost control of the ball on the left wing and Leek took advantage to attack the space down their right, Tim Grice getting free to send a shot in low across the face of the goal. Rob Zand was down well to save but the ball broke free again for Leek to knock it into the back of the net from six-yards out.

Leek continued to push forward and exerted more and more pressure on the Brigg defence, but Rob Zand was outstanding in goal and made a string of fine saves to preserve the point, which keeps Brigg in mid table.

This Saturday, Romulus FC are visitors to Brigg.