FOOTBALL: Fighting draw for Brigg overshadowed by 3-0 thumping

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Brigg Town FC gained a valuable point when they drew 1-1 in a midweek game with Sheffield FC.

After their first home win of the season in the league against Romulus FC, Brigg faced a stiff task when facing Sheffield FC away, but the team played well enough to deserve at least the point they achieved from the game.

The home side mounted the first attack but Ollie Fisher headed well clear from a left wing corner kick. Brigg immediately responded with the ball switched from the right wing across the pitch to Danny Buttle on the left and his deep cross into the goal area was headed wide by Jordan Thewliss.

Ryan Paczkowski conceded a foul outside the penalty area, but Rob Zand saved the free kick comfortably.

Brigg went ahead after 12-minutes of play when Jordon Thewliss won the ball close to the right wing corner flag and struck a weak shot towards goal, which the home ‘keeper misjudged and the ball trickled into the back of the net off the upright post.

Brigg looked comfortable with the lead and the home team struggled to mount any kind of threat. Michael Jacklin got forward to head another cross from Danny Buttle over the bar.

But, the home team levelled the score after 32 minutes of play when a sweet cross into the penalty area was headed into the near side of the net.

Just before half time, Ryan Paczkowski worked his way into a dangerous position in the penalty area but was blocked by a firm tackle.

At the start of the second half, Ollie Fisher got well forward from his right full back position to send a fierce shot narrowly past the upright.

Brigg continued to enjoy most of the second half possession and Rob Zand didn’t have a shot to save, but a free kick from Warren Burrell grazed the cross bar 10 minutes from the end of the game after he was allowed a free shot at goal with no defensive wall in position.

In the end it was a point for each side and Brigg will reflect on some chances missed to have made it all three.

Saturday’s game saw Brigg hit rock bottom with a 3-0 home defeat to Scarborough Athletic.

It was the visitors who looked more positive and confident from the start, a stark contrast to the Brigg team.

Brigg created a scoring opportunity when Scott Matthews got his head to a right wing cross, but the opening goal was scored on the half hour by the visitors from a set piece corner kick.

Brigg missed out on a great opportunity to level the score when a visiting defender fluffed a clearance and the ball went across the face of the goal and out of play at the far side to safety.

Brigg conceded a poor second goal after 72 minutes when keeper Rob Zand couldn’t hold on to a stinging close range shot from Gary Bradshaw. The second goal virtually sealed the points for the visitors, but they added a third five minutes from the end.