FOOTBALL: Good week for improved Brigg Town as they seal league and cup victories


Frickley Athletic 1-2 Brigg Town

Brigg Town continued their improved form with a 2-1 away win at Frickley Athletic in the FA Trophy First Qualifying Round.

The team which started the game was unchanged from the mid-week XI, which had won the three league points at home to Eastwood Town.

Brigg’s bright opening period was rewarded with a goal after six minutes of play. Jordan Thewlis was proving to be a threat to the home team’s central defenders and worked his way to the left goal line, before playing the ball across the face of the goal for Ryan Paczkowski to direct it into the back of the net from close range, helped by a deflection.

Brigg almost doubled their lead with another freekick played into the goal area by Anthony Bowsley, but Jordan Thewlis headed just wide at the far post.

As the game moved into added time at the end of the first half, Brigg won the ball on a quick counter attack with Jordan Thewlis heading clear for goal as the referee blew his whistle to conclude the half.

The home team started the second half much more positively, with the slope of the pitch now in their favour and the setting sun in the face of the goalkeeper and defenders.

After only four minutes of play, the “Blues” scored an equalising goal. It came from a high cross into the penalty area, misjudged by Rob Zand.

The initiative swung to the home team as they pushed forward for more reward, but Brigg defended tenaciously.

In the 78th minute, Brigg forced a counter-attack down the right wing with Ollie Fisher pushing well forward to catch out home goalkeeper Tom Woodhead in a wrong position and fire the ball into the far corner of the net from 30-yards out.

Brigg rode their luck in the later stages but they fully deserved their hard earned victory.