FOOTBALL: Important point on the road for Brigg Town FC

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A 2-2 draw away at Kidsgrove Athletic provided a useful point for Brigg Town on Saturday

Brigg travelled to the Seddon Stadium at Kidsgrove with Liam Dickens, Anthony Bowsley and George Zuerner all returning in midfield, Ryan Paczkowski up front and Danny Buttle back on the left wing. The pitch was in a poor state after heavy rain, cutting up badly and making close control more difficult.

From the kick-off the home team had the early initiative and scored though a fierce drive into the roof of the net.

Brigg’s first threat came down the left wing with Danny Buttle getting the ball across the face of the goal, but it was cleared away at the far post.

Brigg were back on level terms after 22 minutes, the goal coming from a free kick mid-way into Grove’s half on the right. The ball was played into the penalty area and Michael Jacklin got his head on it to steer it down and up into the top corner of the net.

The home team responded with another left wing corner kick, but Rob Zand saved a well struck shot. Brigg won four consecutive corner kicks on the right wing but each one was scrambled clear.

On the half hour, George Zuerner made a strong run into the penalty area and was brought down from behind, winning a penalty kick. Paul Grimes struck the spot kick well but the goalkeeper saved and then succeeded with another good stop from the follow-up.

Brigg had the advantage of the slight slope of the pitch in their favour for the second half and had more possession, but it was the home team who took the lead again after 56 minutes.

Rob Zand made another fine save from a right wing cross, but when the ball was played in again from the right a header went into the top corner of the goal.

Brigg persevered and Jordan Thewlis was introduced as substitute for Danny Buttle, immediately making an impact with some strong attacking runs. With eight minutes remaining, Liam Dickens worked his way to the edge of the penalty area and was brought down in a central position 20-yards from the goal. The defensive wall was set up but Dickens found a gap to strike his shot into the corner of the net.

Both teams sought a winning goal but the respective defences played well to ensure the points were shared.

Brigg travel to Whitby on Wednesday evening for a League Cup game and follow this up with a home game against top of the league Leek Town this Saturday afternoon.