Preliminary round success for Brigg Town

Brigg Town 2-1 Mossley Town

Connor Marshall was back in defence for Brigg on loan from Grimsby Town, and Bruno Holden returned to partner Phil Jackman in attack to face a very good footballing team in the Preliminary Round of the F.A.Trophy competition.

Brigg started with confidence and Phil Jackman tested the visiting keeper in the first minute with a shot on target, which was saved low down. Then Liam Davis was on the end of a right wing attack, but got under the ball to knock it over the cross bar.

Brigg went ahead in the ninth minute after the referee played a good advantage outside the penalty area after Bruno Holden was pulled back from behind. He progressed into the penalty area before being fouled again and Alex Flett drove the penalty kick into the back of the net.

Mossley responded well with a fierce shot from 25-yards out flashing past the post. Brigg played some delightful football and grew in confidence as the first half progressed and scored a second goal after half an hour’s play when Bruno Holden was found at the far post to find the corner of the net with a deft header from Connor Marshall’s accurate right wing cross.

Shortly afterwards, Liam Davis met another free kick from Joe Lamplough to fire a shot over the bar, but Mossley had a chance to reduce the arrears when a left wing cross was headed back into the goal area and toe poked just past the post.

Mossley started the second half with determination and the visitors began to get more possession to push forward and test out the Brigg defence.

A free kick from the right wing was played into the home penalty area, but headed narrowly over the bar. Tom Woodhead had to make a good save at the near post from a right wing corner.

Brigg continued to defend well but conceded a goal with four minutes remaining. Brigg were subjected to the last three minutes of normal time, plus four added extra ones, to defend their slender lead and they did this to see the game out and progress to the first round of the competition with an away game at Witton Albion, in Cheshire, in two weeks time.