Ilkeston 2 Brigg 0
A GOAL in each half was enough to give high flying Ilkeston FC a 2-0 win in Brigg’s last away game of the season.
Brigg made the first attack of the game when Phil Jackman crossed the ball from the right wing to Liam Davis, but his shot was covered by ‘keeper Lloyd Allinson.
Phil Jackman then won a corner kick on the left, but this was cleared up the pitch, winning a throw–in mid–way into the Brigg half.
Brigg were holding their own well until a poor piece of defending cost them dearly after 35 minutes of play.
The home team attacked deep into the Brigg half on the right wing and the ball should have been kicked clear, but was crossed harmlessly across the goal area, leaving the simplest of chances to knock it into the back of the net from close range.
Brigg replied with a free kick from Ryan O’Loughlin finding Darren Mansaram, but his headed attempt at goal went wide.
As the home team pushed forward, Tom Woodhead made an outstanding double save and smothered the ball low down, but suffered a hand injury in the process.
The second goal came after an hour of play, unfortunately through poor defending, similar to the build up costing the first goal.
The ball should have been simply cleared from the right wing, but Ilkeston won possession close to the corner flag before it was knocked across the face of the Brigg goal for a tap into the back of the open net.
This was game from which a more confident Brigg team may have won at least a point, but the two goals were sadly gifted to the home side after all the hard work put in.
The season closes with a home game on Saturday afternoon against Market Drayton Town FC.