Brigg 6-0 Hull University
Brigg Hockey Club mens 1st team, looking to enjoy a good December, entertained Hull University at The Pods.
Hull started with a clear intent to take the game to Brigg. Continuous movement from the Brigg forwards however created cracks in the Hull defence which were exploited by Brigg Captain Andy Dixon, who arrived at the top right corner of the circle, hitting the ball on the rise and connecting with the middle of the Hull backboard to open the scoring.
This fired up the Brigg team who continued to find space in midfield stretching the Hull defence. Andrew Morris fired close and then came a cross shot which found Andy Reid on the far post, who gratefully flicked the ball into the empty net.
Being two goals to the good, the Brigg defence of Simon Dixon and Tom North maintained their stranglehold on the Hull attack, distributing calmly when in possession to the equally impressive Adam Marks and Nick Beacock in the wing back areas.
Hull missed chances at the far post and Colin Lattimore in the home goal was called into action on several occasions to maintain the clean sheet.
Before the half time whistle, a swift dash by Sam Crookes and a neat under the arm pass, found the ball in control of Andrew Morris, who dispatched a hard hit into the goal.
Brigg continued to press through the early stages of the second period, with swift movement of the ball by Ben Treadgold and Harry Cadwallader, which maintained the pressure on the visitors.
Treadgold was a powerhouse in central midfield, maintaining an ability to find the easy ball when it mattered and being a dependable outlet for his colleagues.
It was this partnership that forged distribution of the ball to the left hand side of the pitch and a crisp hit by Andrew Dixon into the Hull circle, found a lone figure in Harry Cadwallader at the far post, who put a neat flick into the top left corner of the goal.
The tiring Hull back line was stressed into mistakes and Ollie Reid powered through to lay the ball into the path of Andy Dixon, who moved past a defender and deflected the ball into the goal at the near post for the fifth goal.
Finally, an incisive pass by Harry Cadwalladar saw a second goal from Andrew Morris to cap an excellent display.
The Hull team had presented credible opposition but at 6-0 this was one of Brigg’s easier wins in a season that sees them still topping the Yorkshire Premier League.
Brigg face a stern challenge away at Driffield this Saturday who are their main rival promotion hopefuls.