Four points in four games secures fourth

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BRIGG Hockey Club men’s first team made the long journey to Ben Rhydding at Ilkley to play in torrential rain and wind.

The away side started poorly and found themselves second to most balls all over the park.

Brigg fell behind when Rhydding attacked down the right, managing to make the bye-line and square to a waiting forward, who steered the ball into the goal.

The visitors went further behind with another similar goal and rather lazy marking.

Brigg created a couple of chances, most notably was when Andrew Morris sent David Baggott through one on one with the keeper, but he failed to round the keeper and score.

Bagoott made up for this however when in his next attempt he put his shot beyond the keeper.

Ben Rhydding continued to press at Brigg, running a lot of their play through former Welsh international David Cutter in the centre of the park.

Brigg came out strongly in the second half and soon levelled the scores when Oliver Reid progressed through the midfield to thread the ball through to David Baggott, who flicked the ball hard and high into the roof of the net over the flailing keeper.

With parity restored both teams looked for a winner with Brigg dominating most of the game, but they fell behind late on to lose the game 3-2.

Brigg however got back on track when they defeated Hull at The Pods with goals coming from Andrew Reid and skipper Andy Dixon.

Brigg bossed the game throughout against their rivals who lie near the foot of the league.

In a re-arranged Sunday game Brigg then drew with a resilient York University at The Pods.

Oliver Reid converted a second half penalty stroke before the students rallied to claim a point with a scrappy late goal.

Simon Dixon and Liam Egan were given joint man of the match honours in the Brigg defence.

Four points from these four games means that Brigg lie fourth in the Yorkshire Premier League and level on points, but just behind York who have a better goal difference.