HOCKEY: Mixed results for Brigg


Brigg Hockey Club Mens 1st team had mixed fortunes in their latest North League 2 games.

They had an easy win against struggling Marten Furness at Brumby Hall but then went down by 5-0 to North Shields.

Brigg’s scorers against Marten Furness were Zac Meadows, Andrew Reid, Nick Sharp and Sam Ward. It was a very comfortable win for Brigg, their easiest of the season.

Since Brigg were promoted two seasons ago, they have struggled to get full strength sides to travel to the Middlesborough and Newcastle areas and it is showing with some disappointing results when the journey is long. In some ways it is the price of success.

Brigg had only the bare 11 men for the game at North Shields, who are in the top half of the table. Zac Meadows, Andrew Morris, Andrew Reid and Sam Ward were all unavailable.

Brigg held on well for the first half of the game and only conceded one goal by half time. Nick Sharp, with his pace and stick skills, was the main threat when Brigg moved forward.

In the second half the home side took the game by the scruff of the neck and scored four goals to move into the top half of the table. Brigg remain just below the half way mark in the table.

Thankfully Brigg only have one away game in the North East before the end of the season, the remaining away games being more comfortably in Yorkshire or North Lincolnshire.

Brigg 2nds lost 7-0 at home to Normanby Park 1st team on Saturday in their worst display of the season.

Older Brigg players have been saddened to learn of the death of former stalwart David Spring. He played for the club 1st team in the 1950s and 60s and after converting from being a defender, played for much of his career as a goalscoring centre forward. He was a Lincolnshire County selector and when his 1st team days with Brigg were over he continued to play for the club’s lower teams.

Brigg have two home games this weekend, a league fixture on Saturday while on Sunday Brigg entertain Bourne/Deeping in the England Hockey Trophy game.