Hockey: Brigg Firsts face crucial second half of season

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Brigg Hockey Club men’s first team slipped to the lower regions of the North Division Two Hockey League after three defeats in their final games of 2015.

They will resume after the new year break looking anxiously over their shoulders and hoping to avoid the relegation trapdoor when the end of season arrives in April.

Brigg’s latest game saw them at home to high-flying Chapeltown and they went down 3-2 after a hard-fought encounter.

The previous game saw a 4-1 defeat to Newcastle area side North Shields.

This left Brigg sitting third from bottom of the league with the bottom two due to be relegated this term.

They begin the second half of the season with a tricky long-distance trip to leaders Stockton.

* Brigg Seconds lost 6-0 to Doncaster Third XI and 9-0 to City of York Third XI, results which left them in seventh place in Division Two at the halfway stage of the season.

The Third XI also sit in seventh in Division Four South, while the fourth team are eighth in Division Six South.

* The best result over the festive month came for Brigg Veterans who journeyed to Lincoln to play Lindum Vets in the Yorkshire Over 35s Veterans Cup.

Brigg came away 2-0 winners with both goals coming from second team marksman Mark Skinner.

They had to hang on to their precious lead in the late stages, however, with former first team duo Stuart Brumby and Nick Beacock holding the defence together manfully.

* Brigg Ladies’ first team are having an excellent season and lie sixth in the Yorkshire Ladies Premier League.

The Ladies’ Second XI are ninth in Division Four South, while the third team lie in third place in Division Six East.