Brigg Town 2 Stamford AFC 3: match report
Brigg conceded three goals in four minutes to surrender a 2-0 lead at home to Stamford, writes Bob Taylor.
It was a disappointing result in a game in which Brigg led 2-0 with only twenty minutes remaining.
Unfortunately, it is not the first time this season that Brigg have surrendered a winning position, and there is enough ability in the team to climb up the league table.
Stamford started well and Miles Fenty in the home goal collected a left-wing cross with confidence.
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Liam Davis was tripped inside the centre-circle and the free-kick was played up to Ryan Paczkowski, but his cross into the penalty area was cleared.
Greg Archer got forward on the right-wing to send a shot over the Stamford cross bar.
For the visitors, Louis Hamilton looked sharp on the right, but Josh Freeman marked him well.
Andrew Hall forced Miles Fenty into making a great diving save from a fierce volley from outside the area.
Liam Davis curled a corner kick into the Stamford goalmouth but this was well-held under pressure by Matt Finlay.
Alex Flett combined well with Adam Lee for the latter to go close with a shot over the bar and, in reply, Louis Hamilton worked the ball across the face of the Brigg goal before it was knocked to safety.
Brigg began to get more possession and took the lead after 34 minutes when Alex Flett moved the ball down the left wing and ADAM LEE met the cross to find the back of the net.
Then, Liam Dickens made a strong forward run down the middle of the pitch but his shot was deflected on to the cross bar and the ball bounced clear.
Just before half time, Greg Archer met a cross in front of goal but there wasn't enough pace on his header to increase the lead.
Brigg settled well in the opening minutes of the second half and increased their lead after 54 minutes when Adam Lee won the ball inside the penalty area and crossed to the far side of the area for LIAM DAVIS to volley in with the aid of a deflection.
Miles Fenty then made another outstanding save to keep the two-goal margin, and Brigg's appeals for a penalty were turned down after Adam Lee was brought down in the area were turned down.
Josh Freeman was replaced through injury by Danny Buttle and Stamford introduced Gregg Smith up front for Louis Hamilton.
After 70 minutes, Stamford pulled a goal back when a break on the left resulted in Gregg Smith heading the ball down for GARY KING to knock it into the net.
Two minutes later, Liam Dickens was left injured in Stamford's half and the ball was played quickly forward down the middle of the pitch for GREG SMITH to find the goal from 12 yards out.
Brigg were clearly upset, but even more so when the referee awarded a soft penalty to the visitors two minutes later, when Scott Hellewell was penalised for an adjudged trip in the corner of the penalty area when he clearly played the ball. ANDREW HALL blasted the spot kick past Miles Fenty to put the visitors in control for the first time.
For the last ten minutes, Stamford held the initiative and could have increased their lead but Fenty made two more excellent diving saves.
Brigg next face Sutton Coldfield at home on Saturday afternoon.
Team: Fenty, Archer, Freeman, Davies, Fisher, Hellewell,Davis, Dickens, Paczkowski, Lee, Flett.
Subs: Mansaram for Paczkowski (81), Walker for Dickens (73), Buttle for Freeman (57). Morley and Bowsley not used.