Brigg Town FC go down 3-1 at home to Newcastle Town in Evo-Stik League
Brigg Town FC lost 3-1 at home to Newcastle Town in the Evo-Stik League Division One South.
Brigg gave debuts to new signings Josh Freeman and Josh Davies and also welcomed back Scott Hellewell for his second spell at the club, WRITES JOHN MARTIN.
The only surprise of the first half was that it remained goalless as both sides missed good chances.
The visitors, in particular, missed some gilt-edged opportunities with striker Neville Thompson proving especially difficult for the Zebra's defence to deal with, getting into some good positions but lacking the finishing touch. Midfielder Glynn Blackhurst also fired over with a long range effort and Andy Nicholls goalbound shot was spectacularly blocked by Brigg defender Hellewell.
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At the opposite end the home side threatened when Hellewell rose well to meet Liam Davis' corner but could only head the ball inches over the bar.
Adam Lee's close range header was then easily caught by goalkeeper Dave Parton.
The visitors took a grip on the game immediately after the restart, scoring within 60 seconds of the kick off.
Thompson rampaged down the right hand side before cutting inside and unleashing a curling shot that gave Miles Fenty no chance.
Brigg tried to respond with Danny Buttle seeing his effort blocked before a neat move involving Darren Mansaram and Lee saw the latter's shot deflected into the arms of Parton.
Newcastle effectively sealed the points with an hour played as Kyle Diskin ran unchallenged down the right-hand side before crossing low to Jack Harrison who had time to control the ball before drilling it past Fenty.
Brigg were unfortunate just moments later when Buttle's curling free kick smacked into the crossbar.
Things got even worse for the home side six minutes later when Newcastle scored again as Nicholls fired home after a quick break.
It now seemed to be a question of how many the visitors would score as Thompson fired inches wide, Adam Bayley hit a rasping drive just over the bar and substitute Darren Twigg shot tamely at Fenty when he ought to have done better.
Brigg responded as Lee saw his effort saved and Mansaram just failed to connect as he slid in to meet Chas Fisher’s low cross.
The home side found themselves reduced to ten men in the final minute as Buttle was shown a red card for reacting badly and kicking out at his opponent after being fouled.
Brigg at least were able to score a consolation goal from the resulting free kick as substitute Stuart Preston rose to place a looping header over Parton and into the net.
The Zebras have only gathered one point from their opening three league games (currently sitting third from bottom of the league) and have also been knocked out of the FA Cup - hardly the start that the players, management and supporters were hoping for.
The team will try to bounce back when they visit Rainworth Miners' Welfare tomorrow (Tuesday evening). Kick off will be at 7.45pm.