Brigg Town FC enjoy fine 4-2 away win at Gresley
The slope of the pitch was in favour of Brigg Town FC for the first half on the Evo-Stik League Division One South game at Gresley and they used it to advantage, gaining a two goal lead before half-time.
Gresley started strongly and had plenty of pace up front but were more fragile at the back.
Brigg keeper Miles Fenty saved a left wing shot from Rob Spencer after two minutes and then Jordi Gougfh's cross caught Rich Hanslow offside, WRITES BOB TAYLOR.
Hanslow raced on to a through pass and found the back of the net but another offside decision was given.
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Brigg's first attack resulted in Danny Buttle winning a corner kick but this was cleared. Ryan Paczkowski found space on the right to collect the ball and get a firm shot at the goal but George Woodward saved well.
Gresley responded with shots from Phil Massingham, James Jepson and Rob Spencer all going wide.
Brigg scored the first goal after twenty-five minujtes when Danny Buttle went past his marker on the left wing and sent a deep cross into the penalty area for LIAM DICKENS to get to the ball before knocking it past Woodward.
The game turned two minutes later when the home team appeals for a penalty kick were turned down and a free kick just outside the box was awarded instead but James Jepson was sent off for an offence.
Danny Holmes blasted the kick wildly over the bar from the eventually taken kick.
After thirty-two minutes, Brigg doubled their score with another quick break down the left wing resulting in a cross finding LIAM DAVIS in the right position to fire the ball into the back of the net.
Gresley pushed forward and Rob Spencer went clear down the left wing but shot well wide.
Before the break, Josh Davies struck a fierce free kick into a defensive wall from the edge of the area before the ball was cleared.
The home team went on the offensive at the start of the second half but never really troubled Miles Fenty in the Brigg goal and it was Brigg who were able to add a third goal after fifty-five minutes when STUART PRESTON raced on to another ball down the left wing catching the defenders flat-footed and appealing for an offside decision before he slotted the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the area.
Brigg looked safe with their three-goal cushion against a ten-man home team and two more strikes at goal from Danny Buttle went close.
Then, following the breakdown of a Brigg attack after seventy minutes, JORDI GOUGH made a strong run from midfield before beating Miles Fenty with a shot just inside the upright from twenty yards.
Five minutes later, substitute MARC GOODFELLOW grabbed a second goal with a crisp shot into the back of the net from a left wing cross.
Clearly encouraged by the success of the two quick goals, Gresley pushed for an equaliser but were caught out with a quick Brigg counter attack which resulted in LIAM DAVIS spinning on a cross into the penalty area before finding the back of the net to restore the two goal lead ten minutes from time.
Gresley pushed again and created three good chances but shots from Mickey Lyons and Jordan Nadat went wide and Matt Roome headed a left wing cross over the bar.
Brigg Town: Fenty, Archer, Dudley, Davies, Hellewell, Gee, Davis, Dickens, Paczkowski, Preston, Buttle; subs, Flett, (71), Bowsley (89), and Downey (75) for Dickens, Paczkowski and Buttle; Fisher not used.
That win against the fifth-in-the-table Derbyshire side lifts Brigg four places to 14th, but this Saturday the Zebras have another difficult away game when they travel to in-form Belper Town.