Brigg Town FC go sixth after 2-1 win over Mickleover Sports in Evo-Stik League Division One South
After a two-week lay-off due to bad weather, Brigg Town FC resumed their Evo-Stik League programme with a home game against struggling Mickleover Sports.
Brigg were fortunate to take all three points from a game in which the visitors missed out on clear scoring chances, including a penalty kick in the second half.
Brigg included Paul Ashton in their starting line-up with Liam Dickens unavailable but Danny Buttle and Bruno Holden were unlucky to be only on the substitutes’ bench along with Martyn Gee, Sam Downey and new signing Elliot Broughton.
The first two attacks were comfortably cleared by the visitors’ defence, WRITES BOB TAYLOR.
Then, at the other end, a long free kick into the penalty area from John Guy was headed away from goal.
Brigg took the lead after seven minutes when Ryan Paczkowski headed the ball on from a long ball played forward and PAUL GRIMES seized the chance to take possession before driving it into the back of the net.
This initial success gave encouragement in the next minute for Liam Davis to work his way into the penalty area before sending a shot just over the bar.
When the visitors began to settle, the ball was played into space down their right wing and Scott Hellewell failed to clear before it was sent across the goal area, where Nathan Benger was left with an open goal to aim at to level the score, but he blasted his shot high and wide over the bar.
Josh Davies sent a thirty yard free kick into the goal area but the ball skidded wide of the upright post.
Poor defending by Brigg resulted in another good chance for the visitors but Miles Fenty, back in goal in place of the departed Jamie Green, made an excellent diving save to knock the ball clear.
Alex Flett then made a good forward run into the Mickleover penalty area taking a return pass before chipping a delicate shot just over the top angle of the goal.
With four minutes of the first half remaining, the visitors scored to go level.
The ball was played down their left wing and ALEX STEADMAN cut inside before sending a curling shot into the roof of the net.
The same player won possession of the ball from a right wing throw-in to send another shot over the crossbar before the break.
Sam Downey replaced the injured Alex Flett for the second half and Brigg restored the lead eight minutes later from the penalty spot.
Liam Davis did well to win the ball on the left wing and he worked his way into the area before being brought down.
RYAN PACZKOWSKI drove the spot kick into the roof of the net.
Mickleover were given another golden chance three minutes later when Chas Fisher challenged for the ball in the corner of the penalty area but sent John Guy tumbling and another spot kick was awarded.
However, Miles Fenty saved well from Martin Smythe’s effort.
From then on, slight chances fell at both ends of the pitch but generally, both sets of defenders played well enough to limit these.
Sam Downey and Josh Davies went close with shots for the home team and Mark Farthing curled a shot past the Brigg upright following a right wing corner kick.
Danny Buttle and Bruno Holden were introduced for the last fifteen minutes of the game and worked another clear opening for the latter to drive a shot over the bar, but no more goals came and Brigg took the three points to move up the league table by one place to sixth position.
Brigg Town FC: Fenty, Archer, Dudley, Davies, Hellewell, Fisher, Ashton, Flett, Paczkowski, Grimes, Davis. Subs: Downey (46), Buttle (72) and Holden (80) for Flett, Ashton and Paczkowski; Martyn Gee and Elliot Broughton not used.
This coming Saturday, Brigg Town will travel to take on second-placed Stamford.