Brigg Town FC step up bid for play-off place with 3-0 home win over Carlton Town
Brigg Town FC bounced back in style to beat Carlton Town 3-0 in the Evo-Stik League Division One South after their disappointing midweek defeat at home in the Doodson Sport Cup against Sheffield FC.
A first minute Brigg attack down the left wing won a free kick outside the penalty area but Liam Davis struck his shot over the bar, WRITES BOB TAYLOR.
Carlton responded with a quick counter but Julian Topliss was caught narrowly off side. Two long throws into the Brigg penalty area by Matthew Varley were well defended.
From another free kick awarded to the home team, Jamie Green’s long ball into the penalty area was headed away safely.
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Paul Grimes linked well with Danny Buttle down the left but Matthew Varley blocked the attack and kicked the ball out of play.
A poor clearance from the Brigg penalty area let in Dean Gent but his snap shot from twenty yards out was over the crossbar.
Brigg scored the important first goal of the game after twenty-seven minutes of play after Paul Grimes got possession of a long free kick played forward by Jamie Green before releasing the ball to LIAM DAVIS, who drove a shot into the bottom corner of the net. In the next minute, Ryan Paczkowski got free down the left and cut inside before driving his fierce shot across the face of the goal and out at the far side of the pitch.
Brigg then increased their lead after thirty-four minutes when DANNY BUTTLE went past his marker on the left wing and was brought down by a late challenge from goalkeeper Martin Kearney, earning a penalty kick for which he got up to drive into the back of the net. Brigg then played the ball well out of defence with Ryan Paczkowski and Paul Grimes setting up another opening for Liam Davis but his volley went over the bar. Dean Gent attempted a long range shot but this went high over the bar whilst at the other end, goalkeeper Martin Kearney saved well from an in-swinging left wing corner kick.
Carlton started the second half well but Jamie Green produced a good save low down off Luke Smithson.
More long throws into the penalty area from Matthew Varley were comfortably defended and when Brigg attacked, Paul Grimes and Liam Davis were a constant threat. Ryan Paczkowski went close to increasing the lead after a free kick was awarded for a foul on Paul Grimes but the third goal was scored after seventy minutes with a delightful move down the left wing.
After Liam Davis was tripped, the free kick was played down the touch line by Paul Grimes for Danny Buttle to deliver a deep cross to the far post where RYAN PACZKOWSKI met the ball to knock it into the back of the net.
Brigg continued to press and were unlucky not to add further goals, with Bruno Holden, - on as substitute for Ryan Paczkowski - having one strike deflected wide and another against the crossbar, as well as a free kick by Paul Grimes from twenty-five yards out just over the bar with Martin Kearney looking on.
Carlton continued to press to get something from the game but Jamie Green made another point-blank save in the dying minutes to ensure a clean sheet was maintained.
Brigg Town: Green, Archer, Dudley, Flett, Hellewell, Fisher, Davis, Dickens, Paczkowski, Grimes, Buttle; subs, Holden (75) for Paczkowski, Downey (87) for Buttle.
Davies, Gee and Fenty (GK) not used.
On Saturday seventh-placed Brigg will travel to high-flying Sutton Coldfield Town, who play their fixtures on an artificial surface.