Paul Grimes hat-trick as Brigg Town FC win 6-1 at Hucknall Town
After their narrow defeat on New Year's Day away at Lincoln United, Brigg Town FC were hoping to get back to winning ways against struggling Hucknall Town in the Evo-Stik League Division One South.
Greg Archer was back, replacing Liam Dickens who was named as a substitute, WRITES BOB TAYLOR.
Brigg started positively but found the home team defending well and marking up tightly on a heavy surface.
Liam Davis almost got through in the first minute but goalkeeper Alex Mallong was quickly off his line to win the ball low down.
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Bruno Holden won a free kick just over the halfway line but Greg Archer's delivery was defended well.
Chas Fisher then lost possession just outside his own penalty area but when the ball was played forward, Mitchell Slawson was caught just offside.
A long ball played down the right wing for Liam Davis won a corner kick but Alex Mallong collected the cross confidently.
As Brigg continued to stretch the home defence, Paul Grimes and Bruno Holden both had shots wide of the goal. Mitchell Slawson was cautioned for a late tackle on Liam Davis and Josh Davis' free kick found Greg Archer just inches short of converting at the far post.
A throw-in from the left was worked into the penalty area for Ryan Paczkowski to strike a shot against the crossbar but the ball bounced clear.
Then Alex Mallong made an excellent diving save off Liam Davis' strike following a good inter-passing move with Paul Grimes. The home 'keeper followed this up with a terrific double save from shots by Paul Grimes and Alex Flett.
The first goal was scored after half an hour's play and came after Scott Hellewell played the ball into space on the sight wing for Liam Davis to send a cross into the penalty area where PAUL GRIMES spun neatly before planting a shot into the back of the net from twelve yards out.
Ryan Paczkowski went close after two more attacks before Brigg scored their second goal in the fortieth minute.
Ryan Paczkowski and LIAM DAVIS linked up neatly outside the penalty area before the latter found the back of the net with Alex Mallong having no chance of stopping his shot.
In the last move of the first half, Paul Grimes struck a free kick from thirty yards out over the crossbar.
Danny Buttle was introduced for the second half, replacing Bruno Holden, who was suffering with a tight ham string injury. Rob Paling was cautioned for a foul against Ryan Paczzkowski and Liam Davis struck a free kick high over the home team's crossbar.
Brigg continued to dominate the play but Paul Grimes had another strike over the cross bar and Liam Davis was blocked by a good strong tackle.
The third goal was scored after fifty-seven minutes when the ball was worked out of the defence by Chas Fisher to PAUL GRIMES, who took a return pass from Danny Buttle before finding the corner of the net.
Brigg looked secure with a three goal lead but the home team were awarded a soft penalty kick three minutes later for a foul by Mark Dudley for a push in the area.
ROB PALING struck the spotkick past Jamie Green to give the home team hope of something from the game.
However, Brigg then took complete control of the match as the home team began to tire.
After Danny Buttle drove a shot wide from the left wing, Mark Dudley got forward in support to move the ball into the path of RYAN PACZKOWSKI who drove it into the back of the net to re-establish the three-goal lead in the seventy-third minute.
Alex Mallong saved well again to deny a second goal for Liam Davis and Josh Davies drove a volley over the bar.
Brigg's continuing pressure on the home defence resulted in PAUL GRIMES completing his hat trick five minutes from time when he found plenty of space again down the right wing and moved into the penalty area before planting the ball into the far corner of the net.
Further opportunities for more goals were missed in the closing stages but DANNY BUTTLE managed a sixth and final goal with virtually the last kick of the game when he finished off an attack down the left wing.
Brigg Town: Green, Archer, Dudley, Davies, Hellewell, Fisher, Davis, Flett, Holden, Grimes, Paczkowski; subs: Buttle for Holden (46), Dickens for Davis (80), Downey for Flett (80); Gee and Fenty not used.
This win took Brigg up to seventh place in the league table but they now have a very difficult home match next Saturday against Carlton Town.
Before that, they face Sheffield FC in the second round of the Doodson Sport Cup at home on Tuesday evening (January 8). KO 7.45pm