Ryan Paczkowski spot on as Brigg Town FC draw away to Loughborough Dynamo
Brigg Town FC drew 1-1 on their visit to Loughborough Dynamo yesterday in the Evo-Stik League Division One South.
Danny Buttle returned to the Brigg starting line up after suspension and Alex Flett was also back, but Greg Archer was unavailable, writes BOB TAYLOR. Brigg anticipated a difficult game against a team which had scored 14 goals in their last three matches.
And the task was made more difficult when the home side scored in the very first minute.
After Brigg lost possession of the ball from a throw-in, the home team took advantage by breaking quickly down the left wing. When the ball was played into the penalty area by Reece Lester, JAMIE CLARKE was available to thump it into the back of the net from five yards.
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Clearly encouraged by this early success, Loughborough put more pressure on the Brigg defenders and Shawn Richards found space down the right wing to send another dangerous cross along the face of the Brigg goal.
When Brigg began to settle, Danny Buttle was fouled outside the penalty area and then there were strong claims for a penalty kick following a handling offence.
Carl Sibson was cautioned for a tackle on Adam Lee and the same player went close to increasing the lead when he headed a left wing corner kick over the bar.
Another left wing attack from Danny Buttle resulted in a shot from Liam Davis just over the crossbar but the home team continued to threaten mostly down their right wing where Shawn Richards was using his pace and ball control to excellent advantage.
He broke through again but Miles Fenty got down well to block his attempted strike at goal.
Brigg had even stronger claims for another penalty kick following a second handling offence inside the penalty area on a high cross delivered from the left wing but these were again turned down.
In the closing minute of the first half, Liam Dickens made a strong forward run down the right wing but Ryan Paczkowski could't quite reach the ball played in from his eventual cross to the far post.
Brigg started the second half more positively and gradually reduced the threat posed by Shawn Richards.
Liam Davis did well to work the ball in for Adam Lee but the striker's shot was blocked in the goal area.
For the home team, Shawn Richards won another right wing corner kick but this was well defended and then Miles Fenty saved from a free kick on the left.
Shawn Richards did break free again but his shot went across the goal area without anyone able to take advantage.
After an hour's play the home team were reduced to ten players after Jamie Clarke was sent off for reacting to a foul by Liam Dickens.
Brigg took advantage of their extra man and mounted more and more attacks.
They were rewarded for patience when RYAN PACZKOWSKI was brought down inside the penalty area eight minutes from time by Carl Sibson and then netted the spot kick himself.
Brigg pressed for a winner and went close when Sam Downey set up a chance for Darren Mansaram to nod the ball down to Ryan Paczkowski, whose shot went just over the bar.
Then, in the final minute of the game, the home team created a glorious chance to snatch all three points but the ball was blasted over the bar from the edge of the penalty area.
Saturday's draw at Loughborough leaves Brigg in mid-table - 11th out of 22 teams - eight games into the new season.
Brigg Town: Fenty, Dickens, Freeman, Bowsley, Fisher, Hellewell, Davis, Flett, Paczkowski, Lee, Buttle; subs: Mansaram for Hellewell, Davies for Bowsley, and Downey; Morley and Musselwhite not used.
Brigg have a re-arranged home fixture on Saturday afternoon when they take on fifth-placed Stamford at the Hawthorns.