Back-to-back triumphs for Brigg Town FC as Hucknall beaten 1-0 at Hawthorns
Brigg Town FC won 1-0 at home to Hucknall Town on Saturday in the Evo-Stik League Division One South - the Zebras' second success of the week.
The Brigg starting line-up was unchanged from the team which midweek at Rainworth Miners Welfare, WRITES BOB TAYLOR.
The visitors were on the offensive right from the kick off, winning a throw-in deep into Brigg's half on the right wing. Rob Pailing delivered the ball into the crowded penalty area finding Julian Topliss, but his shot was blocked. Then Danny Hayes headed a left wing cross over Brigg's crossbar from short range.
Rob Pailing's long throws into the area continued to cause early problems and Ollie Fisher headed clear for a corner kick, which was well defended.
When Brigg mounted their first threatening attack, Ollie Fisher slipped the ball out to the left wing but Stuart Preston was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and the free kick was blocked.
However, Brigg took the lead and scored the match-winning goal after ten minutes.
LIAM DICKENS received the ball midway into the Hucknall half, on the right, and made a telling run past three defenders into the penalty area before receiving the ball back from Liam Davis and being able to drive it into the bottom corner of the net from twelve yards.
Hucknall almost grabbed an equaliser five minutes later from another long throw by Rob Pailing which resulted in a header striking the foot of the far upright post before being scrambled clear of the goal-line.
This was followed by a right wing corner kick from Steve Carty across the face of the goal with no finishing touch.
Brigg began to settle more and played some neat, controlled football, moving the ball well.
They should have scored a second goal when the ball was worked through the middle of the pitch for Liam Dickens to get a clear chance in front of goal but he curled his shot wide.
Then a right wing corner kick played into the goal area was bound for the back of the net but struck a Brigg player on the goal-line and bounced clear.
More good movement ended with a shot from Liam Davis being well saved by 'keeper Jason Fisher and the first half ended with a curling shot from Hucknall's Danny Hayes going wide of the target at the other end of the pitch.
Hucknall made a double substitution at half-time and Jamie Brown was introduced in place of Karl Slack up front.
He soon showed his pace and pounced on a loose ball before striking a fierce shot at goal which produced a good diving save from Miles Fenty.
For Brigg, Alan Lamb went close with a shot from outside the penalty area just over the bar and the hard working Stuart Preston was stopped inside the penalty area after being set free by Liam Davis.
Miles Fenty made another good save to deny Jamie Brown again, while Alan Lamb had another shot blocked at the other end.
Ollie Fisher kept a tight rein on Jamie Brown for the last half-hour and the Brigg defenders worked well as a unit to take complete control of Rob Paling's long throws, securing a second win for the team in the space of four days.
On Saturday, Brigg Town will face Ramsbottom United at home in the FA Trophy.