Saturday 18th December 2021 | Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division One
Words by Bob Taylor | Images by Melv Chudley
A crowd of over six hundred spectators turned out to watch a highly competitive game between the two neighbouring teams which ended with a narrow victory for the home team.
In the opening minute, North Ferriby goalkeeper Lewis Exall was quick off his goal line to clear a ball played through the middle for Jonathan Oglesby, responding by setting up a right-wing attack, which was blocked. Then Daniel East tried a shot from twenty five yards out but the ball flew past the top angle of the goal. After ten minutes, the same player was unlucky to see another of his strikes hit the Brigg crossbar and bounce clear of the goal area before Jack Bowskin cleared it. The visitors continued to press in the early stages, particularly with pace down their right-wing but Brigg’ defence held tight. After twenty minutes of play, Jack Bowskin got forward to send a long-range shot marginally wide of the upright post. This was followed by an attack down the left wing which resulted in a corner kick being driven low down at the near post for a goal kick.
At this stage of the game, Brigg were getting increased possession and play was end to end. Levi Tarbotton and Louis Kirk combined well in midfield before the latter’s thirty yard shot went high over the Brigg goal. Then Danny East had a shot blocked by Wayne Graves and Josh Whiteley suffered an injury outside the penalty area before recovering to deliver a dangerous cross into the penalty area. Despite the action at both ends of the pitch, the teams went into the half time break with no goals to show.
Five minutes after the break, Brigg were awarded a soft penalty kick after Josh Batty was tripped inside the area by Benjamin Leyland. Scott Phillips, who had missed the last couple of games, drove the spot kick into the roof of the net. North Ferriby pushed forward more searching for an equalising goal but Brigg ‘keeper David Birch made a great save to preserve the slender lead and the follow-up resulted in the ball striking the frame of the goal. The Brigg defenders continued to restrain continuous attacks and the single goal proved enough to capture the three points.
Match Attendance: 634