Brigg Town Football Club CIC

Toolstation Northern Counties East Football League - Division One


Brigg Town FC CIC 4-1 Dronfield Town

Saturday 20th November 2021 | Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division One

Words by Bob Taylor | Images by Melv Chudley

Another fine second-half performance saw Brigg overcome Dronfield Town and return to the top of the league.

The home team’s opening attack came from a free kick awarded on the halfway line after a foul tackle on Josh Batty. Lawrence Heward played the ball down the right-wing for Jonathan Oglesby to deliver a cross into the goal area, but ‘keeper Richard Henson saved comfortably. Then Jonathan Oglesby tried a shot from outside the penalty area but this went wide of the target. From a drop ball outside the Dronfield penalty area, Martin Pembleton struck a firm volley into the side netting. Steve McCarron found Alfie Usher on the left-wing and he tried his luck with another shot at goal but the ball flew over the crossbar. Dronfield responded with a neat move down the middle of the pitch into the Brigg penalty area but David Birch was quick off his line to make a low blocking save at the feet of Callum Mawbey. Brigg had a clear chance to open the scoring when Josh Batty left the ’keeper on the ground but his strike at goal was cleared off the line. Brigg began to exert more pressure with another Josh Batty shot going over the bar followed by one from Jack Richardson against the woodwork.

The first goal came after thirty five minutes from the penalty spot, awarded after Josh Batty was brought down in the area after some enterprising play by Alfie Usher and Jack Richardson. Scott Phillips converted, so adding to his season’s tally. Martin Pembleton immediately set up another right-wing attack but Jonathan Oglesby’s shot at goal was well saved by Richard Henson. The single goal lead only lasted for three minutes before Callum Mawbey found space to run clear of Lawrence Heward and a static Brigg defence to chip the ball over the advancing David Birch into the roof of the goal.

Brigg started the second half well with an early free kick from Martin Pembleton which was saved by Richard Henson. Alfie Usher and Jonathan Oglesby worked an opening before the latter sent a deflected shot across the face of the goal. Dronfield’s reply came from Callum Mawbey testing David Birch with a shot from outside the penalty area. Alfie Usher was receiving more of the ball and looked a constant danger to the visitors’ defence. He set up the second goal for the home team after an hour of play when he delivered a left-wing cross into the area for Jack Bowskin to find the top corner of the net with a firm header. Brigg made their substitutions and as in their previous match, the changes re-energised the team. A free kick from outside the penalty area from Josh Batty was deflected by the defensive wall for a corner kick which Scott Phillips met well but headed over the crossbar. Brigg kept up the pressure on their opponents and were rewarded with a third goal after seventy nine minutes, created by Wayne Graves who fed the ball inside from the right-wing for Josh Batty to find the bottom of the net. The fourth and final goal was scored three minutes from the end when Josh Batty repeated his earlier success by driving another right-wing cross into the back of the net from a short distance out.

Next Saturday afternoon, Blackstone (Stamford) are the opponents at home in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy competition.

Match Attendance: 212