Tuesday 19th October 2021 | Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division One
Words by Bob Taylor
The home team deserved to win this high scoring encounter producing an excellent all-round team performance for the full ninety minutes.
Humber United began strongly and scored the first goal after just two minutes of play when the ball was played into space down their left wing for Edward Wileman to strike a firm shot across the face of Miles Fenty’s goal into the far side of the net. Brigg’s response was immediate within a couple of minutes when a free kick from just over the halfway line was headed firmly into the top corner of Bramley’s goal by Steve McCarron. Edward Wileman continued to look a major threat with his pace and positional play on the left-wing and another shot from him was saved low down by Miles Fenty. There was a long delay after eleven minutes of the game because of a floodlight failure but play resumed with the light remaining off. Alfie Usher began to get more of the ball on the Brigg left and from one of his crosses into the goal area the ball was headed over the bar. Brigg continued to give the ball away cheaply in midfield and were subjected to increasing pressure. Humber United regained the lead after thirty six minutes through the perseverance of Edward Wileman down the left wing again. This clearly encouraged the home team to push further forward with Miles Fenty then required to make two more consecutive low saves. However, Brigg snatched a second equalising goal after thirty eight minutes when Andy Taylor followed up well to drive the ball into the back of the net after it had rebounded from the foot of the upright post. It was raining goals and Szymon Czubik scored again after forty minutes but Scott Phillips responded within the last minute of the half to send the teams in level at half-time, sharing the six goals scored.
The second half began well for Humber United with two more goals within the opening ten minutes of the re-start Edward Wileman completed his hat-trick of goals after fifty minutes when he chased a ball into the goal area and beat Miles Fenty in a scramble at the foot of the post. Then Szymon Czubik scored his second goal after racing clear on the right-wing before planting the ball into the back of the net to give United a two-goal cushion. Brigg continued to search for more from the game but the Humber United team held firm and compact. They simultaneously created counter-attacking breaks which provided clear opportunities to widen the goal difference. Scott Phillips pulled another goal back for Brigg in added time but it came too late to save the team from their first away league defeat of the season and the prospect of challenging games in the next few weeks.