Saturday 13th November 2021 | Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division One
Words by Bob Taylor | Images by Melv Chudley
When the teams began the last quarter of the game, Brigg were holding on to a single goal lead but they then moved into top gear and added another five goals in the remaining twenty-two minutes.
The Steelmen started the game confidently and created an opportunity to take a first-minute lead when Brandon Bagley made space on the right wing to deliver a low cross into the goal area for Freddy Tracey to fire the ball over the crossbar from five yards out. Brandon Bagley posed a major threat and worked his way to the goal line on the right before sending another shot at goal high above the cross bar from a tight angle. After these initial attacks by the Steelmen, Brigg scored the opening goal of the game in their first forward attacking move in the fourth minute of play. Winning a free kick mid-way into the home team’s half, Jack Bowskin picked out Alfie Usher in space on the left side of the pitch and his first-time volley found the back of the net.
When Josh Batty was fouled outside the penalty area, Jon Oglesby’s free kick was safely held by Jordan Greaves. Parkgate looked for a quick reply to the early goal but David Birch made a couple of low diving saves before the ball was cleared, however, the continuous pressure from the home team was rewarded when they did score in the twentieth minute. The goal resulted from more good forward play on the right by Brandon Bagley who sidestepped his way inside the penalty area before crossing the ball for Jack Bancroft to steer it into the bottom corner of the Brigg goal. After another free kick into the Brigg goalmouth was headed clear, Brigg restored their lead after thirty minutes when Scott Phillips scored from the penalty spot, awarded for a clumsy foul at the edge of the area. Brigg began to settle and created more chances before half-time with an effort from Alfie Usher cleared and another firm header from Jack Bowskin going over the crossbar.
Trailing by a single goal at the start of the second half, the Steelmen were soon on the offensive in its opening minutes, Steve McCarron was penalised for a foul outside the penalty area and David Birch had to make a low diving save from Freddy Tracey’s shot at goal. Both teams introduced substitutes mid-way through the half and Brigg’s fresh legs began to make an impact. The third goal came from another penalty kick awarded for a foul by James Stafford on the edge of the area on the right. Josh Batty beat goalkeeper Jordan Greaves‘ brave attempt from the spot-kick to put Brigg in a more commanding lead with twenty minutes left to play. Five minutes later Josh Batty was sent clear with a lovely through ball into the middle of the area and added to his personal tally. Full of confidence with the seemingly secure lead Brigg began passing the ball about well and Scott Phillips added a fifth goal after eighty minutes with another pass finding him clear on goal. The home team continued to look for clear openings and went close on two occasions, first with a shot into the side netting then followed by a header just wide from a long free kick crossed into the goal area. Josh Batty completed his hat trick three minutes from the end of the game and Jon Oglesby grabbed the final goal in time added on to secure a resounding win against a Parkgate team that has had a recent unbeaten run.
Brigg are at home next Saturday when Dronfield Town are the visitors.