Tuesday 28th September 2021 | Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division One
Words by Bob Taylor
After Saturday’s FA Vase defeat, Town looked to bounce back at Rossington Main’s Welfare Ground in this midweek League match.
Main started the game strongly with Tyla Bell working his way past Chas Fisher on the left wing before striking a shot against David Birch’s crossbar. However, in Brigg’s first attack after four minutes of play, they opened the scoring when the ball was played down the left wing to Alfie Usher, who sidestepped before striking it firmly into the back of Main’s goal. Ninety seconds later, the home team responded with a great goal by Bailey Conway from the edge of the penalty area following a slick move down the right-wing. This encouraged more positive play and David Birch had to be off his line quickly to clear the ball up the pitch in the next couple of attacks. Niall Doran put the hosts ahead with a well-worked goal in the twenty-eighth minute after a right-wing corner kick for Brigg had been cleared constructively up Main’s right-wing before being crossed to him. Martin Pembleton struck a retaliatory warning shot over the crossbar before Jack Richardson got an equalising goal with a powerful controlled shot from outside the penalty area after thirty seven minutes of the game.
Play was end to end contributing to an entertaining match on a slippery surface as the rain continued to fall. Jordan Buckham headed narrowly over David Birch’s crossbar after a spell of head tennis in the Brigg penalty area and Danny Deakin’s shot from the edge of the area beat David Birch but finished wide of the target. Maintaining the pressure on Brigg’s defenders, Jamie Green was brought down inside the area in the last few minutes of the half resulting with a penalty kick being awarded. Niall Doran struck the ball well but David Birch made a terrific save to keep the scoreline level at half-time.
The second half started with Main on the offensive with a right-wing attack hurriedly cleared, but it was Brigg who scored the all-important third goal to seize the initiative. It came after fifty two minutes from a left-wing corner kick conceded by the home team which was played across the penalty area before being returned for Martin Pembleton to cleverly side foot it over the goalkeeper’s outstretched hand into the roof of the net. Bailey Conway continued to be a threat for the home team and was always busy in mid-field. His response to Brigg’s third goal was a pot shot from thirty yards out but well over the bar. Brigg began to steadily control the play and increased the lead after an hour of play when Scott Phillips was alert and quick to react when goalkeeper Jan Budtz had to dive to save a free kick taken from outside his area. The ball ran loose for the Brigg striker to add to his season’s tally. Brigg continued to play the ball about confidently and restricted the home team opportunities but David Birch was still kept active by the main threat posed by Bailey Conway until the final whistle which came immediately after a poor foul by Gary Mundy.
The win keeps Brigg at the top end of the league table for now but they have a free Saturday this week before returning to play against Hall Road Rangers at home on Saturday October 9th.