Brigg travelled to Halifax knowing nothing short of three points would do if we still had ambitions of promotion this season.
With a much changed squad from the previous week Brigg had to shuffle the pack and make the best of the 13 players we had taken away.
A defensive line of (L-R) Adam Marks, Simon Dixon
, Andrew Dixon
and Harry Cadwallader
was decided upon to act as cover for the missing Burnett, Egan and Hastings. With the game barley a minute old Skipper A.D. picked up an injury from the first of many heavy challenges from the Halifax team. This resulted in Tom North
stepping into the back line to cover.
The mass reshuffle of the Brigg defence and midfield led to a lot of early confusion to who was playing where, and who was marking who. This resulted in Halifax taking a 1-0 lead. A shot from top D was well saved by Brigg keeper Collin Lattimore
, but unfortunately it was a Halifax stick that was first to the loose ball, and he calmly slotted into an open goal.
Brigg soon regained composure and players started to settle into the unfamiliar positions they were playing in. From here on Brigg really took control of the game and an equaliser was not long in coming. Some good play in the middle led to sam crookes
getting the ball in the Halifax D. Sam showed great composure to pick out Andy Dixon, who slid the ball across the goal for Andy Reid
to smash the ball home to end his recent baron run.
For the remainder of the first half the game was well balanced, with both keepers making fairly routine saves to ensure the game was level going into the second half.
The half time message was for all to remain composed in the face of a now very aggressive Halifax outfit. This was clearly taken on board by the team and an excellent second half was dominated by Brigg. Tom North
and Simon Dixon
remained composed at the back and cut out anything that got through the middle of the park.
The winner came from some strong Brigg play. Dave Jollands
was put through 1 on 1 with the advancing Halifax keeper, but the result was never in doubt. Bolla coolly slipped the ball under the keeper to make it 2-1. After the goal Bolla took great pleasure in informing the Halifax keeper of the score, which he did not take very kindly to, this led to a scuffle between a few players but was nothing more than handbags.
Brigg looked to close the game out from here, and bar a Halifax shot that went six inches over the bar there was little more to trouble the Brigg backline. Just before the final whistle sub Matt Peaker had the chance to score on his first team debut, but pushed the ball wide from a narrow angle after good work from A.D.
Man of the Match went to Dave Jollands
for great play up top and his well taken goal.
All 13 Brigg players played well in this game to keep our promotion hopes well and truly alive. With Leeds losing, we are now level on points in the race for promotion.