Brigg 2nd XI prepared for the final home game of season knowing that 3 points would be enough to mathematically ensure safety. However having already lost away at Wakefield earlier in the season they knew any result would be hard fought.
Matters weren't helped when an early mix up between Brigg defender Stuart Brumby
and goalkeeper Phil Young
allowed an early Wakefield goal. Post match discussions largely around whether Stuart had called 'leave it' or 'kick it' were not fully resolved but the outcome was an easy goal for the opposition. To make matters worse Wakefield dominated the early part of the game and were rewarded with a second goal for their efforts.
As has happened often this season Brigg having started poorly managed to drag themselves back into the game, with good work from Joe Hastings
and Danny Clay in midfield. After a Brigg attack had broken down Danny Clay continued to press the Wakefield defense and dispossessed a Wakefield defender before calmly flicking the ball into the net for Brigg's opener. Brigg kept up the pressure and a speculative cross from Mark Morris was collected by Andrew Norris
who himself flicked the ball into the net to bring Brigg level with Wakefield.
In the second half the 2nds looked to continue their pressure but good defending from Wakefield, in particular their sweeper and goalkeeper putting in some vitals challenges and saves, kept Brigg at bay. It also allowed Wakefield to look for counterattacks whioh they exploited well and bagged two more goals on the break to take them two goals clear with quarter of an hour remaining.
Brigg had so far been largely unsuccessful with their set pieces, David Baggott
unluckily striking the crossbar with a drag flick from one. However Brigg managed to convert two late penalty corners into goals to level the scores. The first a switch right from Stuart Brumby
to Andrew Norris
, who's shot although saved by the opposition 'keeper fell to Simon Weightman on the post for an easy finish. The second, which was awarded on the final whistle, was a straight shot from Stuart Brumby
that after a bit of a goal mouth fumble was half cleared to Andrew Norris
who crashed the ball into the back of the net.
Brigg celebrated gaining a point that had seemed out of reach but Wakefield must have felt they had let three points slip through their fingers.