Long Day with nothing to show for it
Brigg 2nds feel the effects of long traffic delays on the way to match.
Some poor lane choices from captain Dan Garfoot saw the 2nd XI caught out by roadworks on the M18 enroute to Chapeltown. A long queue saw they team arrive over an hour after the game was supposed to start. Although Chapeltown (and of course Lincoln 3rds who played after us) were kind enough to wait allowing the game to still go ahead, the long journey had an effect on Brigg and they were unable to take any points from the game.
Much to the ire of the opposition, Brigg when finally ready to start were urged by the umpires to get the game underway before the Chapeltown players were in position. However the momentary advantage gained came to naught and it was Chapeltown who made the early pressure. A firm shot from their forward caught the Brigg keeper, Phil Young off balance and Chapeltown were in the lead.
With injuries to both Andrew Norris (ankle) and Dave Baggott (groin) the Brigg side changed the shape to try and get more of the ball and get into the game. It also meant the central midfield partnership of Stuart Brumby and Steve Ward, having seen between them over 100 years.
Following on from recent weeks Brigg looked dangerous at set pieces and having had one penalty corner drag flick by Dave Baggott deflected wide, scored from a second as Simon Weightman deflected the ball into the goal from a well worked move.
The second half brought a considerable amount of pressure from Chapeltown as Brigg faded, eventually their centre forward was able to create space on the right hand side of the 'D' allowing a fierce shot into the bottom corner.
Although Brigg 2nds tried to rally, they were once more plagued by an inability to convert chances into goals and Chapeltown emerged victorious.
Special mention should go out to the teas provided back at Chapeltown's clubhouse, pie & peas also a winner.