After their heavy defeat away at Sutton Coldfield on Easter Saturday, Brigg were looking to bounce back in their home fixture against Goole AFC. They were unlucky not to get any points from the game, which was decided in added time by a hotly disputed goal awarded to the visitors after the match officials failed to spot a clear handling offence, which initiated the counter attack leading to it.
The home team recalled Chas Fisher, Luke
Mascall and Danny Buttle
with Phil Jackman
also on the substitutes' bench. After a quiet opening to the game, Brigg created the first clear opening when Sam Mulready forced goalkeeper Rob White into a diving save, turning the ball past the post from a left wing cross. After seventeen minutes of play, Goole took the lead when hesitancy in the home defence allowed the lively MARK BAGGALEY the opportunity to run on to a ball played down the middle of the pitch to find the back of the net from fifteen yards out. Darren Mansaram was on the end of a move down the right wing to get a decent shot on target but Rob White made another good diving save whilst at the other end, Tom Woodhead did the same to save Simon Harrison's free kick from outside the area. Mark Baggaley continued to look a major threat for the visitors and went past Lawrence Heward on the right wing before sending a cross along the face of the Brigg goal and out of play at the far side. Then from a left wing cross, Vill Powell chested the ball down for Terry Barwick to strike a shot past the top corner of the goal. Goole were winning more possession as the first half progressed but Scott Hellewell
was penalised for pushing when he met a right wing corner played to the far post. Chris Dickman conceded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area but Terry Barwick's shot was wide of the target. The first half closed with two corner kicks delivered into the Brigg goalmouth after Liam Davis cleared the ball from Mark Baggaley but these were well defended leaving the home team trailing by the single goal at the break.
replaced the injured Darren Mansaram for the second half and Brigg began this brightly, winning a free kick, which was played into the Goole goal area and dropped by 'keeper Rob White before being booted clear. Then seven minutes into the half, Sam Mulready did well to avoid a tackle near to the left touch line and fed the ball down the line for Danny Buttle
to send a searching cross into the goal area which was met by Phil Jackman
with a firm header into the back of the net at the near post. Both teams looked for the opportunity to win the game but the defences were generally in control and neither goalkeeper had much to deal with. As the game moved into added time, Brigg were attacking down the left wing when Goole won possession of the ball and counter-attacked quickly, pushing th ball up the pitch for AARON MARTIN to run into clear space before striking a low shot into the bottom corner of the net. That came virtually with the last kick of the game giving the visitors all three points but adding fuel to a week-end punctuated by some harsh decision making.