Brigg Town 0 Romulus 5
This match was expected to be a close encounter; however, it proved to be anything but that as Brigg Town suffered a crushing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Romulus.
Romulus began brightly and took the lead with barely 3 minutes played. Skipper Liam Francis came forward for a set piece and was in the right place at the right time to break the deadlock.
Brigg did not improve after making a slow start and were 2-0 down in the 21st minute. Rob Zand opted to punch a cross into a crowded penalty area and the ball came to Ashley Jackson who fired into the back of the net.
The referee, Stuart Richardson, gave the visitors a real let off on 28 minutes. Paul Grimes raced clear of the Romulus defence and looked poised to score until he was brought down in the area by Sean Robinson. The whistle was blown and everybody must have been expecting a penalty kick and a straight red card.
Astonishingly, Robinson escaped with only a yellow card and a free kick was awarded from just behind the D! The free kick came to nothing and Brigg had every right to feel aggrieved - Grimes had an obvious goal scoring opportunity and was clearly fouled inside the penalty area.
Paul Ashton and Elliott Broughton both came close from distance before Francis netted his second and Romulus’ third on the stroke of half time. Jackson whipped in a corner from the right and Francis made a good run across goal to head in at the near post.
Brigg kept going after the interval and looked more threatening in the final third. Liam Davis surged forwards from midfield and was unlucky to see his effort flash wide of the left post.
Zand produced the save of the match when Jackson ran onto a ball over the top and found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Zand did brilliantly to get down at his feet and deflect the ball behind for a corner kick.
Unfortunately the resulting corner led to Romulus’ fourth goal. Jackson swung it in from the right and the ball found its way to Tyron Amory on the far side of the pitch. Amory crossed the ball back in to Daniel O’Callaghan who took a touch and blasted in from 7 yards.
Substitute Bruno Holden held the ball up and did well to set up a chance for Davis. Davis went for power and failed to hit the target when well placed though. Soon afterwards Romulus added another goal to make the final score even more embarrassing for Brigg.
Jackson picked out Ibrahim Diaby with a diagonal ball into the danger zone. Amory controlled the ball and cut inside to squeeze a shot into the bottom left corner. This meant the result was 5-0 to Romulus.
If the big decision had gone Brigg’s way in the first half then it could have been a completely different story. Sadly, it wasn’t to be and Brigg had had a very disappointing afternoon.
Brigg can make amends on Saturday 20th April away to Northwich Victoria (3 pm).
Brigg team - Rob Zand, Oliver Fisher, Scott Matthews, Josh Davies, Gregg Archer, Martyn Gee, Paul Ashton, Liam Davis, Ryan Paczkowski, Paul Grimes, Elliot Broughton (Subs used - Bruno Holden, James Playford, Danny Buttle)