Ambers beaten at Brigg
The Ambers suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat at relegation threatened Brigg Town ....
The race to the league title took a turn in Tadcaster’s favour as The Ambers suffered a surprise defeat at Brigg. The backlog of games finally took its toll as Handsworth were clearly out of sorts against a team who needed to win to stave off relegation, and who in truth, outfought and outplayed The Ambers in all departments.
The first fifteen minutes belonged to The Ambers with Ash Burbeary in particular looking dangerous and he had a couple of efforts off target before an Alex Rippon header from a Burbeary corner was scrambled off the line. But that was as good as it got as the remainder of the half was firmly in the grip of the home side, with Hellewell dominant at the back and the front pairing of Anderson and Broughton causing all kinds of problems to the Handsworth backline.
David Ratcliffe was certainly seeing more action than he would have liked and picked up a knock as he cleared from a short back pass, and it seemed that the half would be goal less until Anderson broke down the left in added on time, and was brought down by Will Eades. With the crowd calling for a red card, the referee, mindful that two covering defenders were approaching, opted for yellow but from the resultant free kick, Anderson rose unchallenged to head home.
The first twenty minutes of the second half saw The Ambers pick up the pace and pepper the home goal, but some valiant defending from The Zebras kept their lead intact. The best moment came when a sizzling Steve Warne volley was tipped over by Barford, and the visitors were indebted to Ratcliffe when Grimes got clear one on one but the keeper saved well.
With The Ambers going for broke, it was always giving Brigg the opportunity to break, and with both Eades and Griffiths struggling with knocks, the second goal was always a distinct possibility. Simon Harrison saved it with a last ditch tackle on Broughton and then Ratcliffe picked up a yellow card for a foul on the edge of the box which could quite easily have been red. Anderson then raced clear and slotted home his second to seal the points for Brigg, albeit there were strong shouts for offside. Two minutes later, the day went from bad to worse as Kieran Wells let his frustration get the better of him and he picked up a red card after an off the ball incident.
The Ambers must now pick themselves up ahead of Wednesday nights must win clash against Pontefract, another team fighting for their lives at the bottom end of the table, but realistically, the tide is now in Tadcaster’s favour. Whatever happens, it has been a great effort this season from Mick, his staff and most of all, the players.