A SINGLE goal scored ten minutes into the clash was enough to condemn Hucknall Town to defeat against Brigg Town in Division One South of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League on Saturday.
The Yellows started as the brighter of the two sides and an early chance arrived as a throw from Rob Paling found Julian Topliss in a crowded penalty area but his shot was blocked. Then Danny Hayes headed a left wing cross over Brigg’s cross bar from short range.
When Brigg mounted their first threatening attack, Ollie Fisher slipped the ball out to the left wing but Stuart Preston was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and the free kick was blocked.
The home side then took the lead. Liam Dickens picked up the ball midway into the Hucknall half on the right and made a telling run past three defenders into the penalty area before playing a one-two with Liam Davis and driving into the bottom corner of the net from 12 yards out.
Hucknall almost grabbed an equaliser five minutes later from another long throw by Paling, which resulted in a header striking the foot of the far post before the ball was scrambled clear.
In the aftermath, Brigg began to settle more and played some neat, controlled football, moving the ball well. They should have scored a second goal when the ball was worked through the middle of the pitch for Liam Dickens to get a clear chance in front of goal, but he curled his shot wide.
Then a right-wing corner kick played into the goal area was bound for the back of the net but struck a Brigg player on the goal-line and bounced clear.
Hucknall made a double substitution at half time and Jamie Brown was introduced in place of Karl Slack up front.
He soon showed his pace and pounced on a loose ball before striking a fierce shot at goal which produced a good diving save from Miles Fenty. For Brigg, Alan Lamb went close with a shot from outside the penalty area.