Toolstation NCEL Division One - Game 22
23/12/23 - Wombwell Town vs Brigg Town
The Wellers hadn't played since the 28th November coming into a tough fixture against Brigg Town and at times, particularly in the first half, it showed.
Brigg were far more sharper going forward and it took some big saves from Jono Davis to deny the visitors and keep the score level at half time.
They were first denied on 16 minutes as a corner from the dugout side was steered towards the back post and cleared before it reached the line by Jason Paling, with Davis covering behind.
Six minutes later Davis pushed a fierce looking effort from Prince Haywood over the crossbar, before injury struck again.
Wombwell Town's form prior to the postponements had hampered their form and another forced Owen Sykes off the pitch on 26 minutes.
The first chance of the game for the Wellers came on 33 minutes as a Paling cross from the right found Jordan Good who fired over.
A minutes into added time Brigg hit Wombwell on the counter attack and it was down to Davis to deny them again as he deflected the shot wide for a corner.
From the corner Brigg were denied again as another effort was cleared on the goal line and put to safety.
Half Time: WTFC 0, BTFC 0.
Frustrations from Brigg at not being able to find the target obviously got the better of manager Brett Agnew five minutes in to the second half as the veteran number nine failed to win a corner by the flag, which he then threw like a javelin towards the old, abandoned long jump starting point and received a booking.
The Wellers grew into the game and Gareth McDermott, marauding from left back volleyed over before being involved four minutes later as the clock hit the hour mark. McDermott's header from Paling's free-kick was saved by Brigg keeper Lewis Hill for a corner.
There was a shift in mindset following the corner as a clearance was chased down by Anthony Mackie towards the dugout. His sliding tackle made contact with the ball, but his other leg came up too high and struck the Brigg player and the referee showed the winger a straight red for dangerous play.
Brigg decided to go on the offensive like they had in the first half and thought they scored with 15 minutes remaining, only to be denied by the offside flag. The initial effort by Agnew was parried by Davis to the Brigg man in an offside position from the first shot.
Determination then became the key factor in the remainder of the game and it was the Wellers who looked like they had the extra man following the offside goal.
McDermott was involved again with a free-kick on 77 minutes that he floated into the box over the keeper and Joe Egan's header was cleared off the line.
Luke Micklethwaite, on for the stricken Sykes, lead the charge with some key tackles in midfield and could have scored his first of the season with eight minutes to go, but saw his effort go over the crossbar.
A minute into added time it was the defence who created the only goal of the game. Cory Woodward, centre back turned left midfielder, delightfully backheeled the ball to McDermott who rode a hard challenge to break free down the wing.
McDermott carried the ball into the box and turned two men before passing the ball backwards across the box for Paling who had time to take a touch in the area and unwrap his effort into the top corner to gift his club an early Christmas present with his first goal.
It could have been two a minute later as the Brigg keeper went up for a late corner, but a clearance saw Gadhafi Kiwanuka free to run forward only to see his long, long range effort stopped by the one remaining defender.
Wombwell Town - 1
Jason Paling 90+1
Brigg Town - 0
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