REPORT: Dronfield relieved to take point from Brigg encounter

Dronfield Town were relieved to claim a point after surviving a second half onslaught from visitors Brigg Town.

In an open and entertaining first half, it was Brigg’s Charlie Dolling who forced Lewis Naylor to tip over from distance in the opening stages.

However, it was Dronfield who took the lead in the seventh minute. A long ball out of defence saw Mark Fereday race through and lob the ball over the advancing Shaw to give Town the advantage.

Dronfield looked to confirm their dominance on twelve minutes when Ord’s jinking run down the right saw his shot hit the post with the ball rebounding to Fereday, whose shot into the ground saw the ball bounce up and hit the crossbar.

However, Brigg were more than playing their part in an end-to-end affair and they got back on terms in the 16th minute. Thompson’s ball in from the right hand side evaded all the Dronfield defenders and allowed Tom Wilson to tap home from close range.

Both sides had further chances but the half ended at 1-1.

Brigg custodian Patrick Shaw sustained an elbow injury in the first half and so was substituted for Declan Jordan.

A neat interchange of passes between Fereday and Ord saw Ord’s shot saved at close range by the newly-introduced Jordan on 50 minutes.

This signalled an intense spell of pressure from the North Lincolnshire visitors.

Osborne’s stabbed shot was turned away by Naylor on the hour mark and further efforts from Reed, Osborne and substitute Gowing saw Brigg in the ascendancy.

Thompson’s lightning fast cross from the left in the 86th minute saw Reed place a glancing header past Naylor in the Dronfield goal, only to see the effort ruled out for offside by the assistant referee.

It was Dronfield therefore who were happier to hang on for a hard fought point, achieved by assistant manager Nick Siddons in the absence of regular boss Chris Millington.

Dronfield welcome Nostell MW to the HE Barnes Stadium next Saturday in the second of a three game run at their Stonelow home.

Dronfield Town: Naylor, Bebbington, Wright, Rawson, Mintoft, Hill, Chappell, Pugh, Fereday, Mawbey, Ord.

Brigg Town: Shaw, Dolling, Longbone, Smithson, Tierney, Short, McCarron, Reed, Wilson, Osborne, Thompson.

Attendance: 71

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