REPORT: Dronfield win as Bebbington bags brace at Brigg

Dronfield Town made it two in two as they claimed another vital win against a side around them in the table. A Sam Bebbington brace saw Town to a 2-1 away win at Brigg Town in blustery conditions. The win takes them up to 13th in the Northern Counties East League Division One table ahead of a midweek visit to the side immediately above them.

Town kicked into a stiff breeze in the first half but they set about their task with gusto. It took just ten minutes as Jamie Willis caused havoc in the Brigg box, leaving the referee immediately pointing to the spot. Unfortunately, Connor Chappell’s penalty kick hit the bar and sailed over and out of play.

Dronfield did get their just reward for an enterprising start on the half hour mark however. Brigg stopper Patrick Shaw rashly raced out of his goal as the ball approached. The returning Matty Ord was on hand to dink the ball over Shaw as far as Bebbington, who finished into the empty net from close range.

Brigg had the better of the final ten minutes of the half. Lewis Naylor’s goal kick on 34 minutes sailed straight back in the wind as far as Cameron Hill, whose 20-yard effort brought a fine save out of the Dronfield keeper.

Smithson and Hill had headed efforts just wide before the interval but Chris Milington’s men could be satisfied with a solid first 45 minutes.

Brigg carried their momentum over into the start of the second half. They got back on level terms in the 59th minute with a moment of individual skill. Stephen McCarron’s neat turn and equally neat finish left Naylor with no chance and teed up an intriguing final half hour.

It took a further eight minutes before defender-cum-striker Bebbington grabbed his second of the game and fourth in two games. Jamie Willis’ shot was only parried by Shaw as far as Bebbington, who again had no difficulty finding the empty net.

Brigg continued to press for the final twenty minutes of the game but more often than not they were met by a stubborn Dronfield rearguard.

Town even had the opportunity to put the game beyond reach. On 85 minutes, Bebbington raced down the left hand side and his ball across just evaded Wood’s outstretched foot as he slid in.

So six points from the last two games against their near rivals in the table and the quest to climb the table continues on Wednesday as Dronfield make the short journey to Rotherham’s Parkgate FC, who sit just two points in front of Town in 12th position.

Brigg Town: Shaw, Dolling, Short, Smithson, Longbone, McCarron, Pembleton, Reed, Moody, Hill, Thompson.

Dronfield Town: Naylor, Wright, Stewart, Rawson, Mintoft, Pugh, Chappell, Willis, Wood, Bebbington, Ord.

Attendance: 147

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