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Match Report: Brigg Town 1 Armthorpe Welfare 1

Welfare finished their Toolstation NCEL First Division away programme with a 1-1 draw away to a Brigg Town side who are fighting for their lives to avoid relegation, photographs and report by Steve Pennock.

Manager Mike Carmody made three changes to the side which drew at Worsbrough Bridge with Adam Stevens, Steve Rollinson and Wayne Brook all returning to the side.

In a first half largely devoid of goalmouth action Welfare started well and took the lead on 16 minutes. Brook’s 20 yard shot came back off the post and when the ball was played back in Darren Mansaram headed down for Luke Williams to fire in his 10th goal of the season from 6 yards.

Welfare were looking the side more likely to score again and went close on 43 minutes when  Brigg ‘keeper Patrick Shaw dropped a high free kick of Josh O’Neill at feet of Rollinson but he was crowded out as he tried to find the net.

Within a minute the home side equalised as they broke down their right and sent over a cross which Jake Crossland converted in from of goal.

The second half was largely devoid of incident until the 68th minute when Chris Gowen played a great ball forward for Williams to run onto with Shaw sprinting out of his goal to clatter Williams 25 yards out. The referee immediately awarded Welfare the free-kick but bizarrely, after  Shaw decided he needed treatment, opted not to show Shaw a card of any colour. Brook took the free-kick which the recovered Shaw pushed over the bar at full stretch.

As the game wore on Brigg started to dictate more and more of the play but without really troubling Stevens in goal whilst Welfare still carved out chances to take the full three points.

Gowen went close on 75 minutes with a low 25 yard drive which flew inches wide of the left hand post after he had received the ball in space on the left and a minute later Mansaram shot wide from 20 yards.

On 84 minutes Josh O’Neill’s free kick into the box was pushed away by Shaw but only as far as substitute Steve Garner on the edge of the box but Garner’s first time hooked shot  narrowly cleared the bar.

With a minute of normal time remaining a well –worked Welfare move led to Mansaram shooting just over from 12 yards whilst seconds later Williams was sent clear inside the box and went down under a challenge from George Merrick but the referee waved away shouts for a penalty.

In the end a draw was a fair result with Welfare starting well but tending to fade as Brigg enjoyed more possession but couldn’t carve out many real opportunities.

Welfare : Stevens, Lumbley, Gowen (Klimczak 82 mins), O’Neill, Bucknall, Roberts, Rollinson, Brook (Steve Garner 72 mins), Mansaram, Williams, Dodd (Simpkins 59 mins). Unused subs. Alan Jackson, Ryan Bedford.


Referee : Mr. R. Lowe


Attendance : 121


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