Newcastle Town 3-1 Brigg Town – Match Report

Newcastle Town

Newcastle Town bounced back from two defeats with a convincing victory at bottom side Brigg Town on Saturday afternoon.

Two goals in the first half from Jordan Cole and Tom France, and another from Cole in the second period, were more than enough to claim maximum points.

Brigg, who had appointed caretaker managers in the week, began brightly but were soon penned in their own half as Castle started to dominate proceedings.

It was James Askey who was first to go close to opening the scoring as he saw his left footed effort fly past the post, after the defender had cut in from the right.

Chances were coming thick and fast for the visitors as Jordan Cole was inches from scoring after guiding Matt Lowe’s left wing cross just past the far post, before Josh Gordon found the side netting with a diving header.

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But the goal soon came as good work on the right from Tom France allowed Matt Lowe to whip a cross in to Cole who had no problem in side footing the ball past Brigg keeper Jody Barford.

The lead was doubled two minutes later as France was given time and space outside the area to fire in a left footed shot from distance which struck the inside of the post and into the net.

It was nearly three soon after, but Barford was on hand to tip a fizzing effort from Cole over the crossbar and out, before the forward headed over from the resulting corner.

Barford was then the centre of attention moments before half time as he handled outside the area after Josh Gordon had beaten him to the ball with the referee only producing a yellow card despite the keeper denying what looked like a goalscoring opportunity.

From the resulting free-kick, Tim Sanders struck the base of the post and despite the ball finding the net following a goal mouth melee, the referee had already deemed it half time after blowing his whistle during the scramble.

The second half began as the first had started and Sanders went close to adding a third, but was denied by Barford after the midfielder had burst through the hosts’ defence.

Brigg did go close to pulling one back but were denied by a fine one handed save by Adam Alcock who tipped the ball round the post following a volley from Ryan Thompson.

It was three on 55 minutes as good work on the left from Sanders allowed Cole time and space in the area and he made no mistake firing into the far corner making it 22 league goals for the season.

Castle were well on top and in control of proceedings and nearly added a fourth but for some last ditch defending which prevented Gordon who had turned and fired towards goal.

Substitute Cohen Bramall then nearly scored his first Castle goal as his 30-yard free kick looked destined for the net but struck the the post with Barford well beaten.

Barford was again in the thick of it as after picking up a back pass, held onto the ball before throwing it away in disgust at the referee’s decision to award an indirect free kick inside the Brigg area. However despite his actions, the referee decided against producing a second yellow card.

The resulting free-kick from Jordan Cole was blocked on the line by the Brigg defence who then denied Aaron Carter’s follow up with more last ditch defending.

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Castle felt they then should have then had a penalty as Jordan Cole looked to have been clearly tripped inside the box but the referee waved away any appeals for a spot kick.

The visitors continued to create chances as Matt Lowe fired one over the bar before Aidan Haughton saw his shot saved by Barford.

Brigg did pull one back in the dying moments of the game as Nathan Plumtree capitalised on a poor kick by Alcock to roll the ball into the corner.

NEWCASTLE TOWN: Alcock, Askey, Carter, Ashman, Dickin, Sanders (Bramall), Lowe (Haughton), Gurrionero, France, Gordon, Cole.

BRIGG TOWN: Barford, Hewitt, Peers, Bowsley, Martin, Cairns, Collishaw, Whitehead, Jackman, Plumtree, Thompson. Subs: Bowden, Zand, Gray, Goodman.

ATT 101.

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