Halifax unable to banish drop fears against useful visitors

Halifax 1

Brigg 2

HALIFAX thought they deserved at least a point in their Yorkshire Premier survival quest after a reasonable performance against a good Brigg team.

They dominated the first half and created a few chances. Josh Sutcliffe, in only his second game at this level, impressed with the way he held up the ball as the target man up front. He showed his ability to beat players and create space.

Sean Colclough and Matthew Graham were causing problems for Brigg by driving into the D and it was from a Graham dribble that Halifax took the lead. The ball rebounded from a desperate defence to Jake Bamforth, who had a simple tap in.

The Halifax defence was working well and teenagers Henry Shelton, Oliver James, Michael Jones and Sam Spencer thwarted all the Brigg attacks until just before half time when a momentary lapse allowed Brigg to score from close range.

The second half was even with few clear chances, Matthew Graham went close with a thunderous reverse stick shot and Luke Greenwood set up some good attacking moves but fourth-placed Brigg scored the winner with 10 minutes left as Halifax pushed too far forward.

Halifax stay fourth from bottom with two to go down.

Other results - Yorkshire Three: City of York IV 2 Halifax II 1. Yorkshire Seven North: Halifax V 3 Acomb II 0.