A hat-trick by Ben Lingard helped Briggensians win 3-2 on their visit to bottom side Crosby Colts in the EC Surfacing Ltd Scunthorpe & District Football League first division yesterday (Saturday, January 19).
The Brigg side remain just one place above Crosby but are level on points with AFC Queensway.
Elsewhere in the top flight, Barnetby United lost 2-0 away to The Butchers Arms.
Division two leaders Barnetby United Reserves won 10-2 when hosting Sherpa (see reports below from Lee Fielden).
Battling Barnetby beaten by Butchers
A depleted Barnetby travelled to Winterton to face The Butchers Arms, looking to bounce back from last weekend's defeat.
Due to a cocktail of reasons, United were down to bare bones and started the game with 10 men with an 11th due any time.
He finally made it onto the pitch after 30 minutes - just after the 10 men had gone 1-0 down.
The Butchers Arms had the majority of the game but the back line of Gowing, Scott, Green and Fielden, with Dobbs behind them, battled manfully with the powerful Arms forwards.
A Butchers goal on 50 minutes could have opened the floodgates, but Hall and Bradley in the centre of midfield worked feverishly with Hartley and Leech giving admirable support.
The Butchers forced the pace for the majority of the second half but through stout defending and the odd slice of luck the score remained 2-0.
Ben Hunt ran his heart out up front, supported by Greg Brackenbury, but sadly the half chances created couldn’t provide the goal that would have thrown the Railwaymen a lifeline.
One point of note to put the situation into context was that Barnetby only had two substitutes whose combined age came to 112, but Paul Cottam and Carl Massingham were ready to come on should the need arise.
N.F. ADDS: No action pictures from Barnetby boss Lee Fielden this week as he had to play. We've suggested that next time this happens he should consider employing a selfie stick!
Goodman hits seven in 10-2 win
Josh Goodman came within one goal of equalling Eddie Reeve’s record of eight individual goals as he hit seven in Barnetby Reserves' 10-2 win against Sherpa.
He joins an elite group, including Kyle Sylvester who hit seven earlier this season, and Geoff Sells who hit seven in the second division of the Grimsby League in 1959-60.
Liam Dawson, Dawid Kotwica and Joe Wilkinson added the other goals as Marcus Davies’s men kept their unbeaten season going.