Slazenger Mens 3’s first league fixture of the season was a sobering experience away against a skilful and energetic Brigg team. The Horbury team had shown good form during pre-season and had strong expectations for a decent performance.
However, it was the home side who started the brightest and were posing serious problems for the away team. Slazengers looked off the pace and a little unsure of what they were doing. But for good defensive work from Mark Kitchen and Tony Walker, they could have gone behind on several occasions.
Slowly, Slazengers began to grow into the game and started to create some attacking opportunities for themselves, without really committing to the movement in serious numbers. This gave everyone some renewed confidence and the Horbury side began playing much more fluidly just before half-time.
The away team got off to a great start to the second half when a goalmouth melee resulted in a scrambled goal for Slazengers.
Unfortunately, the Brigg drew level soon after and quickly followed this with another goal after a couple of generous umpiring decisions.
Slazengers never gave up, but were playing more with their hearts than their heads. Lots of hustle and bustle, but they lacked a bit of quality in their team play and whilst pushing up the pitch in search of an equaliser, they left the keeper Giles Field, exposed to a counter attack in which he conceded a penalty flick which was duly converted.
Final score was 3-1 to the opposition.