Lads Step Up

Following the Macron Cup Victory Bacup Borough FC Manager Brent Peters had this to say 

“ We spoke to the boys prior to the game basically saying the fact we are up against strong Premier League opposition this would give us some indication of where we are and how far we have come as a group, the pleasing aspect was everything was all positive, as a group we worked hard for each other, individually we did not carry any single player, each and every one individual worked extremely hard and were competitive,  in terms of possession and creativity we always looked a real threat at the top end of the pitch, in terms of defending as a complete unit we were very good, well marshalled by the impressive Laquan Esdaille, and when the back line did get breached our Goal keeper Peter Monteith when called upon did produce some unbelievable saves, Peters added “ you only have to look at their Captain and main striker Carl Grimshaw’s goals record pro ratio of games, it is an unbelievable and creditable amount of goals, so to this end it was always going to be some battle between Carl and my captain Laquan, but like I said to the boys in the changing rooms before the game, that I backed our Captain to come out on top, this he most certainly did and with this deserved getting their man of the match accolade, Peters said “ has a game it was a good game and to be honest nothing to separate the two sides, it really could have gone either way, but to take the lead on 50 minutes and concede on 90+6 minutes was disappointing to us all, it gives more credibility when against a strong side you don’t concede, so to have finished the game nil would have been special for all. Peters then finished by saying “ a massive credit to all the boys that volunteered to step up to take a penalty and a massive well done to Karl Brookes, Ryan Siddle and Laquan Esdaille on converting their spot kicks, but my final mention must be to our keeper Peter Monteith for his performance in the 90+6minutes and then followed by three top penalty saves, all’s well that ends well and it did end well, the boys deserve surmounting credit “




Bacup Borough over come strong Premier Division opposition to progress in the League Macron Challenge Cup following a last minute injury time equaliser from the opposition which took the tie to penalties.

Charnock Richard were the visitors from one League above Bacup but it was the young guns of Brent Peters side that created the best opportunities in the opening quarter of this game, in the opening eight minutes Bacup won a free kick following a foul on Kyle Siddle, twenty yards out slightly to the left Matthew Bryan got onto the ball from which his shaped effort struck the stantion before going out for a goal kick, minutes later another break forward from Borough saw Matthew Bryan whip a teasing cross which found its way to the far post which Ryan Siddle made a strong attempt to get onto the end of, the slightest of touches and it would have been a goal, another good piece of link up play between Bryan and Ryan Siddle when the Charnock Richard defender got a vital touch to prevent Bacup opening the scoring, Another opportunity did come the home sides way when Joel Gnabouyou got onto the ball between the lines before getting his low shot off from which the Charnock Richard keeper did get down to his right to save, despite all of these efforts and plenty of possession the home side had still not managed to take the lead, these chances missed almost come back to haunt them when Charnock Richard at the opposite end did force a corner from which Bacup keeper Peter Monteith was forced into a save, tipping the ball over, from the resulting corner Peter Monteith was brought into the action again with another excellent save, taking the game into the half time break all square.

Start of the second half for the first time in the game Charnock Richards leading goal scorer and captain Carl Grimshaw had got away from his marker sending a first time effort goal bound but thankfully for Borough the ball bounced back off the upright,  from this it was Bacup that unluckily missed a stunning effort, Joel Gnabouyou found Matthew Bryan who himself produced a first time stunning effort which rattled the bar, following this Gnabouyou got his shot off which their keeper saved for a Bacup corner, it was from this corner that the ball dropped at the far post area where the Bacup Borough Captain Laquan Esdaille was in the right place to fire his shot through a body of players into the net.

Bacup had the opportunity to double their lead had the referee have given what looked like a stone wall penalty when Joel Gnabouyou jinked passed several players before being taken out in the penalty box, however the referee was not having it and the score remained 1-0, the final fifteen minutes saw the visitors throw everything at Bacup in order to get their equaliser, Bacup Borough’s  goal keeper Peter Monteith was brought into action with a stunning reaction save tipping the ball over for a corner which was defended, The official indicated there was five minutes of added time to play, with constant pressure coming from the Premier Division side it was a relief when Bacup themselves could break forward but this time direct into the corner in order to wind the clock further down, it looked like Bacup had weathered their storm in order to see the game through, this until substitute Alex Luby attempted to play the ball off a defenders leg in order to keep possession, but this went sadly wrong has the ball was crossed into an area with only Charnock Richard players, from this they counter attacked the home side, with the ball now deep into the Bacup half, the ball was crossed from the Bacup left from which was met with a player hanging out at the far post area to finish taking the game straight to penalties.

In the penalty shoot out, it was Charnock Richard that won the choice of the first kick which Grimshaw stepped up and smashed the ball into the net, this was their one and only successful penalty has Bacup keeper saved their remaining three penalties whilst his team mates Kyle Brooks, Laquan Esdaille, Ryan Siddle scored putting Bacup Borough through to an away tie with Abbey Hey.


Manager Brent Peters Post match  Comments following Cleator Moor when he had this to say “   The words of the song “ the long and winding road were true in every aspect of this game, first of all I could not include my leading goal scorer Matthew Bryan due to the distance we had to travel and times involved due to his business, and then believe me it is one heck of a track for a North West Counties League fixture, then given not very long from the kick off we found ourselves two goals to the bad, then sincerely my thoughts at this point was just that “ THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD,  however one thing I am fast learning with this young and honest group of players, they never no when they are beaten and for sure they never give up, Peters added” of course we all were disappointed to be two goals down but once again when conceding goals we have proved yet again the opposition have not had to work hard for those two first half goals, both coming from basically our deficiencies, Peters said “ their first goal Oliver had time to compose himself before finding a pass, the fact he lashed at the ball un controllably which from this then became a farce has it strikes their player, bounces back and out of all of the players in the box it finds a Celtic player, their second goal was from a long goal keeper kick up the pitch from which I must place some of the blame on our keeper “ Peters added “ as I told him at the break, he can see everything, he could see two defenders running back towards his goal with the ball ahead of Ross, if Peter gives a clear firm instruction there at this point that ball is either helped on back to him with pace, that or told to turn away and put out for a throw, whilst Peters said he gave an instruction, I have to beg to differ because the defender made the wrong decision and was caught out by his decision making,  Peters added “ we are two down and our keeper has not had a save of any consequence to make, in fact he only had one in the second half with a terrific tip over the bar with the scores level, Peters went on “ has a group of players we were second best all over the pitch, our defence was constantly put under pressure because the midfield failed miserably, to this end I compliment the defence has in that first forty five it could have been worst but as a defensive unit we looked solid with yet another top captains display in his organisation from Laquan Esdaille, upfront I felt sorry for Kyle Siddle who never stopped running, constantly proving a threat for our opponents but his strike partner offered nothing has he was too far away from him, something amongst other things were addressed at half time,  Peters then complimented his side for the way they responded to some harsh words at the break from the Manager, Coach and Captain when he had this to say” the second half was chalk and cheese to the first half, I introduced Alex Mellor at the break and he was bright and intelligent when he came on, it was everything about being bright and intelligent that got us our first goal back, then very quickly into the half “ I had a good discussion with my Coach Dave Felgate over the options we had on the bench, all good but all different kinds of players, it was actually Dave that suggest introducing Ryan Siddal for his first start of the season, this I went along with which proved to be a masterstroke has he got in high up the pitch for our well deserved equaliser, Peters added “ then from the highs, soon became a real low, with literally minutes left on the clock and a draw looking the best outcome, I was extremely disappointed with the referee for getting what I class conned, Alex Mellor just went shoulder to shoulder with the player who hit the ground like he had been shot, a good strong official would have said get up and let play go on, it never saw a free kick, this decision put us under unnecessary pressure, granted we did defend the ball and granted it was a bad decision from my young defender not to put his foot through the ball to relieve the pressure, however, never the less, if that free kick is not awarded, that ball would have been in their eighteen yard box and not our eighteen yard box, whilst that was a bad refereeing decision, the next decision from our defender to try to carry the ball out of defence and look to play, was given the time, given the pressure at that time we were under proved to be a really bad decision, the dwelling on the ball invited him to be closed which happened, he lost the ball which then gave Celtic the advantage from which they gladly accepted, leaving us to travel back down that long and winding road home with nothing other than if we just had made those right decisions, something that they must quickly learn from, football is a great game but sadly it can be a cruel one which we did find out “



Bacup Borough made their longest trip up into the heart of the Cumbrian hill side, despite two goals by the Siddal brothers which seemed certain that this would bring the valley side back a well earned point, however nothing is certain in football, with literally one minute left on the clock, a failed clearance by the young Bacup defender Mallinson resulted in him being  dispossessed, despite the crowded area their striker found the slightest of a gap to get his shot off which was cruelly deflected away from keeper Peter Monteith with the ball now found itself trickling over the goal line at the far post area, this was a bitter blow for the young Bacup team to whom had gallantly put in an excellent second half performance to get back on level terms after finding themselves two goals down at the break.

The first forty five minutes was probably the worst collective performance the team had produced this season, for long periods not getting near to the opposition in order to get any such foothold into the game,  Cleator Moor got themselves an early goal which did come as a stroke of luck, when Bacup Borough’s defender Oliver Crew cleared the ball only to see his attempted clearance strike the man in front of him before rebounding back behind him finding the feet of a Cleator Moor player who could not believe his luck, he struck the ball first time into goal, if this was a bad goal to concede, their second goal was even worse, a long kick from their keeper up the pitch got the Bacup back line facing their own goal, Borough’s Ross Mallinson seemed to be in control of the situation but somehow he allowed the advancing striker to gain the advantage before finishing well to send his side into a two goal lead, Bacup surprisingly offered nothing in terms of creativity in the first forty five minutes, half time could not come quick enough.

At the break for the second game running Manager Brent Peters made a change, this time he took off Josh Walne and introduced Alex Mellor to whom played a major part in Bacup Borough’s second half revival, this was helped by a good early goal which started   with Joel Gnabouyou who did well creating space, beating his man before unselfishly finding his strike partner Kyle Siddle who made no mistake from close range, following this goal Bacup started to crank up the pressure and become the Bacup as an attacking force we have been accustomed to this season, Gnabouyou himself had a great effort just missing to make it all square, following this attack Bacup Manager Brent Peters and his Coach Dave Felgate following deliberations between themselves did end with Peters making another positive substitute, this time defender Bradley Hancock was replaced for the more forward thinking player in Ryan Siddal, again another substitute that more than played his part on introduction.

Kyle Siddle should without doubt given his side their equaliser following good work from Gnabouyou turning their centre backs before putting the ball on a plate for his strike partner who opted to place rather than shoot, agonisingly Siddals placed effort was inches wide of the post,  following this attack Joel Gnabouyou did find himself on the opposite side of the pitch where he was blatantly fouled, the referee awarded Bacup a free kick from which the bright substitute Alex Mellor did get onto the ball quickly taking a quick free kick before curling a lovely weighted left foot ball into the area where substitute Ryan Siddle had ghosted in off the left to put his side on level terms, given Bacup Borough’s second half display this goal was no more than they deserved.

The final minutes Bacup constantly pushing for the winner but equally Celtic would attempt to hit Borough on the counter attack, with only a matter of minutes remaining Alex Mellor running side by side with his marker to whom was on the ball, Mellor just lent shoulder to shoulder on the player who on contact fell to the ground, something that incensed the Bacup bench even more so when the official fell into the trap and awarded Celtic a dubious free kick, if this was dubious, following was even more dubious when Bacup defended the free kick but then played a ball off their player for a Bacup Borough throw in, but once again the Referee fell into the trap and awarded the throw to Celtic, despite the commotion and the official having to speak to the Bacup Borough bench, Bacup again defended this with the ball at the feet of defender Ross Mallinson, the game was up, the ball should have just gone long but looking for a pass as he carried the ball out of defence, the unthinkable did happen, the young defender lost the ball, the player in question took the ball and threaded it through the only place he could which was the cruelly deflected away from the unsighted keeper into the area of the post where the ball trickled over the line much to the agony of the Borough players but to the sheer delight of the Celtic players, this was certainly a cruel way to end the game, given a spirited excellent second half revival from the young valley side.

Players Step Up In The Second Half

Following the game Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters had this to say

“  We are all delighted to have come away with all three points, the points were fully deserved based up on opportunities we did have, it would have been a total injustice to have left St Helens with only one point for our efforts, I was disappointed by the fact St Helens had opened the scoring and the manner with which this happened, whilst I realise we are a very young side, with this very much work in progress, but there is only so many times you can tell a player to check their shoulder, to organise players around them in order to restrict any opportunities for the opposition, despite this scenario constantly being coached from the technical area, our left side Midfield player failed to heed the warnings and low and behold we got punished for it, Peters added “ it was a shame has we had started the game well but credit to all of the boys for the manner in which we did not let this set us back from which they all responded in a positive manner, Peters commented “ It was an hard decision for me to make bringing off young Alex Mellor at half time, the boy is a good honest player who gives everything for the cause, the fact I had Michael Gervin on the bench to whom is not quite upto speed on his match fitness but what Michael gives you is not only the vision to quickly see a run for a pass, but he has great technique, being a goal down it was a no brainer he had to be introduced, I must admit, I could easily have brought anyone of another two players off and moved Alex into their position, something that did cross my mind, in stead the other two survived with a warning and flea in their ear at the break, to be honest it did serve a purpose has they stepped their game’s up in the second half,  Peters added “ the later change I made with the introduction of Joel Gnabouyou was always on the cards as young Kyle Siddal in every game he has been selected has put in terrific work rate both in and out of possession, I was delighted for Joel who once again executed our all important winning goal, but my entire delight must be by the fact of how well, particular in the second half is how the team in its entirety did contribute, I thought again the defensive unit of Ross Mallinson, Oliver Crew, Bradley Hancock, Peter Monteith and well marshalled with a quality captains display by Laquan Esdaile were different class, the players to whom disappointed me in midfield in the first half did step their games up in the second half, Peters finished by saying “ I am delighted with the contribution of the front lads of Matthew Bryan, Kyle Siddle, and Joel Gnabouyou, not just scoring which helps but their overhaul contribution for the team, in addition we have equally plenty of good lads that in this game had to settle for the bench, Peters added” there is a long way to go, we are going to need each and every one of them, it is important no one gets despondent they are not getting a start at the minute, but as we know, it is very much a squad game and currently we have a young squad that is very much talented “  

Borough prevent the saints from marching on.



Bacup Borough came from being a goal down to taking all three points at the Acroframe Stadium in what was an entertaining game on what was a dismal wet afternoon, there was never any doubt that the game would not go ahead due to the artificial surface which did not just suit the home side but also the visitors as it did compliment their football style.

The visitors were soon in the ascendancy and could have found themselves ahead within the opening five minutes had Matthew Bryan have pulled the ball back to Kyle Siddal who would have had a simple tap in, but like all strikers hungry for goals he tried to execute a finish from a difficult angle off the byeline.

For the first quarter Bacup were very much on the front foot taking the game to the home side, on twelve minutes Bacup won a corner from this Matthew Bryan was the first to the ball with a goal bound header which struck the St Helens post,  in the opening period St Helens best effort came from a long range shot which the Bacup stopper Peter Monteith had it very much well covered, however on sixteen minutes St Helens opened the scoring when they worked the ball down their right from which their full back very much unopposed got his shot off which beat Peter Monteith at his near post, this goal did come following a good bright start from Bacup, it was somewhat against the run of play, however it is surprising what a goal can do has from this moment St Helens did reverse the momentum, with the home side now in the ascendancy with Bacup losing the grip they had on the game, despite this opportunities seemed to come Bacup’s way when young Alex Mellor with a stunning shot did bring the best out of the St Helens keeper, there were other opportunities for the visitors to get back level when Matthew Bryan on three occasions did put quality balls across the box with no one making the ground in order to compliment the quality of these balls into executing a finish, with this the half was brought to an end with Bacup frustratingly on the wrong side of the score despite plenty of opportunities to have not been.

This brought about a change for the start of the second half with the introduction of play maker Michael Gervin at the expense of young Alex Mellor, there was a transformation for Borough in the second half, producing wave after wave of good attacking moves, on fifty five minutes, the Bacup Manager Brent Peters made his second change bringing on his eighteen year old French striker Joel Gnabouyou for Kyle Siddle, both substitutions played a prominent part in Bacup’s remaining thirty five minutes but it was Matthew Bryan getting his side back on level terms when he picked the ball up on the left hand side before cutting in field and striking a right footed effort which beat the St Helens goal keeper at his far post, Bryan had a great opportunity following his equaliser to shoot his side in front when he burst clean through, the St Helens stopper raced off his line Bryan placed the ball past the keeper but the post did come to the saints rescue, then it was Gnabouyou who did well with great footballing technique before placing the ball into the danger area but no one there to tap the ball into the empty net, another excellent opportunity did present itself for Matty Bryan who once again had got away from their last defenders before screwing his effort wide, from this the St Helens stopper was brought into the action when Michael Gervin found Matthew Bryan who’s shot brought the best out of the St Helens stopper, however there was nothing he could do when Substitute Gnabouyou latched onto the ball before getting a powerful shot off that the keeper could only push back into Gnabouyou’s path who made absolutely no mistake giving Bacup all three points.


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Happy With The Overhaul Performance

The Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Had This To Say 

“   AFC Liverpool came to us in fine scoring form, collectively they are a very good team, this was another tough test for our young lads, however I am pleased to say the boys responded well, we created chances, maybe had certain individuals when attacking, have read the situations better and timed their runs better they then would have capitalised on the balls delivered from Matthew Bryan and with it got themselves on the score sheet, on two occasions it really was fine margins, Kyle Brooks to say he had been in bed sick all week did put in a good honest shift for the three quarters of the game he was on the field,  Peters added “ defensive as a unit of Ross Mallinson, Oliver Crew, Bradley Hancock and well marshalled by their captain Laquan Esdaille, they all looked solid as a complete unit which was really pleasing  against a side that has been scoring lots of goals and on the odd occasion the defence was breached they had Peter Monteith to rely upon who himself complimented the performance of his defensive unit,  Peters went on” I was happy with the overhaul performance of everyone, I also take lots of positives by the fact we have solved our breaches of conceding goals, keeping a clean sheet against a very good side, still creating chances is extremely encouraging “



The goals might have been elusive in this game but it had everything but goals, in the end whilst either side could have clinched all three points I think a true reflection on the game that a share of the points was the right outcome.

Bacup Started well probably shading the possession stakes in the first half, the home side carved out a good early opportunity  when Josh Walne won his battle before getting the ball wide into the path of Matthew Bryan who then produced a wonderful cross that any touch from the advancing Kyle Siddle would have resulted in a goal, the young striker was inches off connecting, Bacup Borough’s next real opportunity came as a result of a freekick which Josh Walne whipped into the Liverpool area from which Laquan Esdaille just failed to connect with an header, another great ball in from Mathew Bryan, this time the advancing Alex Mellor was inches off guiding the ball into the net.

There were very few Liverpool opportunities in the first half such was the solidarity of the Bacup defence, but when they did get beyond the Bacup rear guard Bacup’s keeper Peter Monteith was in fine form with a terrific save.

The second half was a more even affair in terms of possession has AFC Liverpool did give Bacup as much as Bacup did give to them, both sides were well and truly on top of their game in their respective defensive area’s, however late into the second half Peter Monteith pulled off a stunning double save off to keep his side in the game, whilst at the opposite end of the pitch Matthew Bryan from a deep position did break the Liverpool rear guard, he sprinted forward but surprisingly he took the ball too wide leaving a great opportunity of taking the lead pass him by, following this another excellent Bacup move this time involving Joel Gnabouyou Matthew Bryan and Michael Gervin who’s low shot brought the best out of the Liverpool keeper with him getting down low to avert what looked a certain goal,

The final quarter was frantic at both ends of the pitch, either side could have snatched it, but in the end an entertaining game with no goals did bring a share of the points.