Managers Reaction: Boys Take Points Their Performance Deserved

Following the game, I caught up with the Bacup Manager Brent Peters to whom had this to say “ I am really pleased for the boys, the past seven days they have had three very tough games against good sides with varying different attributes, Peters added “ to face Silsden away followed by Whitchurch Away, then Atherton LR away, lets be fair about this, they don’t come much harder unless you add Litherland Remyca to that list, apart from the first half at Whitchurch we have played well in all of the games, tonight the Boys got the points their performance deserved, Peters went on, “ I have been bringing sides for many seasons now to Crilly Park and never ever is it an easy place to come, far from it, tonight was no exception, Atherton LR worked extremely hard through out the game, in the second half we had to defend the slope with Atherton constantly asking a lot of questions, again credit to my lads, from everyone to a man, they all worked really hard, this was a very good disciplined performance against an Atherton side that themselves were committed and determined and always a threat, Peters went on “ I have for weeks bemoaning the fact that we have been soft centred in the middle of the park, the two lads making their debuts in this game Charles Collinge and Oliver Mclean certainly rectified the soft centred situation well supported by Richard Walker, we now looked like a good, mobile competitive unit in an area In my opinion we have been sadly lacking, Peters went on” they were also aided well by the athleticism of young Ewan Cooper, not only has the boy got good feet, and quick, he is not afraid of putting a foot in if he has to do, this is how he won a good competitive challenge before putting a quality ball through for Matty Bryan to go through onto goal and finishing well making the game safe with a two goal cushion for us, Peters Finished by saying “ I was impressed with what I saw tonight on a difficult pitch against a difficult team, the boys managed the game in its entirety first class and for once got something that their performance deserved “


Match Report: Athereton LR v Bacup Borough

Athereton LR 1-3 Bacup Borough

By Matthew Lawson

A Matty Bryan double inspires Borough as they take all three points.

Off the back of a spirited second half performance at Whitchurch on Saturday, Bacup were on the road once again, this time a little closer to home, with Atherton LR being the hosts for the NWCFL First division match.

During the week Bacup manager Brent Peters signed Charles Collinge and Oliver McLean to bolster his midfield options, the pair started side by side in the middle of midfield for the trip to Atherton.

Borough started brightly, Adrian Bellamy rose highest following a free kick from Charles Collinge, but his header was straight at the Atherton goalkeeper.

In the opening exchanges both sides had chances, Nick Sharples kept the scores level with a great save low to his left after, the Atherton forward found space in the Box.

As the game reached the half hour mark, the touch paper was lit, Nathan Tayo brought down Atherton’s Theo Kidd inside the area and the referee pointed to the spot, Kidd dusted himself off and converted the spot kick to put the hosts 1-0 up.

From the restart Borough went on the attack, great link up play from Bryan and Morrison ended in the latter being pulled to the ground inside the box, giving the referee no option other than to point to the spot for the second time in the game. Before the penalty could be taken there was a lengthy stoppage so that Atherton’s Lewis Welsh could receive treatment. This was no distraction for Matty Bryan as he stepped up and calmly slotted the ball to the keepers left to equalise.

Within minutes of the Bacup equaliser, the comeback was complete after Wayne Morrison added a second for Brent’s men, Richard Walker pressed high and forced the Atherton defender into a crucial mistake, Bryan pounced and used his pace to get beyond the right back before playing the ball into the danger area where the ball was met by Morrison to touch in from close range.

The second half began in similar fashion to the first, an end to end game of football which saw both teams go close, Nick Sharples again making a crucial save for Bacup to keep their 1 goal lead intact before Matty Bryan ran 40 yards and fizzed a low ball towards Morrison at the back post who was inches away from making it 3 but for a superb tackle from the back tracking full back.

With just over 10 minutes left of this entertaining fixture Matty Bryan put the game to bed with his second goal of the game, Ewan Cooper won the ball back on half way before playing a perfectly weighted ball into Bryan who was through one on one with Purdham in the Atherton goal, gave the keeper the eyes and coolly finished low to his left to make it 3-1.

Bacup dug deep to keep the score at 3-1 and get the well deserved and vital 3 points from the short trip to Greater Manchester. A tough place to go but a well earned three points and another performance that Brent Peters and his players can be proud of.

Bacup Team Sharples, Wilmore, Bellamy, Tayo, Hough, Cooper, Collinge, McLean(Collinson), Walker, (Barlow) Morrison (Thompson) Bryan Subs Not Used Rhodes, Stewart.
Saturday February 3rd Sees Bacup make another trip to Greater Manchester where they face Chadderton.

MANAGER REACTION: Second Half display pleases Peters

Manager Brent Peters Comments. There is one big statement in football, team shape does not win or lose you games of football but personal in any shape does, witnessing what I witnessed in the first half in this match, never a truer statement was spoken Peters added ‘ I went with the same structured shape that worked so well at league leaders Silsden, the difference being I had different personal in, Joe Carrol was an absentee due to sickness, given the fact it was an intense tough game against Silsden, given this game with Whitchurch to whom seven days earlier had beaten Silsden away, I opted to freshen it up in midfield, introducing three players that did not take part in the Silsden game, Peters added “ at the time it did seem the most logical thing to do, but what a mistake, unlike the midfield unit against the League leaders, this midfield were so in disciplined within this team shape that it got very much to embarrassing proportions by the way Whitchurch constantly picked us off, Peters added “ it was three at the break, but it really could have been more, it was inevitable at the break, not only did I change the shape but also the personal, Peters added “ with the introduction of Ewan Cooper a talented boy (19) to whom excites me, he is quick, skilful and pacey and very positive, Jordan Wilmore and Marcus Barlow was introduced both of which had done well against Silsden, from this from the depths of despair in the first half we proved to be every bit has good as Whitchurch in the second half, the contest was very much an even contest, we took the game to them, we had five excellent opportunities, on another day they go in, Peters finished by saying “ the second half finished all square from a game that looked like from the start it was going to be a rout, like Silsden, Whitchurch are an excellent strong side, whilst hindsight is a wonderful thing, I really wished I had kept with the same lads that although in a narrow defeat at Silsden did me proud, I thought I was making the right decision by freshening it up, a decision I now come to regret “

MATCH REPORT: Whitchurch Alport vs Bacup Borough

Whitchurch Alport 3-0 Bacup Borough

By Matthew Lawson

A slow start proves pivotal as Borough lose 3-0 against inform Whitchurch.

After a performance to be proud of to league leaders Silsden on Tuesday, Peters men faced another tough away trip this time a trip to North Shropshire where Whitchurch Alport were the hosts, a side looking for their 9th win in a row.

Borough started the game slow and could of seen themselves go 1-0 down after 6 minutes if it wasn’t for a goal line clearance from the returning Elliott Collinson.

A loose back pass from Martin Cosgrave gifted the hosts the lead inside 10 minutes, Whitchurch Skipper Si Everall pounced on the back pass and lashed it past Sharples at his near post.

The hosts got a second shortly before the midway point in the half, a corner floated from the left hand side towards the near post was flicked on before being poked past a Borough man on the line at the back post.

The half hour mark saw Whitchurch add their 3rd of the game, Sean Griff, given far to much time was able to set him self at the edge of the box before striking the shot low past an outstretched Nick Sharples who was unable to stop the shot from distance.

The second half began and Borough manager Brent Peters made changes to shape and personnel for the second half and saw an instant impact from his two subs, Jordan Wilmore and Ewan Cooper. The pair added a different dynamic to the game, the Bacup side in the second half was a different animal to the one In the first. The lads showed grit and determination in their efforts to get back into the game.

The first real Bacup chance of the second half came from the head of skipper Adrian Bellamy, it followed some great wing play from Matty Bryan who beat his man and whipped a cross right footed into the head of Bellamy but the contact wasn’t the best and his headed effort went wide.

Within minutes Bacup were on the attack again, Substitute Wilmore with a well time through ball for Matty Bryan who beat the keeper to the ball but was forced wide by Read in the Alport goal, Bryan did superbly well to lift the ball over the keeper but before he could celebrate, the ball was headed off the line by the back tracking Whitchurch centre half.

As the second half went on Bacup piled on the pressure in search of a way back into the game, Wayne Morrison was played in by Matty Bryan but as Morrison hit the shot the ball took a nasty bobble which resulted in the strike going over the bar for a goal kick.

Going into the last 15 minutes the swirling wind was causing havoc for Read in the Alport goal at Yorkings Park, as firstly a cross come shot from Matty Bryan kept him on his toes as he had to re adjust his footing so he could tip the ball over the bar and from the resulting corner, Bryan used the wind to his advantage and dropped the ball right in the 6 yard Box, as the ball dropped it was scrambled clear by the Whitchurch defence.

In the closing stages of the half Matty Bryan had a golden chance to find the back of the net, a cross came in from the right hand side, Bryan met the ball with his head but the wind took all the power out of the header and in the end it was comfortable for the goalkeeper to preserve his clean sheet.

After being caught cold from the off and going 3-0 down, the second half display from Borough was outstanding, a real team effort.

Although the result wasn’t a favourable one, the side can take many a positive from that second half display and with another away trip on Tuesday night at Atherton Bacup will be looking to leave Greater Manchester with all three points.

Bacup Team Sharples, Cosgrave, Bellamy, Tayo, Howe, Stewart ( Cooper) Khasa ( Wilmore) Collinson ( Barlow) Rhodes, Bryan, Morrison.

Managers Reaction: Lads Efforts Clapped Off By Home Supporters

Manager Brent Peters Comments folowing the silsden defeat.

Peters added” oh so close to taking a point off a very good Silsden side, whilst I was really pleased with our commitment, determination and organisation, it was really heartbreaking to concede with five minutes remaining, Peters added ” Given the fact I had several players missing due to injury, given the fact we were going to be facing a very good strong Silsden Side, it was inevitable I had to change a lot of things not only in personal but team shape, I hoped by the changes I made it would make us more resolute, certainly at the back, credit to all of the lads, this is just how it did pan out, Peters added” to be honest the sending off of Martin Cosgrave for a second yellow card really hurt us more than anything else, Martin is the type of player to very quickly turn defence into attack, to lose him hit us hard, Peters added ” at times we would lose possesion in the midfield area, mainly due to too many touches being taken this resulted in some desperate defending which resulted in free kicks being given away around the box, these situations can be irradicated as they were very much of our own doing, Peters added ” I really did think our defensive unit were excellent, to concede with only five minutes to go was heartbreaking but once the final whistle goes and the Bacup boys all get clapped off by the home supporters, that shows the lads their terrific effort was not all in vain, tonight Bacup Borough won a lot of plaudits and rightly so “

Match Report: Silsden AFC v Bacup Borough

Silsden AFC 2-1 Bacup Borough

A resolute Bacup side are unlucky not to get a point on their travels against table toppers Silsden after the hosts leave it late and snatch all 3 points.

By Matthew Lawson

A Martin Cosgrave red card proves pivotal as a battling Brent Peters side shows improvement and pushes the league leaders till the end.

In a game that saw the league leaders silsden pushed right to the end by a injury hit Brent Peters side is something to build on in the upcoming fixtures for Bacup Borough.
Bacup without Davison Banda, James Constantine, Joshua Walne, Elliot Collinson and Rico Stewart all absent through injury, Peters shuffled his pack and called upon Marcus Barlow, Sam Howe, Martin Cosgrave and Alistair White for the away trip to Silsden.

Borough started the first half full of energy and got stuck in from the off, although the hosts had the better of the opening chances the Bacup back line stood strong. A superb double save from Nick Sharples kept the scores level early on.
Just after the midway point of the first half, Silsden were reduced to 10 men following an off the ball incident leaving Nathan Tayo on the floor after conceding a free kick midway inside his own half.
Following the sending off Bacup played some good football and looked to be causing silsden problems, this until the referee pointed to the spot on the half hour mark after Joe Carrol was judged to of fouled Silsden’s Sultan inside the Box. Sharples managed to get something on the penalty taken by Wademan but the ball ricocheted off him, hit the post and trickled into the net.

Having gone 1-0 down Bacup pressed on and started to take advantage of having an extra man as Martin Cosgrave beat 3 Silsden players down the left hand side, he then picked out Wayne Morrison who unselfishly played the ball back to Jordan Wilmore whose goal bound shot was tipped over by the silsden goalkeeper following a deflection. The resulting corner was fired in from the right hand side by Matthew Bryan, the keepers punch was tame and it fell to Marcus Barlow who lashed the ball past the goalkeeper and the 2 defenders on the line to equalise for Borough and make it 1-1 going into half time.

10 minutes into the second half and Bacup’s Martin Cosgrave was given his marching orders from the referee following a second bookable offence. With Both teams now down to 10 men, the hosts piled on the pressure but were restricted to long range shots and the Bacup rear guard stayed strong as Tayo and Carrol made vital blocks to stop goal bound efforts from the Silsden front men. As the second half drew to a close, ‘keeper Nick Sharples produced an unbelievable save at his near post from point blank range to keep the score at 1-1.

As we entered the last 5 minutes of the game, after a performance worthy of a point Borough hearts were broken as Silsden snatched all 3 points, Sultan found space in the area and tucked a low right footed shot past Sharples.

Bacup heads didn’t drop and they carried on right to the final whistle. They gave their all against the league leaders and were unlucky not to get the point that the performance deserved.

Borough are on the road again on Saturday as they travel to Whitchurch Alport.


Managers reaction: Snow Joke A Bitter Pill To Swallow

Manager Brent Peters had this to say “ You can lose games but deserve more, I guess that really sums our game up, the lads played well, worked hard in difficult conditions, on several occasions we got in behind the Holker defense but from this situation a mixture of making the wrong decision to being really unlucky was the reason we failed to score more than the consolation goal we did get, Peters added “ what does disappoint me is the two goals we conceded were really poor, situations which are never afforded to my lads at the top end of the pitch, anything we get we have to work hard for, the two goals Holker got were really too easy, the way they picked us off for their opening goal is totally unacceptable, Peters added “ but when players do not take on their responsibilities within team shape out of possession, then sadly this is what happens, there becomes an over load, to be fair to Holker they worked the ball well and found the slightest of gaps to finish, the frustrating part on their opening goal is when you see a player the wrong side of the ball spectating, when they should be behind the ball, then it is little wonder Holker picked us off.
Peters finished by saying “ Given the day we all encountered with the travelling, the weather, the fact the match official was at home with his feet up forcing a kick off one hour and twenty minutes later than it should have been, then the travel home, to come away with nothing when certainly deserved something, was a bitter pill to swallow for us all “


Match Report: Holker OB v Bacup Borough

Holker OB -2- Bacup Borough -1
With heavy snow falls dropping around East Lancashire non more than the Rossendale Valley which created Gridlock, this turned out to create huge disruption to Bacup Borough in their two hundred mile around trip, the fact it turned out to be a real struggle for the travelling contingent, never the less masterfully Bacup arrived with one hour to spare prior to the scheduled 3pm kick off, however bizarrely the same could not be said of the Match officials to whom were still sat at home at the 3pm scheduled kick off time, with the match official only having to master the short distance from Lancaster to Barrow In Furness, with no snow to be seen in this area it was beggars belief the reason’s as to why much to the frustration of the players when the game finally kicked off at 4-20pm.
Bacup found themselves kicking down the slope finding themselves behind the Holker Rear Guard on several occasions but failing to find that clinical finish to open up the scoring, Bacup won a corner and when captain Adrian Bellamy got a perfect headed connection that seemed a goal all the way struck the underside of the bar to be cleared, it made one wonder with the disruption to the start of the day, opportunities going begging, it was going to be one of those days to forget.

The Home side took the lead mid way through the half following a throw in down Holkers right, some quick inter-passing between the lines worked well to create an opening which on the face of it was an easy finish, the way it was executed will, I am sure disappoint Manager Brent Peters, the visitors pushed on in search of an equalizer and really they should have been going in at half time all square when Matthew Bryan cutting in from the right seem to do everything right firing his shot across the goal keeper but agonizingly see his effort go inches wide of the post.

The second half got underway with Bacup pushing for that all elusive equalizer, pushing being the formative word has this did have a bearing on the home side doubling their lead, from one of several Bacup attacks Holker broke down their left, young Bacup defender Alistair White seemed to do enough holding their player up, the advancing player managed to get half a yard before pulling the ball back resulting in a player unopposed to slide past the stranded keeper.

Manager Brent Peters changed to a back three pushing Adrian Bellamy up the pitch to support Matthew Bryan and Wayne Morrison, this certainly created pressure onto the Holker rear guard, it was nothing short of what Bacup deserved when Wayne Morrison latched onto a Bacup knock down to pull a goal back for the visitors, constant Bacup pressure followed but that all elusive equalizer that Bacup deserved failed to come, from what started a demanding frustrating day, turned out to be a long demanding day with unfairly nothing to show for their creditable efforts.


Managers View: Match Fitness Is Crucial Key

Manager Brent Peters Commented on both games when he had this to say.

“ It has been tough for us due to one thing then another over the past couple of weeks, with games constantly being postponed we can do all of the training in the world but match fitness is crucial, something through no fault of our own we have not had, Peters added “ this explains why our performance levels drop in or around the 70minute mark, this is not helped in anyway by the state of the pitches we are playing on, given the type of side we are, given the slick passing moves we do play, the bogs we are playing on just brings us down making it a leveller, against Alsager has the pitch deteriorated, so did our performance levels, in addition through lack of game time, minds become tired which inevitably results in switching off, Peters added “ this is not an excuse, it is fact, I said to my players after the Alsager game when we started and the pitch was good we were fantastic and worthy of our lead, it was inevitable the pitch would go but the honesty of my boys they did still try to play but the ball does not run true, the ball sticks, this means our slick players are not able to get away, players take extra touches, it becomes a real struggle to get into the forward third of the pitch, this in contrast to Alsager, they went back to front with one pass, they are now high up the pitch winning throwing’s, corners, free kicks, when the ball drops in the box, they are on it, not pretty but they played to the conditions, this is something which I did explain to my boys, it does not matter if it is not pretty, the name of the game is winning, if this means changing our approach whilst pitches are in the condition they are in, then this we must do, after all what is it about ? looking pretty but not effective and losing, this or playing ugly and winning, Peters went on “ I am indebted to my counterpart Steve Mainwaring at Rossendale FC and Jonathan Heap who is not a Goal Keeper but given the fact I was faced with a crisis, my only option was my 16 year old U18 keeper Adam Stenton, I am sure young Adam would have stepped into the breach and I am sure having seen the boy that he would not have let us down, however as a Manager I have a duty of care and must respect that at sixteen, playing against men, the physicality of this around the box, then had I have played the boy and we had have started to rain goals, this could have had a long term detrimental effect upon the boys confidence something I was not prepared to do to a player currently doing well in his development, by putting Jonathan Heap in goal, he has the stature, he is an adult and he has the physicality, he did concede five goals but at no point was Jonathan to blame, he was let down by certain players in front of him that seeming like they were literally sunk in mud and rabbits in the headlights “