Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Had This To Say. “ The Conditions were Horrendous for both sides has the pitch was a complete wreck disintegrating that badly that players were ankle deep, to lose the game was really a cruel blow for several reasons, the first and obvious reason was the amount of sheer hard work the boys put in on a pitch that looked like an heard of cattle had been present, possession stakes we won hands down, however we must turn that possession into goals, we had chances to do mainly coming from the amount of free kicks we were winning around the edge of the box, Peters added “ despite the fact we have several players that would normal have the quality to hurt teams from this position, on the day everyone of my players to whom had the responsibility of delivering quality did fail, Peters added “ we was in good area’s of the pitch, ideal to hurt teams but their thought process and quality did elude everyone of them which was a total let down, Peters went on to say “ This defeat came down to the finest of margins, also I think it is fair to say lady luck deserted us, their opening goal had luck when my defender connected to a fizzing ball that really was unlucky when the ball deflected past his own keeper, whilst we did level the scores following excellent work from Matthew Bryan to whom assisted by his movement in getting into a good position to receive the ball before finding Richard Walker to finish, their what turned out to be their winning goal did come just after half time, once again distances and fine margins, Peters added “ with the ball over on the right hand side of the pitch, my left back had tucked in on the swivel, on the outside of him was a player hanging out, the thin margin and distance comes from the fact he was tucked in too far, the cross beat him, despite the ball dropping and bouncing, the fact he had got his distances wrong ensured his opponent was the favourite to hurt us and hurt us he did, in defence of my Left Back he is young and in experienced but he is a very good defender, this was a little learning curve for him, that in this situation he alters his position slightly in order that he is comfortable to either advance on to the cross to head away, this or defend against his opponent to whom had dropped off, Peters added “ he gets his distances right, that goal does not happen, equally if the player playing in front of the defender is covering that area, that goal does not happen, it did happen leaving us to chase the game, for forty minutes we camped in their half, in the end they were that desperate to hang onto what they had got that balls were constantly being kicked out of the ground, much to our frustration, when in the final seconds the ball strikes the foot of the post from Nathan Tayo’s head, it was evident that lady luck was not with us and the fine margin between earning a point to a defeat was very much the slightest of distances which on this occasion the boy got wrong, we was punished but hopefully my young defender will learn and not only will we be more accomplished as a team, but also he will be as a player “
Bacup 1-2 Atherton LR
Borough taste defeat at home in heavily contested game.
By Matthew Lawson
Bacup started the brighter of the two sides, twice going close through Matthew Bryan.
As the half wore on the game sparked into life just after the half hour mark, Borough with a smartly worked short corner Elliott Collinson was found by Bryan at the edge of the Box who at the second attempt hit a left footed shot high and wide of the Atherton goal with keeper Ben Purdman beaten.
Having looked the better side in the first half Borough found themselves 1-0 down with 2 minutes to play, A corner from the right hand side was floated in and Atherton centre half Paul Carroll lost his marker and as the ball bounced in the box he was able to direct it towards goal, a deflection off a Borough defender diverted the ball past Nick Sharples.
Despite going a goal down just before half time, Borough heads didn’t drop, a well worked team move got them back into the game, Jordan Wilmore started the attack with a clipped ball into Matty Bryan, he nodded the ball into the path of Wayne Morrison, who held off his man before playing the ball back to his strike partner, Bryan burst clear and fizzed the ball across the box to find the sliding Richard Walker who turned the ball home at the back post to make it 1-1 with the last kick of the half.
With only a couple of minutes played in the second half the visitors took the lead through debutant Ben Giverin, the pitch played a big part in the goal, the ball took an unexpected bounce and wrong footed Sam Howe at the back post following a delivery from the right.
Following the goal, Borough didn’t let their heads drop and went in search of another equaliser, as the pitch deteriorated so did the fitness levels of both sides, it was a struggle for both sets of players.
As the game entered the final five minutes, Nathan Tayo rose highest following a deep free kick from Matty Bryan. Tayo beat his marker in the air, his head had keeper Ben Purdham beaten and it looked destined for the bottom corner, only for it to hit the foot of the post and then be cleared by the Atherton defence.
An unlucky end to a great Borough performance in demanding conditions. Borough now look ahead to two home games in a row firstly Stockport on Thursday and NWCFL leaders Silden on Saturday