Manager Brent Peters had this to say “ It is ironic that at a time there is a media debate of should clubs give more youth a chance in their first team and ride their mistakes which is inevitable whilst in development, this or should clubs go with the proven seasoned players who’s mistakes are at a minimum and not as costly, Due to lack of finances we at Bacup do not have such dilemma, in the main we have had to run with a young side in a demanding league all season, my coaches and my two senior players in Adrian Bellamy and Matthew Bryan have worked hard all season with lads that are performing at their highest level of football, Peters added” but there comes a time when players must learn from their mistakes and learn quickly, in most cases these are boys that have come through pre season with us and have been with us since, yet at the business end of the season, some are making the same old mistakes that in just this week alone have proved to be costly in games we have more than deserved to have got something from every game, Peters explained “ Daisy hill on Monday our young left back was indisciplined in his defending to give away a penalty, two days later playing second in the league and having taken the lead again my young right back who was in for the injured experienced defender Reece Welsh gave away a penalty with the player going away from goal and facing the touch line, if that was bad, our mid field player to whom has been on the fringe all season was afforded his place due to injuries and rashly he dives into win a ball that was not there to win, yet again another penalty and goal, the same player failed to compete on a corner, once again another goal conceded, we go into this game with St Helens we concede from a corner, a free kick on second phase and despite Matthew Bryan pulling both goals back for us, we concede their winner from an own goal from a ball that our keeper shouted for, it was going into his hands until my young Mid field player was caught wrong side of his marker having switched off, in his determination to remedy his breach he slid in from the wrong side and agonisingly diverted the ball past his keeper, so in three games having scored four goals, we have conceded from three penalties, three corners and a free kick and an own goal, So the debate of inexperienced youth players playing in a first team which could lead to promotion /relegation could has I am witnessing have far reaching consequences, this is a debate that will rumble on but given the finances I have to work with, this is a bitter pill I have to swallow but hope the boys will learn and learn quickly, on a brighter note, I gave two young strikers their debuts, Bobby Carter and seventeen year old Louis Holding having stepped up from our own u18 youth structure, both boys worked extremely hard gracing the opportunity with impressive performances “




By Matthew Lawson

Bacup were back at home for the first time since mid February but they were unable to make it a winning return as St Helens Town were the victors in the NWCFL match.

Manager Brent Peters handed Louis Holding his first senior start for the club after impressive performances for the U18 side.

Both sides enjoyed the possession early on, the visitors took the lead on the 15 minute mark, Andrew Webster beat Jean Khasa to the ball at the back post following a deep corner from the left after Karl Price failed to claim the ball at the first attempt.

Borough were on level terms 5 minutes before half time, great link up play from Bobby Carter and Matthew Bryan resulted in Bryan through one on one and he slotted the ball under Carl Williams in the St Helens goal.

Just before the hour mark in the game, St Helens regained the lead. Borough failed to clear from a deep free kick, the ball was hooked back into the box and headed home from Andrew Presho unmarked at the back post.

Bacup were back level just minutes later, Bryan burst through and got to the ball before Williams who brought Bryan down in the box and referee Matthew Archibald pointed to the spot. Bryan stepped up for Borough and sent the keeper the wrong way to equalise a second time for Bacup.

As the game entered the last 15 minutes, St Helens Town took the lead for a third time following a cross from the left the ball was turned home Past Karl Price by his own team mate Kieran Turner.

Borough hunted for an equaliser but St Helens dug deep and left the Rossendale Valley with all 3 points.

Bacup Team Vs St Helens: Price, Welsh, Carroll, Tayo, Howe (Bellamy) Banda (Wilmore), Turner (Barlow), Khasa, Carter,Bryan, Holding
Unused Subs: White, Rhodes

Match Report: Daisy Hill v Bacup Borough

Daisy Hill 1 vs 1 Bacup Borough

Both sides share the spoils in a highly entertaining match.
By Matthew Lawson

Borough started an action-packed schedule with a draw away at Daisy Hill.

Karl Price was back in Brent Peters’ starting 11 as Bacup looked to bounce back from last week’s defeat on the road at Chadderton.

Both, Bacup and Daisy Hill started brightly, but the hosts had the majority of the ball in the opening 15 minutes but failed to make the possession count. Borough were well in the game and could have taken the lead midway through the first half when Josh Walne floated a deep free kick into the box to be met by Nathan Tayo free at the front post, but he couldn’t direct his header on target.

On the half hour mark, Peters was forced into an early change as midfielder Elliot Collinson was replaced by Jean Khasa.

With 5 minutes until the break, the referee awarded the hosts a penalty, which was converted by Michael Gervin sending Price the wrong way.

It didn’t take Bacup long after the start of the second half to get back on level terms, a well worked short corner between Benjamin Rhodes and Josh Walne, resulted in the later playing the ball into the box to be met by the run of Jean Khasa who’s bullet header flew past Craig Haynes at his near post.

Both teams had their chances to take all three points in this tightly contested game, most notably Matthew Bryan who’s curing free kick forced Haynes into a worldie of a save high to his right to stop the ball going into the back of the net.

A quality second half display from Borough that deserved all three points will give the lads a huge boost going into another away game on Wednesday as they travel to 2nd place Litherland Remyca.

Bacup team vs Daisy Hill: Price, Howe, Tayo, Bellamy (c), Welsh, Walne, Wilmore, Collinson (Khasa), Jarrett, Rhodes (Baldwin-Willis), Bryan.

Unused Subs: Carroll, White, Carter


Managers Reaction: Four Goals And No Result!!

AN ANGRY BACUP MANAGER BRENT PETERS DID NOT HOLD BACK WHEN HE HAD THIS TO SAY “ Having Scored four goals and not get anything from the game is a sacrilege, to score four goals and lose the game is a disaster, Peters went on “ some players need to take a long hard look at themselves, for a start our Mid Field Unit have not learnt from how we conceded last weeks opener against Cheadle, Chadderton’s opener in the opening minutes was identical when a midfield runner breaks through completely unopposed, Chadderton’s second goal I have to question whether my keeper made the correct decision to come into a crowded area following a free kick outside of the box from which he got little onto the punch leaving him stranded and Chadderton an easy finish, Peters went on” Despite the bad start, given how long there was still to go in the game, given how well the experienced Jason Jarrett was linking up well with Matthew Bryan, I still felt confident we would have more than enough to come back and go onto win the game, Peters said “ My thought process was even stronger when Jason pulled a goal back before half time, however what I could not legislate for was one of my Midfield Players Charlie Collinge stupidly kicking out at a Chadderton player after the ball had gone, leaving the match official with no option but to give the lad a straight red card, Peters went on “ this was absolute madness, even more so when the ball had gone forward in our favour, his actions did not make sense, whilst we had to play over an hour 11 v 10 we also now lose him for three matches, “ Peters went on “ Credit to the remaining ten men to whom started the game, they really did put in an excellent work man like performance in taking the game to our hosts from which they turned a 2-1 deficit into a winning position of 3-2, 3-3, to again be winning 4-3 surmounting credit for this was the energy and positivity of Matthew Bryan coupled with the experience and expertise of Jason Jarrett, it was no surprise to me that both got a brace a piece, our equaliser to make it 2-2, I must also credit the delivery of Sam Hough, Peters went on “ the way this game had unfolded and the pace it was played at, it was one of those games when unless forced into, not to make substitutions, forced being the appropriate word, the fact this was Jason Jarrett’s first game for some time, coupled with the fact he had to play a lot deeper mid field role out of possession and still having to get forward in possession to support Matty following the sending off, it was inevitable he would begin to fatigue, the same for Joshua Walne whom himself has been out for seven weeks with an injury, both had given their all and had to be replaced, Peters finished by saying “ Winning 4-3 with only a couple of minutes left on the clock, experience would have seen us over the line, in situations that quickly followed, what happened and how their two goals came to win the game, was total naïve and turned out to be extremely costly, Credit must go to Chadderton despite the fact we did make it difficult for them once we had got in front, they never gave up, also every Manager looks at his substitutions to have an impact on the game once introduced, I think it is fair to say one of their substitutes did just that for his team, the same player was instrumental at Bacup earlier in the season in helping his side reduce a 4-0 deficit in Bacup’s favour to a 4-3, has for my boys, Majority put in a good honest shift but then there is the ones to whom did self destruct and that is very disappointing and costly.

Match Report: Chadderton v Bacup Borough

Chadderton 5-4 Bacup Borough

New signing Jason Jarrett bags a debut brace as Borough find themselves on the wrong side of a 9 goal thriller.

By Matthew Lawson

If the reverse fixture at the Brian Boys West View Stadium was anything to go by we were in for goals and that’s what this game delivered.

Chadderton took an early lead on 4 minutes. The hosts got a second with 18 minutes of the clock after the Boro defence failed to clear a Chadderton corner.

After conceding the second goal Borough were creating chances, with both Collinson and Welsh going close. The Bacup pressure paid off when Matty Bryan used his strength and pace to get away from his man, before finding debutant Jason Jarrett who got a goal back just after the hour mark.

As the first half came to a close, Borough saw themselves down to 10 men after midfielder Charlie Collinge saw red after an off the ball incident. At the half time interval Chadderton lead 2-1.

The second half began with Bacup on the front foot and within 5 minutes of the restart Matty Bryan got his name on the scoresheet, Jarretts close range shot was parried and Bryan nodded home from 6 yards out to equalise.
Bryan got his second 3 minutes later, a clinical finish past the Chadderton keeper to give Borough the lead for the first time in the game.

Bacup carried on creating chances and could of seen themselves further in front if it wasn’t for (keeper) in the Chadderton Goal. But with 7 minutes left of normal time, after withstanding the Borough barrage Chadderton equalised.

The scores weren’t level for long, Borough retook the lead as Jarrett got his second of the game, a close range finish following a Goal mouth scramble as the Chadderton defence failed to clear following a Borough corner.

The final few minutes saw a dramatic twist as the hosts scored twice in 3 minutes to equalise and then grab the winner and break Bacup hearts as it had looked like all three points were heading back to the Rossendale valley.

Bacup team Vs Chadderton:
Sharples, Howe, Tayo, Bellamy, Carroll, Welsh, Walne (Wilmore), Collinson, Jarrett (Cooper), Bryan.
Unused Subs:
Rhodes, Carter, White

NEW SIGNING: Jason Jarrett signs for Boro

Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters has swooped to sign former Leicester City and Wigan Athletic Striker Jason Jarrett

Bacup Borough with still nineteen games to play have bolstered their young squad with the addition of striker Jason Jarrett, Jason with over 300 football league games in a career that has seen him represent north west clubs such as Wigan Athletic, Bury, Preston North End & Oldham Athletic, in addition Leicester City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Stoke City are amongst his portfolio, Jason was also instrumental in helping class of 92”s Salford City too promotion.

Manager Brent Peters had this to say” I am absolutely delighted with the signing of Jason, securing his signature has not been easy especially given the fact he had received offers from some clubs participating higher up the football pyramid, Peters added “ I am just glad that my hard work in securing Jason has paid off, Jason is a terrific lad and very much an experienced footballer to whom will help my young squad immensely, with the exception of Captain Adrian Bellamy and Vice Captain Matthew Bryan to whom are the seniors, the rest of my first team squad are young players playing at their highest level, very much finding their way, Adrian and Matthew have worked really hard with the boys passing on their experience and knowledge, now with the addition of Jason this can only be exceptional value not only to the entire squad but the rest of our Youth Structure going forward “

 It is expected that Jason will make his debut tonight at Chadderton.


Managers Reaction: Much Improved Performance In 2nd Half

Following the game the Bacup Manager Brent Peters Had This To Say “ Our Lack of game time and Match Sharpness having not played a competitive game for two weeks told at the start of this game when our host took full advantage of this, Cheadle really did come at us, before we could get our second wind Cheadle had opened the scoring and basically had the game won in the first twenty minutes, Peters added “ playing a 4-4-2 against a three man midfield should not be a problem providing the unit can get across quickly in transition, this is where it was costing us which inevitably forced my hand at the break to relinquish my two wingers in order to introduce another midfield player and striker, Peters went on “ this change certainly made for a better performance from us and with it a more even contest, unlike the first half when we was second best everywhere, Peters added “ with some luck at the start of the second half we could easily have inflicted the damage onto Cheadle just like Cheadle inflicted on us at the start of the first half, had we have, it could easily have been 3-3 the difference, Cheadle were clinical, we was not,
Peters went on “ if you break the game down into 2 half’s, we lost the first half 3-0, we drew the second half 1-1 with a much better performance from the team, something that having got over the first half an hour having not been playing, once the changes had been made and the boys picked up the pace of the game, it did not surprise me, there is no doubts in my mind the lack of game time was the reason we were all way off the pace at the start, credit to Cheadle they made us pay dearly for this. “

Match Report: Cheadle Town v Bacup Borough


Boro taste defeat despite a valiant second half performance

By Matthew Lawson

After rain and snow had forced postponements Bacup were back on the road into Manchester.

Having been boosted by the return of Josh Walne after 7 weeks out with injury Boro were eager to give manager Brent Peters a late birthday present in the form of three valuable points.

Both sides enjoyed early possession In was a tight opening exchange. It took Cheadle 15 minutes to break the deadlock, Rick Whyatt rose unchallenged to head into the top corner. Tom Ratican added a second before Whyatt got his second of the game just before the half time interval to make it 3-0.

At half time Peters signalled his attacking intent by bringing on Bobby Carter and the returning Josh Walne. The two changes brought out a lively start to the second half firstly Wayne Morrison came close from close range but he couldn’t direct Sam Howe’s perfectly weight low cross towards the target.

Captain Adrian Bellamy thought he had scored and found Bacup a way back into the game as he rose highest from a corner and headed towards goal only for the Cheadle defender to scramble back to head the goal bound effort off the line.

Against the run of play, after withstanding the Borough Barrage Ratican broke clear to make it 4-0.
Matty Bryan added a deserved consolation with 10 minutes left off the game as he ran clear of his marker and from close range slotted past Whiting to make it 4-1.