Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Had This To Say “ There has not been many highlights for us this season, but believe you me, this team performance ranks has one of the best team performances for a long time, Peters added “ we were up against a very good Whitchurch side that until we inflicted this defeat onto them, could have still gained one of the two promotion places automatically, they will no doubt make the play offs and good luck to them, they impressed me at their place, even in defeat they impressed me tonight, in fact they have impressed me all season but this result and performance belongs to our boys, everyone too a man worked tirelessly ensuring that Whitchurch’s opportunities were limited, but when we had the ball some of our football was sheer quality to watch, in the first half especially they just could not handle us, Peters added “ at this stage of the game and given the forward area’s we were breaking into I felt we needed to double our lead has one is not enough has proved correct, when right on the stroke of half time they equalised from a corner, Peters added “ It could be easy for me to say at that point they deserved to be going in level at the break, but the simple fact was, they did not deserve to be going in level, such was our dominance, Peters went on “ the second half Whitchurch did start to ask a few questions but absolute credit to our defenders by the way they protected their goal and goal keeper whom on the night did not have to make any saves of any consequences, the more Whitchurch pushed, the more the game was getting stretched which was always going to work in our favour, when the impressive Davison Banda took the ball deep in his half, with limited touches he moved the ball to Charlie Collinge who himself perfectly put the ball into space for Matthew Bryan who had a lot to do to finish, but with sheer precision cut across their keeper to slot inside the far post, Peters added “ the scenes that followed was really good to see with all of his team mates sprinting to congratulate, not only Matty Bryan on a fine finish but to congratulate each and everyone of them for all, and I mean all putting in a top drawer performance against a top drawer team to earn a top drawer three points, I am proud of each and everyone of them “
BACUP 2-1 Whitchurch Alport
SENSATIONAL WIN FOR BACUP AGAINST PROMOTION CONTENDERS
By Matthew Lawson
Bacup were well fired up for this game starting brightly and positive with a good tempo, this Boro continued through out in what proved to be a pulsating game against a very good side in form Whitchurch Alport.
Inside the first minute Bacup were 1-0 up. Charlie Collinge’s rasping right footed half volley had Krystian Burzynski rooted to the spot as the ball flew into the top right hand corner. What a start from Borough.
Bacup could have seen themselves 2-0 up just minutes later through Matthew Bryan, following a neat exchange he advanced infield and took a shot on right footed which was tipped over the bar for a corner.
Bryan became the provider for Borough’s next chance, a knock down into Adrian Bellamy following a sweet cross-field ball from Josh Walne saw the Captains sliding effort agonisingly hit the upright before being cleared away upfield by the Alport defence.
As the half came to a close, the visitors were level, a corner from the left had side was nodded home by Ryan Thomas.
The second half began in a similar fashion to the first, this time Burzynski saved well from Josh Walne low to his left , as Borough fought to regain the lead. Borough stayed resilient at the back and nullified any Whitchurch attacks with clever defensive play resulting in Whitchurch having to shoot from distance but each and every player in the Black and White of Bacup Borough out their bodies in the way of anything the visitors came at them with.
With 20 minutes left on the referees watch, Bacup took the lead, superb defensive play from Davison Banda having won the ball back in his own half found Charlie Collinge in midfield who’s perfectly weighted through ball in behind to the Matty Bryan who cooly finished right footed past the advancing Burzynski to make it 2-1.
A defensive master class ensued for the final 15 minutes, anything that came towards the back line was dealt with excellently, each and every player on that pitch for Bacup put everything in to defending the 2-1 lead, a quality performance that well and truly deserved all 3 points in what was a very tough fixture for Brent Peters side.
Borough face another tough test on Thursday night when they play host to Litherland Remyca.
Bacup Team vs Whitchurch: Price, Tayo, Esdaille, Carroll, Welsh, Banda, Collinson, Collinge, Walne (Thompson), Bryan, Bellamy © (Baldwin-Willis)
Unused Subs: Carter, Khasa, Crew.
BACUP BOROUGH 5-2 STOCKPORT TOWN
Emphatic Borough put 5 past Stockport
By Matthew Lawson
Despite the recent weather the game between Bacup and Stockport went ahead and the fans that turned up were not disappointed.
From the off Borough were the better side Jarrett and Bryan both coming close to opening the scoring.
Bacup finally took the lead, Matty Bryan converting from the spot just before the half hour mark after Jason Jarrett was brought down by Kyle Haslam in the penalty area.
Nathan Tayo rose highest at the near post to head home from a Rees Welsh free kick to double the lead for Bacup with 5 minutes of the half remaining. Before the break Borough had a third, A well timed ball from Bryan to find his strike partner Jarrett who rounded Haslam in the Town goal and finished with a left footed strike into a empty net.
Brent Peters side started the second half just like they had ended the first, free flowing attacking football, they were unlucky to not have a fourth when Bryan had his left footed shot saved low to the keepers right.
A rare Stockport attack lead to their first goal of the game a hopeful through ball and a defensive mistake following a poor clearance from ‘keeper Karl Price left him stranded as Ruben Abreu lofted a left footed shot into the back of the net.
After failing to press in the middle of the park, the Bacup midfield gave (——) to much time in the ball and he threaded a ball into the path of Trey Simpson who edged in front of Esadille and finished past Price to make it 3-2.
With just 10 minutes left to play, Josh Walne put the game to bed for Bacup, Jason Jarrett with a drilled ball towards the back post was met by a gambling Walne who connected with the ball to turn it home.
Just minutes later Walne got his second of the game and Boroughs fifth, a brilliant header following a cross from skipper Adrian Bellamy.
A much needed win for Bacup, A victory that showed manager Brent Peters that goals can come from anywhere on the pitch and that the goals for Bryan aren’t slowing down.
Borough face a tough test at home on Thursday against league leaders Litherland Remyca
Bacup Team vs Stockport Town:
Price, Welsh, Esadille, Carroll, Bellamy ©, Walne, Tayo, Collinge (Crew), Banda (Wilmore), Jarrett (Carter) Bryan.
Unused Subs: Rhodes, Khasa
The Bacup Manager Brent Peters had this to say “ With the game evenly balanced at the break, it is evident to see, the fact we lost our goal keeper proved to be a major factor in this result, this said I must congratulate Holker by the way they were clinical on all of their finishes, equally has we were with the strike by Trey Baldwin Willis and Matthew Bryan, Peters added “ Losing Nick Sharples at this stage of the season what has turned out to be a fractured Chest Bone is just another blow on top of all of the other blows we have encountered, Peters went on “ despite the fact Nick was struggling to breathe and has you can imagine in ridiculous pain, he remarkably carried on until half time, that shows bravery and commitment for the cause which Nick must be applauded for, Peters fumed about the way this injury did manifest itself when he said this “ once again we had possession, once again a midfield player taking far too many touches, once again the same player with no picture of where his next pass is going, gets caught in possession, the opposition break, the keeper has to make a brave attempt at the feet of the advancing player and now he is injured and out for the seasons through bad play on his team mates part” Peters added “ I would rather talk about two boys in defender Oliver Crew and striker Louis Holding both having stepped up from our under eighteen youth set up, for me on this night both boys became men for varying reasons, Oliver replaced Captain Adrian Bellamy to put in a masterful performance that some of the other players need to learn from, nothing spectacular, nothing complicated, the boy did his job of defending and defending masterfully, then there is Louis Holding who is a striker, once our keeper was in trouble the boy impressed all, by the confidence the boy showed in volunteering to take over from our injured keeper, Louis is a confident talented lad which will take him a long way in his football career, I was immensely proud of both boys on the night and without doubt, whilst there was a lot going against us, these two boys were truly the highlight of a disappointing evening for many various reasons “
Bacup Borough 2- Holker Old Boys 5
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PROVES COSTLY FOR BOYANT BACUP
Bacup Borough and Bacup Borough produced some amazing football on Monday at the Brian Boys West View Stadium but it proved to be a costly night for the home side, first of all a car with three players broke down on their way into the game from Manchester, then with this being one of many re arranged games on an unfamiliar night at West View, the gate was well down, but those that stayed away, certainly missed a game with terrific entertainment value, then ten minutes into the game the Bacup Captain Adrian Bellamy was forced to leave the pitch due to sickness and was replaced by Oliver Crew making only his second start having progressed from the clubs under eighteen team, Manager Brent Peters was highly delighted with what the youngster produced on such a difficult night for the club, if the performance of Oliver was a plus, Bacup were suffered another blow when the Bacup stopper suffered a terrible injury which turned out to be a fractured chest bone, whilst the brave Nick Sharples carried on to the break with the score at 2-2 no way could he come out for the second half, with no substitute Goal keeper on the bench, another promising youngster from Bacup’s under 18s striker Louis Holding volunteered to take up the goal keeping shirt in the second half, this was a brave decision for the young player who showed terrific confidence.
The second half got underway, given the circumstances Bacup found themselves in, it was always going to be a tough second half, this proved the case when on forty eight minutes following a free kick at the edge of the Bacup box, the young stand in keeper confidently came out to collect but got bullied losing grip of the ball which was struck into the net, there must be a question why no one had reverted back onto the line in order for this eventuality to clear, following this, experienced left back Rees Welsh following a conversation with his Manager Brent Peters took over in goal this allowing Louis to progress up front into his naturel position, whilst two more goals followed for Holker, Bacup themselves were extremely unlucky themselves when Josh Walne struck the ball goal bound only to see what would have been an incredible goal come back off the upright, this the story of the home sides night, an evening from the off which brought no breaks at all.
ECCLESHALL 3-BACUP BOROUGH -2
Bacup Borough must still be wondering how they have come away from Staffordshire with nothing despite an excellent spirited performance.
Bacup took the lead following a good move down the Bacup right involving Joshua Walne and Matthew Bryan before Charlie Collinge advancing from midfield diverted the ball past the Eccleshall keeper, it was from Bacup’s possession which got the home side back into this game, a ball out of the Bacup defence from Adrian Bellamy to Josh Walne, the latter had started to make a run forward, this resulted in possession being lost, the ball was switched across the pitch before being placed in behind the Bacup defence for the Eccleshall striker to make an excellent finish, if this was a blow to Bacup who most certainly were the more classier side of the two when with just three minutes prior to half time, Jordan Wilmore had an opportunity to send the ball forward, he failed to take the initiative allowing his counterpart to take the initiative by placing the ball in behind, the ball and danger could have been averted but the Bacup Captain Adrian Bellamy stopped hoping to catch the lad offside, claiming for off side and stopping proved once again to be costly has no offside was given and through this the ball was in the net, Eccleshall went into the break 2-1 to the good.
The second half was only two minutes in from the half starting when Bacup found themselves 3-1 down, this once again from their own doing, the defenders were keeping an high line, when the home side keeper send one ball down the middle of the pitch from which midfield player Nathan Tayo could easily have headed the ball away, instead he was caught under the ball which ended up going beyond the Bacup rear guard for the Eccleshall striker to get in behind and complete his hattrick.
Despite the two goal deficit Bacup were still well into this game has they were playing well enough to suggest they would get back into the game, this was the case when not for the first time Walne and Bryan causing all sorts of problems for the hosts, when the interchanging of positions between Walne and Bryan was enough for Walne to finish well making it 3-2, from this point in Bacup were pushing more and more for an equaliser which but from an excellent save by their keeper following a free kick at the left hand side of the pitch, just outside the penalty area, did find Josh Walne making a blindside run, connecting well with the ball only to witness the homeside keeper get himself quickly across his line blocking Walnes goal bound effort.
Bacup can take a lot from this performance but the manner they gift goals must be worry for Manager Brent Peters who had this to say at the end of the game “ I was very much impressed with the football we did play coupled with the amount of possession we had throughout, however I am extremely disappointed for the boys having come away with nothing for their efforts, “ Peters added “ if you break the game down, everything we produced was worked hard for by us, sadly this cant be said about their three goals, their first goal despite to be fair an excellent finish came from our possession, if my player does not run away from the ball and stands still being a target, we stay in possession, their second goal, once again their lad took the initiative whilst my lad stood off and let him take the initiative, in addition the defensive unit could have still defended it but they opted to conduct what I call lazy defending by standing there with arms raised claiming offside, their third goal was also scored which was one long ball down the middle of our pitch, if the line drops deeper, then no way that lad gets in behind and scores, Peters finished by saying “ It is fine margins, but those fine margins are costing us and need to stop “
Bacup’s home game today v Carlisle is postponed due to snow, yes snow and we are only in April. Fixture to be rearranged and date to be confirmed.