Monday 30th April 2018



By Matthew Lawson

The start of another tough week for Bacup as they faced a Silsden side on the brink of promotion. Bacup and manager were buoyed by an impressive 3-0 away win at New Mills.

Brent Peters handed a debut to Kieran Reece, who is one of many u18’s who have been drafted in to the first team following their impressive cup victory. Oliver Crew has impressed when called upon in the first team and was handed his second start.

Silsden took the lead half way through the first half with a volley inside the penalty area.

Matty Bryan equalised for Bacup 5 minutes before half time, after chasing down a Jordan Wilmore through ball, Bryan pressured the silsden centre half into a mistake, he gathered the loose ball and beat the on rushing silsden keeper, rounded him and finished the ball into the empty net.

On the stroke of half time Borough fell behind for the second time, as a cross from the right was turned home at the back post.

3 goals in the space of 15 minutes put the game to bed for the visitors and saw them in touching distance of promotion.

Borough came close to reducing the deficit through Collinson and Bryan but neither could find the back of the net.

Silsden added a 6th late on to seal the 3 points they needed.


After the game, manager Brent Peters congratulated Silsden by taking to Social Media

‘Congratulations to Silsden, their movement and desire was good through out and finishing was clinical, not forgetting they have been around the summit for majority of the season, all the ingredients that make champions’

Bacup Team vs Silsden: Price, Masirika (Willis), Crew (Thompson) Bellamy© , Esdaille, Collinson, Reece (Rhodes), Wilmore, Bryan, Walne, Welsh

Unused Subs: Carroll, Carter


Thursday 3rd May 2018

Bacup 2-0 Prestwich Heys

Borough record impressive victory

By Matthew Lawson

Borough prepared for their fourth game in six days against automatic promotion hopefuls Prestwich Heys.

Young Kyle Brooks was handed his second senior start by Brent Peters after impressing in Tuesday nights slender defeat at Cammell Laird. Peters also handed a senior start to Louis Holding as he again freshened up his starting line up.

In the opening half an hour, neither side created much as both midfields and defences stood firm in what was an entertaining thirty minutes.

Shortly after Borough took the lead, a superb left footed free kick from Matty Bryan was whipped towards the back post where Josh Walne cleverly headed back across goal, where captain Adrian Bellamy headed the ball into the back of the net from close range.

Borough stayed resolute at the back and saw the 1-0 lead into half time.

The second half began in similar fashion to the first half, both sides were looking lively and looking for a goal but for very different reasons. Prestwich needed a win to keep their automatic promotion hopes alive. And Borough needed that second to kill the game off and win them all 3 points.

Just after the hour mark Borough came close to a second, a well struck shot from the edge of the box forced a brilliant save from Smith low to his right.

Into the last 10 minutes and Substitute Bobby Carter headed home his first ever Bacup Borough
Goal and made it 2-0, great wing-play from Matty Bryan set the ball back for fullback Rees Welsh who whipped the ball into the box, on a plate for Carter who’s looping header was as far in the top left corner as it could go.

A great defensive display ensured Borough all three points following a fine performance all round.

3 more back to back home games come for Borough, with Oswestry Town the visitors on Saturday.

Bacup Team vs Prestwich: Price, Bellamy © Tayo, Esdaille, Welsh, Banda, Walne (Thompson), Brooks (Rhodes) , Collinson, Bryan, Holding (Carter)


Tuesday 1st May 2018



By Matthew Lawson

Having been in action only 24 hours earlier against now promoted Silsden, Brent Peters side were on the road for the last time this season as they travelled to Cammell Laird.

Brent Peters handed first team debuts to Juan Sala and U18 cup winner Kyle Brooks. Starts were also handed to Benjamin Rhodes and Bobby Carter.
Captain Adrian Bellamy, Matthew Bryan, Karl Price, Josh Walne, Jordan Wilmore all started despite playing just 24 hours previous. Nathan Tayo and Davison Banda were also back in the starting lineup for Bacuo.

Both sides had chances early on to break the deadlock, but both Karl Price and Matthew Lavelle proved to be in inspired form as they pulled off a string of saves when called upon in their respective goals.

The game was pretty even going into the half time break, both sides enjoying plenty of the ball but both failed to make the possession count.

The resolute Bacup defence was eventually broken down and the deadlock was broken with just 10
Minutes of the game remaining.

Despite not getting any points from the game, Manager Brent Peters did have something to take back to the Rossendale Valley, Pride, Pride in such a side that included 3 U18 players and a debutant. Along with the rest of the team fought tirelessly despite a game only 24 hours previous.

It was an outstanding performance from the lads.

Bacup face Prestwich Heys on Thursday night at The Westview Stadium.


Bacup Team vs Cammell Laird: Price, Tayo, Bellamy©, Banda, Sala (Thompson) Brooks, Wilmore (Holding) Walne, Rhodes, Carter,Bryan (Reece)
Unused Subs: Crew, Collinson.


Saturday 28th April 2018



By Matthew Lawson

Both Jordan Wilmore and Kevin Masirika returned to the starting line up in only two changes from Monday’s win at home to play-off hopefuls Whitchurch Alport.

Bacup started off the brighter of the two sides, Josh Walne came close to opening the scoring early on but, his sliding far post effort hit the bottom of the post before the New Mills defence cleared the danger.

Borough took the lead on 15 minutes through top goal scorer Matty Bryan, Walne with a superbly weighted ball over the top to play in Bryan who after a couple of touches slotted home past Oliver Martin.

Minutes later it could have been two, Bryan floated a cross in from the left, it was met by Walne but he couldn’t direct his header on target.

Bacup continued to control the game and saw their 1-0 lead into the half time break. The second half was much of the same, Borough controlling the tempo and creating chances.

On the hour mark, Captain Adrian Bellamy doubled Bacup’s lead, a simple side footed effort past Martin who had initially saved Matty Bryan’s left footed strike low to his left, but Bellamy was in the right place to turn home the rebound.

Within a matter of minutes of the restart it was 3-0. Matty Bryan was causing the New Mills back line nothing but trouble all afternoon and as he darted inside from the left and he was blocked off in the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot, Bryan stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to score his second of the game and cap off a Man of The Match performance.

The games come thick and fast for Bacup who take on league leaders Silsden on April 30th at The Westview Stadium followed by an away trip 24 hours later at Play Off chasing Camel Laird.

Bacup Team vs New Mills: Price, Tayo, Masirika (Carroll), Esdaille, Welsh, Banda, Collinson, Wilmore, Walne Bellamy © Bryan
Unused Subs: Rhodes, Crew, Holding

Manager Reviews Games

Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Comments.

April has proved to be a difficult demanding month due to the remnants of the bad weather we have encountered, the boys have had nine games in this time where we have managed victories against Stockport, New Mills and Promotion chasing Whitchurch Alport, Peters added” the latter being the highlight has our win against them did prevent them going up automatically but have qualified for the play offs, Peters went on “ there has been highs and lows during this period but given the demands on the players of having to play games with very little rest between days, given three of the teams we had to play in this time are very much promotion contenders, even in defeat there were more high’s than lows from a Managers perspective, Peters added “ After an impressive three nil win at New Mills on Saturday, Monday we were faced with the task of trying to spoil Silsden’s Promotion party, a win against us did guarantee promotion for them, Peters added “ the fact that this talented side had been at the summit for the majority of the season, no matter how hard my boys worked and have worked in a demanding programme, has much as I wanted to spoil their party, it was never going to happen, they were strong, fit, athletic and very much a talented group of players that on the night were very much determined to achieve their goal, Peters added “ they will be the Champions and rightly so, congratulations to them, however despite a result that turned out to be a resounding victory for the Champions elect, I had my own group of Champions when twenty four hours later we had to pick ourselves up and travel to the Wirral to take on another Promotion hopeful in Cammell Laird, I had six players to whom had played the night before in Adrian Bellamy, Matthew Bryan, Josh Walne, Jordan Wilmore, Karl Price, Ben Rhodes, in addition Elliott Collinson to whom featured against Silsden but although did not participate against Cammell Laird but did travel for the bench and Bobby Carter to whom did not feature against Silsden but did play the entire game against Cammell Laird, these players creditably committed to the cause, in addition we had four boys from our under eighteen cup winning side in Louis Holding, Kyle Brooks, Kieran Reece, Oliver Crew did all feature on the wirral with Kyle Brooks making his debut along with Juan Sala, the entire group were absolutely outstanding against a team very much in a play off push, Peters said “ yes we conceded in the 80th minute to loose by the odd goal, but what Champions those boys and the team were for varying reasons which certainly made me feel so proud even in defeat, Peters finished by saying “ Whilst all of the squad have committed to the clubs cause credible, My Captain Adrian Bellamy and Vice Captain Matthew Bryan have been outstanding in their leadership, Matthew Bryan having scored twelve goals in March and April with six man of the match performances out of nine games in April must be a favorite for the leagues player of the month award, “ It may not be the best of seasons but fighting against the weather, playing catch up and having to play so many games in a short space of time, these guys have been a real credit “