END OF SEASON MANAGER REACTION: It’s been really tough

Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Had This To Say “ It goes without saying that this season has been really tough for everyone with the winter months being exceptionally bad, one of the worst on record this leading to several weeks with no game which has prevented us from any real consistent fluency which has led at times to a lot of negative results, now this is where I give my squad a massive pat on the back, the boys kept working hard, they kept believing in themselves and the team has a whole, they kept their togetherness which is unusual for any group when results are not at their best, but these boys are not any group, they are a special group that have bonded well together from which it must be said that this comes from the tremendous leadership of both Adrian Bellamy Captain and Matthew Bryan Vice Captain, they both have contributed in ensuring the boys kept that positive mind set and belief, Peters added “ a real big plus for me was the way that Oliver Crew, Louis Holding, Kyle Brooks and Kieran Reece have made the step up into the first team from our successful under 18s cup winning side, credit for their initial development must go to Andrew Walker and Darren Reece, these boys attitude, willingness to learn and the way they have settled into the squad and played when introduced, for me this has been my biggest highlight, these boys are the clubs future, Peters said “ there are also some talented lads in our under 21s, if they show the same commitment, desire and willingness, then they also will be given a chance, Peters said “ there was also the emergence of striker Bobby Carter, although Bobby has not come through our club youth structure he has still been given a chance from which he has shown me his desire and work rate which will stand any player in good stead in any of my teams, Peters added “ despite the demands of having to play games almost every other night, this against good sides challenging for promotion from which we actually did win against Whitchurch Alport who are my favorites to win the play off final and Prestwich Heys from which the defeat we did inflict upon them did actually prevent them from being able to achieve automatic promotion, then finishing the season with four straight wins, the emergence of talented lads from the eighteens and Matthew Bryan winning the player of the month is very much a positive end to a demanding season, Peters finished by saying “ despite the squad giving their all, a special mention should go to Debra O’Connor not only for her exemplary work in hospitality but by her work of constantly having to wash and turn the kits over, that itself was very much demanding in such a short space of time, and finally to our dedicated Press and Media Officer Matthew Lawson, a big thank you to all “


Saturday 12th May 2018



Bacup Borough -2- Abbey Hulton United -0
This was a fitting end to what has been a difficult frustrating season for Bacup with one of the worst winters on record and games constantly being postponed, this all was a distant memory for Brent Peters side having had to play thirteen games in the final month in order to catch up and complete their fixtures, but what an ending it was, finishing with four straight wins which put Bacup sixth in the form table having won four and narrowly losing two games out of their final six, in addition Vice Captain Matthew Bryan collecting his player of the month award for not only an outstanding month, but for an outstanding season, Louis Holding Scoring his first senior goal for the club since stepping up from Bacup’s under 18s, but it did not end here with a large following having made the trip from the potteries in support of Abbey Hulton but bringing also a party atmosphere to the Brian Boys Stadium on a glorious sunny afternoon, it did not dampen their spirits in any way when player of the month Matthew Bryan opened the scoring for Bacup fourteen minutes into the game, Kyle Brooks one of the class of 18 got onto the ball before delivering a nice weighted pass for Matthew Bryan to get away from their defender before drawing their keeper to then finish.
It was Bacup Borough that was dominating all of the possession and really the should have doubled their lead when once again Bryan burst through before squaring the ball unselfishly for his strike partner Ben Rhodes, the Abbey keeper was quickly out and threw himself in line of Rhodes shot to prevent what should have been Bacup’s second.
Despite Bacup Borough’s possession the score line remained the slender one goal difference, this until the introduction of another Class of 18 Louis Holding who replaced Ben Rhodes to whom had worked hard, on seventy eight minutes Holding got his first senior goal for the club since his progression from the under 18s, it came when both Holding and Bryan committed an high press together, Holding dispossessed their defender before turning into the space to his left then with some composure he finished well, another class of 18 was introduced at the back with Oliver Crew replacing Nathan Tayo, Bacup finished as they started well on top securing three points making it four wins on the bounce and yet again another clean sheet from a well organized disciplined defence marshalled by Captain Adrian Bellamy.

Team Price, Banda, Bellamy, Tayo( Crew ) Rees, Walne, Collinson, Wilmore, Brooks, Bryan, Rhodes( Holding ) Subs Not Used Kieran Reece, Juan Bruno.