A superb second half performance from Brent Peters side earns them  4-2 victory at the Westview against Cleator Moor. Goals from Michael Gervin x3 and a spot kick from Anthony Hall give Borough all 3 points.


Full Match Report to Follow


Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters had this to say “   AS bizarre the Referee’s decision to send off Adrian Bellamy and Darcy O’Connor  those sending offs had no bearing what so ever on the reason as to why we have come away from Liverpool with nothing,  Peters added “ to be fair to the team we really did play well on a 4G surface that suites the way we play down to the ground, Peters said “ we had a good shape about us and really never looked in any real threat, even when we went down to first ten men and then nine men, the lads worked extremely hard ensuring the two player dis advantage did not incur further damage than we had in the goals we had conceded “  Peters explained “ it is very much fine margins, both teams worked hard, both teams did give it a good go, it really looked like it would be another draw between us,  their opening goal we should have put pressure on the ball rather than offering their player enough space to get an excellent strike off, whist we got ourselves back on level terms with a well taken Michael Gervin Goal, their second and third goals should never be happening,  Peters added “ our keeper in the Vase game did come under some criticism  but in this instance Lewis Monahan pulled off a really good save only to be let down by his defenders that seemed flat footed and frozen like rabbits in the headlights,  their player had time to react to the save, get on the ball, get his head up and pick out his team mates to slot into the empty net, Peters added “ we had enough bodies there, if they stay alive, the situation his defended, they didn’t and with this let their keeper down to whom had done really well “  Regarding the third goal, again a basic situation of defending a free kick at the edge of your box, following what unfolded with this goal of the wall jumping, we may has well not have put a wall in the first place, at least this way the keeper could have seen the ball, “ Peters added “ it was another poor goal to concede, Peters finished by saying “ The lads played well and really did not deserve the outcome, whilst the decisions of the Referee in the two sending offs in this game did not cost us, I cant say the same going forward, three matches we will loose our Captain and probably two matches we will loose Darcy O’Connor, with Gary Lillie going in this week for surgery, the voids these players will leave will prove a testing time for us, it is a challenge, a challenge we will relish because we have some talented youngsters in the camp that I am sure will not let us down”






Bacup Borough travelled to Anfield on Saturday to the Anfield Community Stadium where for the second time in only a matter of weeks these two sides met, the game at Bacup was a tight affair with both teams playing out an entertaining O-O draw, this game was equally as entertaining but this time with goals and two late incidents which marred a good performance from Bacup despite being on the end of a defeat.


The Anfield Stadium was in such close proximity that come 3pm the players entered the pitch with the Liverpool Kops anthem of “you will never walk alone” ringing in the players ears, those words came back to haunt Bacup Borough’s Captain Adrian Bellamy & Darcy O’Connor when late in the second half when under the Referee’s orders they had to “walk off the pitch “ certainly not alone!  Captain Adrian Bellamy got a straight red and in another incident Darcy O’Connor received a second yellow leaving the Bacup Manager totally bewildered.


The game was played on a 4G surface which complimented the football both teams tried to play, the game was end to end but with both defences staying tight chances for either side were at a premium, this until a quarter of the way into the game when the Bacup rear guard opted to back off, with seemingly no danger the advancing Breck player took the opportunity of cutting inside before bending the ball into the far corner of the Bacup keeper’s out stretched hands,  Bacup themselves continued to probe, with this got their deserved rewards when go interchanging play between Darcy O’Connor and Michael Gervin who produced another quality finish to get his side on level terms,


The second half was very much following the same pattern has the first half with both teams having their equal share of possession but without producing clear opportunities, Bacup probably had a good call for a penalty when Michael Gervin was creating his space in the box in order to get his shot off but was sent tumbling to the ground, despite the Bacup appeals the Referee was having none.


There is an old saying, if you are not prepared to shoot, then you will not score goals, with no space to get in behind the Bacup defence, Lower Brecks player tried his luck with a well struck effort that brought a terrific save from the Bacup keeper, flying full length across his goal he pushed the ball away, his defenders rather than then clear any danger seemed to be still applauding the save when the Lower Breck player kept the ball alive before squaring for his team mate unopposed to tap into an empty net, in such a tight game it was little wonder the Lower breck bench celebrated the way they did.


In a game that had twenty two honest players contributing exemplary to an excellent incident free football match, probably the easiest game the match official will have taken control of  was soon to be spoiled by what next followed,  Bacup Borough’s defender Liam Sinn had unluckily passed the ball to a Lower Breck player, with the Breck player now advancing with the ball, Simm in trying to rectify his breach he committed a foul, nothing more than a booking, when the Referee came over and did take a red card out of his pocket, rightly so the Bacup Captain Adrian Bellamy approached the Referee, what followed next was mayhem, the Referee had left his yellow cards, so he had to go to his Assistant for his cards to then retract Liam Sinns red card and issued the yellow card, he then decided to red card Adrian Bellamy from which only the official knows why, so Bacup are down to ten men, the free kick is given to Lower Breck the ball is struck low, the wall jumps, the keeper is unsighted and with this the ball is in the net, all sheer madness created first of all by conceding a free kick but then the official producing the wrong colour of card, this did not end here  when Bacup’s Darcy O’Connor who was already on a booking asked the referee if he had stopped his watch following Lower Breck having kicked the ball away preventing Bacup taking a quick free kick,  to every ones surprise he pulls out a second yellow removing Darcy O’Connor from the pitch and Bacup down to nine men, how on earth  this happened in what was a really good game of football, complimentary to both sides, is beggars belief.


MANAGER REACTION: Disappointment at Vase Exit

Following Saturdays exit from the FA Vase, the Bacup Manager Brent Peters had this to say “ The fact that we have failed to progress in this seasons FA Vase Competition is not only a real disappointment to myself but by the reaction of my senior players following the game in the confines of our changing rooms it most certainly hurt them also, Peters added “ there can be no excuses, this was a national competition that offers prize money to the winners along the way, the rewards were great for the club but also the rewards can be good for the players with the ultimate prize being Wembley Stadium, yet certain situations that unfolded which ultimately resulted in goals, were scored because certain players failed to do enough in isolated situations to prevent the goals happening, Peters said “ even my two most experienced and reliable defenders that have been solid this season messed up in the opening minutes to gift Remyca an early lead, this said I have to question why when this situation unfolded it was at the top of the buy line that other players did not put themselves on the line in order to pull their team mates out of the mess they had got themselves in, this in itself disappointed me because no way that should have resulted in a goal position the breach started, Peters went on” when we got the equaliser through Michael Gervin we were very much in this contest so much so by the way we was playing I felt confident it would be us going in the hat for the next round, however what I did not legislate for was when Remyca forced a second half corner and my keeper seemed to lose concentration by pleading with the Referee for protection, claiming an infringement on him when the ball was delivered and following a reverse header towards goal he was not set right, although he did get an hand to the effort but could not keep the ball out of the net, Peters added “ I am convinced had he stayed focussed and give has much back he would have kept that ball out, it was from this moment very quickly our Vase dream was smashed when they got themselves two more goals in quick succession, Peters went on “ another disappointment has a Manager was the fact I made positive substitutions with another two strikers entering the field of play in order to get us back into the game, but when they fail to pick up the pace of the game and fail to get their basic’s right leaving potential good attacking opportunities too easily breaking down, then the subs turned out to be a negative rather than a positive and based on that in hind sight I maybe should not have brought them on, at the time it was the right thing to do but sadly they gave us nothing, Peters finished by saying “ every credit to Litherland Remyca when opportunities presented themselves they was clinical, but once their second goal went in, we has a group drifted disappointingly further away from securing anything from this game “

MATCH REPORT: Bacup Vs Remyca FA Vase

Bacup 1-4 Litherland Remyca

Borough bow out of the FA Vase after defeat against Premier Division Side

By Matthew Lawson


Ahead of the eagerly anticipated FA Vase tie Boro Manager Brent Peters was forced into changes due to a number of injuries in the camp.

He handed full debuts to Defender Liam Simm and Forward Micah Evans. Evans who came off the bench last week to set up Holding for his goal against Chadderton.

Remyca were ahead after Two minutes, not the start Peters’ side would have wanted. The goal came following some wide play from the Remyca forward who turned and beat Esdaille for pace on the byline, he came inside and put it on a plate for Colin Quirk who tapped home from close range.

Borough almost had an instant reply, great build up play from the kick off saw Josh Walne burst down the right and played in Micheal Gervin who’s first time shot was scuffed and was easy enough for the goalkeeper.

Bacup were back on level terms midway through the first half, it was sloppy defending from the visitors and an error from the Goalkeeper allowed Michael Gervin to stroke home from the edge of the box as the Keeper was out of position and could do nothing about it. 1-1

That’s how the first half ended, neither side went close in the last 20 minutes of the first half as they went in to the half time break with the scores level at 1-1

Ten minutes into the second half Remyca retook the lead in this cup tie, a header from a corner beat a seemingly unset Monahan in the Borough Goal.

With 25 minutes remaining Borough were in the search of another equaliser, Peters had made two attacking changes but it was the visitors who found the back of the net for a third time.

There was still time for a 4th Remyca goal as Jevons managed to fire past Monahan high into the roof of the net from close range.


That was that for Bacup’s FA Vase run as the were knocked out by Litherland Remyca, attention now re focuses onto the league, they face Lower Breck away. It was a tight 0-0 stalemate when the two sides met at the Westview last month, let’s hope Borough can get back to winning ways and get another 3 points on the board.



On behalf of everyone associated with Bacup Borough Football Club we send our sincere condolences to our First Team Coach David Felgate, his wife Lynn who’s Mother sadly passed away earlier this evening, our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.


MANAGER REACTION: Bacup Vs Chadderton

Following Saturday’s disappointing defeat off Chadderton, I spoke to the Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters to get his view on the game when he had this to say.
“ Before I talk about Bacup I want to make it abundantly clear I am not in any way intentially being disrespectful to Chadderton who in my opinion worked hard for the points and with that work ethic they got what they deserved, however after our previous weeks Gold Star performance I did make the point that this game must not be a case of after the lord mayors show, something it really did turn out to be, Peters added “ prior to this game on addressing the players I spoke about the recent negative results Chadderton had been getting, in some cases they have been on the end of some heavy defeats, I made the point that this would inevitably change but we must ensure the change did not come against us, Peters said “ like I told the boys we are not going to win every game but the games we lose in, we must be satisfied that collectively every one of us have given our all, if this happens and we lose, then it is hands up, on the day we have been beaten with a better side, Peters went on “ this was certainly not the case in this game, from last week’s top drawer performance, some players have gone from hero, to zero, this is what really has disappointed me, how can a team be so dominant, clinical, sharp, highly competitive one week to the opposite the week after? Only the individuals to whom I am referring to know if they have prepared right for the game or have they taken a blazay attitude, it must be the latter, what I do know is when one has witnessed what this team are capable of, to witness an abject performance on Saturday is not only not acceptable but extremely disappointing, , Peters went on” we had more than enough to have blown our opponents out of sight, we didn’t because of attitudes, players must learn, you cant turn it on and turn it off, despite the fact we did not get to the great heights of the week previous, we still had enough in us to comfortably have got something out of this game, we easily could have done, we did not and due to this we have paid the ultimate price of dropping three home points and with this losing our unbeaten run at home.
Peters said “ we were very much laboured all over, we were very poor in midfield, given there was only one forced change in that area from the previous game with Darcy O’Connor suspended, so how those players can go from a top performance to a rock bottom one in seven days and not having had a midweek game, really is mind boggling and up top too many times we flattered to deceive, Peters said “ do not get me wrong it was not the entire team, Josh Walne put in an honest shift, has did Issac Curness having made the step up from our u21s and playing in an unfamiliar role, Adrian Bellamy, Laquan Esdaille and Davison Banda also came out with credit has did our Keeper Lewis Monoghan, although I do have to question why the ball was heading back to our keeper from the position we was in and why our keeper did not quickly come out to make it difficult to the Chadderton player for their opening goal, I put that down to bad decisions from both individuals, Peters finished by saying “ I will tell you, & Coach David Felgate will tell you, this team is oozing talent but when attitudes are wrong talent is nothing “


MATCH REPORT: Bacup vs Chadderton

Borough taste defeat at the hands of Chadderton

Bacup 1-2 Chadderton

By Matthew Lawson

It was a slow start for Borough but they did have the best chance of the first half of the first half as Anthony Hall and Matthew Dell linked up well with Hall going close with a left footed shot which was well saved by the Chadderton keeper Hadlow.

The visitors then took the lead on the half hour mark, Ryan Shenton slotted past Monahan in the Borough goal.

Borough could have had an equaliser if it wasn’t for former Borough man Nathan Tayo, Michael Gervin produced a delicate right footed chip over Hadlow with the ball heading into the back of the net, Tayo hooked it clear.

With very few chances at the beginning of the second half it was on the hour mark when we saw the next goal, the visitors doubling their lead through James Dwyer’s right footed shot.

With 15 minutes left on the watch, Borough halved the deficit through Substitute Louis Holding who tapped in from 6 yards out.

Bacup went in search of an all important equaliser but Chadderton were equal to everything that Brent Peters’ side through at them.

Bacup Team vs Chadderton: Monahan, Curness (Evans), Banda, Esdaille, Bellamy ©, Walne, Brooks (Holding) T.Hendley, Gervin, Dell, Hall

Unused Subs: Rhodes, Simm, Marie

Borough are at home once again, this time as they fave Premier Division outfit Litherland Remyca in the FA Vase on Saturday 15th September. 3pm Kick Off


Bacup vs Chadderton

Today Bacup faced Chadderton at The Brian Boys Westview Stadium. Unfortunately the boys ended up on the wrong side of a 2-1 defeat.

Borough turn their attentions now to their FA Vase fixture against Premier Division Side Litherland Remyca on Saturday 15th September.

The game is a home game for Bacup. More details will follow this week.

Also the Match report for today’s game will be available online early Sunday evening


We would like to thank Alan Smith of Padiham for his donation to the club, he will now become our Match Day Ball Sponsor for Saturday’s home game against Chadderton.