MANAGER REACTION: On this day we were different clas

Following the 4-0 away win at Nelson The Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Had This To Say


“I was really pleased with the result but equally both myself and Coach David Felgate felt really proud of the boys not just by the fact they won the game ,but the cherry on the cake was the manner in which they won the game, we work hard with the lads on roles & responsibilities within team shape, not always do we get the team in its entirety fully carrying out their responsibilities, however against Nelson it is fair to say this the boys did fully as a team, it really was a polished performance from the lads, we looked a good well drilled side that each and every one of our player’s not only were aware of their own responsibilities but also that of their team mates, this to the extent that we was always in control of the game from the outset, Peters added “ we got ourselves in front which came from a quality delivery from Anthony Hall, two weeks ago I criticised my mid field player Darcy O’Connor for not heading the ball, well Darcy made sure he made me eat my words has this time he complimented the quality cross with a well placed header giving the Nelson keeper no chance, Peters went on “ no matter how much a team is in control of a game, the opposition will definitely have a good spell, it is how the team handles themselves through this spell which will probably dictate the outcome, well this game was no different, just before half time Nelson were having their best spell in the game, we only had a slender one goal advantage, it looked like we had lost this advantage when somehow our keeper Harry Turner pulled off a fantastic reaction save, it really was a top save, said Peters “ From witnessing a top save to witnessing once again one of Michael Gervins special free kicks from over twenty yards out, just like the save, the precision of Michaels kick was sheer quality, Peters added “ the football in our approach play leading up to our third goal from the penalty spot was really good on the eye, Nelson felt hard done by when a penalty was awarded only because Michael Gervin stayed on his feet but without doubt it was a penalty, Peters added “ Gervin was fouled, he stumbled in the foul but gathered himself but the foul was enough to put him off and the Referee was perfectly correct in  his decision, Anthony Hall made no mistake on two occasions from the penalty spot with two quality strikes,

Peters finished by saying “ irrespective of our goals and how they were executed, the bottom line being, on this day as a team we were different class, with this producing football you would expect to see higher up the leagues, the football was excellent, the goals and save were special, with this collectively, we fully deserved this victory “





By Matthew Lawson

It was a short trip this week for Borough from the Rossendale Valley to the town of Nelson for their North West Counties First Division match at Little Wembley.

Boss Brent Peters went with a mix of youth and Experience for Saturdays fixture.

Borough found themselves 1-0 up inside the first 15 minutes, it came following a intricate passage of play on the right hand side, when Walne and Hall linked up well. The later produced a wonderful left footed cross into the danger area inside the box where it was met by Darcy O’Connor who guided his header past the keeper from close range.

Harry Turner pulled off an unbelievable save just before the half hour mark to deny the hosts an qualifier, a header from close range was clawed away at full stretch by Turner.

Following some great persistence from Wing Back Josh Walne, Borough could have had a second of the afternoon on the 30 minute mark… Hall played a superbly weighted ball down the right, Walne got to the byline and neatly pulled the ball back for Michael Gervin who was lurking at the edge of the box, unfortunately his right footed effort was blocked by an out rushing defender.

Following a string of great chances for Borough they were unlucky not to go into the half time break with more than a one goal lead.

As the second half began Borough looked to up the tempo and were 2-0 up 10 minutes in. A surging run from O’Connor was brought to an end as he was fouled on the edge of the box. Gervin stepped up right footed and routed the keeper as if flew past the wall into the back of the net.

The hosts then found themselves down to 10 men, midfielder Charlie Lloyd was shown a second yellow card and given his marching orders by the Referee.

Moments later Borough had a penalty, Gervin tried to stay on his feet following contact in the box but the referee pointed to the spot as he saw there was no advantage to be gained. Anthony Hall and as he does finished superbly with his left foot, sending the keeper the wrong way to make it 3-0

Borough continued to frustrate their opposition as they were able to keep a hold of possession for large parts of the game, reducing Nelson to shots from Distance when ever then managed to get the ball of the lads in White.

Bacup were awarded a second penalty of the afternoon, this time from A Darcy O’Connor freekick, the man in the middle of the jumping wall raised his hands and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot for the second time. For the second time in the afternoon Anthony Hall made no mistake as it was a carbon copy of his first. Left footed sending the keeper the wrong way.

Brent’s side were unlucky not to have a fifth, as a surging run from Josh Walne saw him in the opponents box, he unselfishly laid the ball into the path of Kyle Brooks but his effort was saved by the keeper at his near  post.

Following such a positive performance the lads will look to take that in to their next fixture which is at Home to Daisy Hill FC on November 3rd 2018

Bacup Team vs Nelson

Turner, Walne Bellamy © Esdaille, Banda, Dell, O’Connor, Alexander (Brooks), Gervin(Ruocco), Hall (Holding), Evans

Unused Subs: Rhodes, Simm

MANAGER REACTION: ‘Despite defeat I must credit my lads’

Following The Game The Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Had This To Say

Despite a disappointing defeat I must credit my lads for their character they did show in an attempt to rescue the game from three nil down, Peters added “ from my point of view I am extremely disappointed with every goal we did concede, the Penalty was really harsh, no way was my defenders arm in a position it should not have been in, the Referee did us no favours what so ever in that decision, not that I would want any favours but it really was an extremely harsh decision, Peters went on “ the Avro second goal “ credit to their scorer, their lad showed an hunger and desire to aggressively get in to force the ball into the net, this despite the fact there was three of my players around the one Avro player, had those players have shown that same desire to clear the ball has the Avro did to score, we would still be in this competition, Peters went on “ And the same could be said for their third goal, ok our keeper should have done better with the initial effort but I have to question why my defender to whom was on hand to clear was away with the fairies whilst their striker reacted brightly to finish ? Peters added” When I was starting off Coaching in the game I was privileged to have worked alongside the late Walter Joyce, one of the biggest sayings he had for the young boys starting off in the game was “ BRIGHT MINDS “ something in those two instances my players failed to have, Peters went on “  Following these set backs I was pleased with what I did see, I was really impressed with not only Micah Evans’s contribution when he came on but his overhaul attitude, I was also pleased with our two debutants, Alessandro Ruocco did have a bright mind and awareness when scoring from their keepers miss fortune, he showed what myself and my coach believe, that he is a goal predator,  and I also was pleased with the contribution and quality finish from Alexander Nicholas, both players will, I am sure prove to be valuable additions to an already talented squad, sadly in the earlier parts of this game our talent did not shine like we know it can, but I suppose you have to give credit there to Avro to whom ensured by what ever means they were never going to give us that chance to play, however some of our players have got to be prepared for more games like this and the physicality, I do not have a problem with it, but it seems some of my players do, Man up I say, after all football is a physical game”



Bacup Borough 2-Avro 3

Penalty Hoodo Turns The Screw For Battling Boro

For the second week running in tightly contested game the deadlock was broken from the penalty spot, the last time these two sides met six goals were shared in a 3-3 draw, the outcome of this game was another five goals in this action packed game.

The game was barely ten minutes old when Bacup defender Liam Simm got himself body blocking a fiercely struck shot, it seemed a good brave block but when the Referee pointed to the penalty spot and after stating it struck the defenders arm, it seemed a really harsh decision to say the least, up stepped Avro’s Louis Potts to shoot his team into an early lead, has the game progressed towards the half time break chances for both sides were limited leaving both teams leaving the field at the break with the penalty decision separating both sides.

The second half got underway, Avro doubled their lead through with what can be only described as poor defending when the visitors won a corner, a Bacup defender missed his kick when attempting to clear, in the scramble following this Bacup managed to clear for another corner, it was from this corner that with three Bacup Borough Players around the one Avro player, yet it was the one Avro player that reacted first to force the ball over the line, from Manager Brent Peters reaction from the touchline, he left his players in no doubts that it was really poor defending, it was not too long before Peters made a change when he introduced debutant Nicholas Alexander a big strong lad to bolster his sides physicality.

Bacup found themselves surprisingly three goals to the worst when the Bacup keeper in dealing with an effort did fail to push the ball away from the danger area, whilst there was a Bacup defender on hand to clear the danger, his slow mindset in reacting did get punished when Liam O Brian was very much alert to quickly advance past the last defender to smash the ball into the net.

Bacup Manager Brent Peters introduced Micha Evans and Matthew Dell into the action with Micha Evans since his introduction in getting on the ball and with this becoming the catalyst in wave of Bacup pressure, this pressure paid off when another debutant Alessandro Ruocco  was alive to a bad kick from the Avro keeper, Alessandro was quick to capitalise on this and despite not the best angle to score from, the Italian striker made no mistake,  Bacup now started to have their best spell of the game with sheer domination, constantly amounting attack after attack, Adrian Bellamy was also pushed further forward in a search for their second goal, this did come when Avro conceded a free kick at the edge of their box but not central, up stepped substitute debutant Alexander Nicholas who did bend a curling left foot effort into the corner of the Avro net, it really was game on now, with constant Bacup pressure the Avro team at every opportunity tried to kill the game with lots of time wasting antics, this only brought more minutes on the clock for Bacup to get that one goal to take this tie to penalties, the goal unfortunately did not come, Avro progressed in the competition, but Bacup can take a lot of pride in the way they almost dragged this tie back from the jaws of a defeat.

MATCH REPORT: Bacup 0-3 Longridge

Bacup 0-3 Longridge

Richie Allen proves the difference as a strong Borough are beaten on Non League Day

By Matthew Lawson

Despite all the rain the day and night before the fixture, the pitch was looking good and ready for 90 minutes of North West Counties footballing action.

With the blustery wind inside the Brian Boys Westview Stadium it was tough for both sides to play any kind of ‘football’ Longridge playing into the wind and Borough had the wind behind them in the first half.

Josh Walne came closest to opening the scoring for Bacup, his well struck right footed shot was turned away for a corner by the diving Town ‘keeper. That was all before a Quality save from Borough goal keeper Henry Turner to deny Jay Hart from close range.

Anthony Hall then had a chance to give Bacup the lead as he came in from the right hand side and curled a left footed effort, but it was straight at the keeper Dovey who was equal to the effort.

Just after the half hour mark, Longridge took the lead from the penalty spot, Richie Allen was fouled on the edge of the box, he picked himself up and put the penalty into the bottom corner.

At the half time break Borough went in one goal down but they certainly weren’t out of this fixture.

Some Great football from Borough in the opening moments of the second half as Anthony Hall did  well to find Micah Evans at the back post who knocked  it down to Jimmy Constantine who couldn’t manage to make full contact with the ball as it looped into the keepers gloves

On the hour mark though, it was 0-2 Richie Allen with his and Longridge’s second of the afternoon. There wasn’t much the ‘keeper Turner could do as Jay Hart squared it for Allen who calmly slotted it home right footed.

Bacup came close to getting a goal back, Micheal Gervin floated in a free kick towards the back post, the keeper flapped at it but did enough to deny Adrian Bellamy at the back post.

The fans behind the goal thought Borough had found a way back into the game, following a corner from the right, it was met by a Borough head and was destined for the back of the net, until the man on the post got an outstretched foot to the ball and cleared it off the line.

With 5 minutes of the game to play, Longridge had a third and so did Richie Allen, hard and low into the bottom right hand corner.

Bacup Team vs Longridge: Turner, Walne, Bellamy ©, Simm, Banda, Rhodes (Ruocco), Gervin (Dell) , Constantine, O’Connor (Brooks), Evans, Hall.

Unused Subs: Curness, Holding

Bacup are at home again on Saturday 20th October as they play host to Avro FC in the first round of the macron Cup


Following the Longridge Defeat I caught up with the Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters who had this to say “

The boys have just had an intense twenty eight days of fixtures against tough opposition from which I am proud of our young team that have come up against tough physical opposition but apart from the Longridge set back we were four games undefeated during this period, this coupled with some stunning football that we played along the way, Peters added “ our Saturday opponents in the League Challenge Cup Avro we were absolutely stunning for seventy minutes at their place, with this we stormed into a three goal lead before half time, only to concede a 75th minute penalty  and two really stunning strikes which got Avro a draw from the jaws of a defeat, Peters added “ Thursday prior to the Longridge game we took on a determined AFC Blackpool, we did come out on top in a seven goal thriller with Captain Adrian Bellamy returning to the side following a two match ban with a brace which included a last minute winner, Peters went on “ with less than forty eight hours following the Blackpool game our boys were back in action again against Longridge a team challenging at the summit of the division having scored something like fifty plus goals in their opening eleven matches, this was always going to be a big ask, especially with experienced defender Laquan Esdaille missing out of the line up, but it was a challenge we were always looking forward too, Peters added “ I must admit though when I was stood at the gate with my counterpart, the  Longridge Manager Lee Ashcroft when his experienced striker Ritchie Allen walked in, I was some what sceptical given that for the past two seasons Ritchie has been scoring regular for Salford City and prior to this for AFC Fylde, I did think the worst and to be honest my worst thoughts turned out to be my correct thoughts, in all honesty it was Ritchie Allen that was the only difference between the two sides, Peters added “ for thirty five minutes there was very little to choose between either side, we got back into shape well affording our hosts the ball at the back, whilst they had the ball in that area quite a lot, they were not in any way hurting us, in fact I felt we were comfortable, the keeper count was one-one with both keepers having made equal very good saves, so in the main I was quite happy, Peters then pointed out “ however no matter what level you perform at, when two very good sides lock horns it is usually nip and tuck for both sides, it is usually the team that makes the wrong decision which leads to the deadlock having been broken that finds themselves chasing the game, Peters added “ well this is exactly what happened to us, we were high up the pitch with the ball wide of their goal just outside the box, Josh Walne could have drilled the ball hard and low or he could have committed players, the other option was to loft the ball into the direction of Darcy O’Connor screaming for the ball has he advances towards their penalty area, Innocently “ Josh went for the third option, Right ball but wrong player I ask myself ? the next thing they break on us and we are defending our box when stupidly Darcy stuck a leg out, lad goes down, penalty given and converted, Peters added “ This was a bitter blow, it was a tight game and tight games hinge on this sort of action, Peters went on, “ All though it was only a slender one goal deficit, never the less, the longer the game goes on, the more we have to go for it, on the day this turned out to be our downfall has in certain situations, the well experienced and football educated Ritchie Allen proved always to be more advanced in thought and play to the point that the three goal deficit was really mainly down to Ritchie, the boy scored a well deserved hattrick, has for our boys “ they can take a lot of heart from their performances over these past few weeks, but whilst they were all disappointed with the result on Saturday, they could have learnt a lot from watching the master Ritchie Allen in action, his movement, his link up play and his timing of his runs and finishing was really something else “

MATCH REPORT: Steeton Vs Bacup

Steeton 1-2 Bacup Borough

Borough through to next round of Cup

By Matthew Lawson

Goals from Michael Gervin and Matty Dell were enough for Brent Peters men at Cougar Park to see them through to the next round of the First Division Cup.

Following Wednesday nights 6 goal thriller against Avro. Borough were on the road again, this time in Keighley as they faced the test of Steeton AFC. Borough would be looking for a repeat result of their league fixture earlier this year as they ran out 5-1 winners at The Brian Boys Westview Stadium.

Bacup started brightly and could have been ahead after 2 minutes, a ball over the top from Simm to Dell resulted in a knock back to Gervin but his shot lacked any power and was easy enough for the keeper. A great move.

Borough did get themselves ahead, with 10 minutes on the clock, Micheal Gervin skipped through a number of Steeton players before placing his right footed shot from the edge of the box past the Steeton ‘keeper into the bottom corner. A quality individual goal once again from Gerv.

Since the Goal both sides upped the tempo, the hosts came close a few times through their number 11 but he couldn’t find the target with his volley at the near post, The same player had a free header just before the break but luckily for Bacup it was directed way past the post.

At half time, Bacup were in the driving seat and went into the break 1-0 up.

Brent’s men started the second half lively, a perfectly weighted ball from Dell found the ever running Darcy O’connor but he didn’t make full contact with the ball and he scuffed his effort, this allowed the Steeton defence to clear any danger.

Just past the hour mark, Micah Evans replaced Anthony Hall. You’ve heard the phrase ‘impact Sub’ well this is exactly what this was, Evans put into action exactly what Brent and Dave had said to him prior to his involvement in the game. He dribbled past the full back on the left hand side, cut in and squared the ball for Matty Dell who’s first shot was well blocked by the centre half, but the rebound fell straight at Dell’s feet who made no mistake the second time around and leathered it past the keeper to make it 0-2.

Borough could have had a third in the last 15 minutes, a delicate lofted Ball into the box from full back Josh Walne was into the path of O’connor who tried his best to deal with the bobble off the surface but he could only put his effort into the side netting.

With 5 minutes left to play at Cougar Park the hosts got a goal back, to set up an intense end to the game, a soft freekick was given away by Liam Simm on the by line close to the corner flag, the hosts took the freekick as if it as a corner, a floated lofty ball to the back post was met by their Centre Half Steven Pearson, who’s downward header beat the Borough player on the line to make it 1-2.

Following the goal Borough just controlled the game and kept possession and held on to their one goal advantage to see themselves into the hat for the next round.


Bacup Team vs Steeton: Mendes, Walne, Bellamy ©, Esdaile, Simm, Banda, Gervin(Brooks), Constantine, O’Connor, Dell, Hall (Evans)

Unused Subs: Rhodes, Curness, Holding


Bacup’s next game is at home on Thursday 11th October against AFC Blackpool.

MANAGER REACTION: our young cubs became tigers on the day and that I loved

Following Bacup Borough’s excellent 4-2 win over Cleator Moor Celtic, the Bacup Manager Brent Peters had this to say


“  This turned out to be a good day for us on many fronts, but it certainly did not start this way, with two vital experienced players missing in Captain Adrian Bellamy and Darcy O’Connor both suspended, it was a chance to give my younger players a chance, with Young Kyle Brooks returning from injury and Liam Simm from our u21s slotting in at the back, it was a good test against a good strong Cleator Moor Celtic, it was also a good test to see if we could ride the loss of two influential players, the good positive end was we did not miss them at all, the boys once they got going proved to be masterful replacements, Peters added “ our visitors had not had their best trip to Bacup having been travelling for well over two hours, it was vitally important that we hit them hard from the beginning, that was the plan but it certainly did not work out this way when it was Cleator Moor Celtic that hit the ground running, pressing us all over the pitch, it was our visitors that dictated the pace of the game, something I was certainly not happy about, I was even less happier when we conceded and the manor with which we conceded, half time could not come quick enough “ Peters added “ I think it is fair to say some players had some harsh words ringing in their ears going out for the second half, Peters added “ it is one thing dishing out harsh words, it is another thing if we get a reaction from these words, pleasingly we did, the second half saw a different Bacup Borough taking to the pitch, we saw a Boro side stepping up the pace, being competitive and with this being clinical, it was all good”  Michael Gervin took over the captains role from Adrian Bellamy, the half that he played, the fact he personally picked up the baton and ran with it, the fact that he not only complimented the captains role with his performance but also with such brilliance by the way he executed two of his three goals”  Peters went on “ I was fortunate enough to have witnessed  sometimes the frustration that the great George Best brought to us but also the sheer brilliance at times that he would produce to go on and win the match for his team, George Best was the best, but let me tell you Michael brings much the same to us, one minute in this game I am getting frustrated with the boy, the next I am standing applauding two exquisite individual goals, they really were something very special, Peters added “ it is just a shame we are a club not blessed with money which means we are unable to invest into the latest technology such has video equipment, it is with great shame these goals were not recorded for the boy to look back on with such fond memories, believe me they were class “ Peters finished by saying “ This win was a special win, not just because of the quality of the goals but by the fact our Cumbrian guests were strong, competitive and showed a complete desire to get something out of this game, but after a not so good first half, our young cubs became tigers on the day and that I loved “







Manager Brent Peters gave new signing Harry Turner his debut in the North-West Counties First Division North clash with Cleator Moor.

Kyle Brooks and Tom Hendley came in for the suspended duo of Adrian Bellamy and Darcy O’Connor.


Both sides took their time to get into the game and both had chances to take the lead in the opening exchanges, Boyne heading just over was Borough’s best chance of the first half an hour. The deadlock was broken just after the half hour mark through Cleator Moor’s Full Back Stuart Shaw as his floated cross eluded the young Turner in the Borough goal.

Turner made a number of quality saves to deny the visitors a second goal in the first 45 minutes.

Minutes before half time Anthony Hall came inches close to an equaliser for Bacup after he and his strike partner Boyne linked up brilliantly, resulting in his left footed effort going just over the bar. Leaving the score 0-1.


Whatever boss Peters said at half time needs bottling up, his side came out re-energised and a different animal.

5 minutes into the second half Borough were level through captain for the day Michael Gervin, it was a superb individual goal as he danced around a couple of defenders before hitting a powerful right footed shot past the keeper Rule.

Borough had a second shortly after, Gervin again causing the Cleator Moor defence more trouble as he skipped inside the box and was clipped as he looked for a pass into the feet of a teammate. Anthony Hall stepped up and smashed his left footed spot kick past Rule who dived the wrong way.


On the hour mark the visitors were back on level terms, a square ball across the box was tapped in by Adam Meagan but the linesman on the far side appeared to have his flag up but the referee gave the goal and with half an hour to go the score was 2-2


The scores weren’t level for long as, Michael Gervin came up with another goal of the season contender for his second and Boroughs third of the afternoon. Gervin controlled the bouncing ball just inside the Cleator Moor half before looping his half-volleyed effort up and over the stranded Rule in the Celtic goal. It was a special strike to put Bacup back in front with 20 minutes left on the clock.


Bacup were resolute in defence, getting in the way of anything the visitors through at them. Subsititues Dell and Holding gave them fresh legs up front to chase down any Borough clearances. With minutes left on the watch Borough broke on the counter through Matty Dell, his pace took him beyond the Celtic back line as he advanced past the half way line following a headed clearance from Esdaile, Dell was in one on one with the goalkeeper and as he went to shoot he was clipped by the recovering defender and the referee had no choice other than to point to the spot for the second time In the game. With Anthony Hall being substituted earlier on, the spot kick was taken by Michael Gervin, who stepped up and smashed it right footed into the roof of the net to seal his Hattrick and give Borough all three points.




Bacup Team Vs Cleator Moor Celtic: Turner, Banda, T.Hendley, Esdaile, Simm, Walne, Brooks, Constantine, Gervin ©, Boyne (Dell) , Hall (Holding)


Unused Subs: Marie, Rhodes, Monahan