Following Bacup Boroughs progression into the quarter final of the League Cup I spoke to Manager Brent Peters who had this to say

“  I am delighted for the boys that they have progressed into the quarter final of this cup competition, however I would not be doing my job if I do not give an honest assessment when asked, the fact you are asking me, I will tell you truthfully that we  got ourselves out of jail, Peters added “ I have on several occasions stated we have an excellent young talented squad, however has my Coach David Felgate said to the boys just before they entered the pitch, he quoted “ Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard  “ to be honest that basically summed up our afternoon, we had the talent but in a lot of instances our talent did not work has hard has that of Barnton our visitors, Peters added” credit where credit is due our opponents

May not have possessed the talent we have, however they worked extremely hard in pressing us all over the pitch which caused us some problems, Peters added “ given the opportunities that came their way there is no doubt they will have been wondering how on earth they lost this tie including penalties from which they had at one stage a 3-1 advantage, Peters went on “ I must give surmounting credit to our Goal Keeper Harry Turner who once again when we needed him, the boy was focussed enough to massively play his part, at 2-2 in normal time on more than one occasion he produced vital one v one saves and in the Penalty shoot out at a time when they just had to score to go through, he pulled off a good save from an equally well struck spot kick, Our Captain Adrian Bellamy put in a top leaders performance, scoring our equaliser and converting his spot kick, I also must credit Anthony Hall who played throughout in absolute pain with Toothache but this did not stop the boy producing a piece of individual brilliance and an excellent finish to get us on level terms after Barnton had opened the scoring disappointingly having gone through our midfield unopposed and being left to run at the heart of our defence, certainly not acceptable, equally it was Anthony Hall that put in a quality ball for Adrian Bellamy to finish to take the tie to penalties, I would also like to give all the boys that put themselves forward to take a spot kick credit, Michael Gervin, Darcy O’Connor, Adrian Bellamy all had pressure kicks and did well with positive finishes, given we had clawed our way back from the jaws of defeat the real pressure penalty was left to Laquan Esdaille who just could not afford to miss, this was the kick that would see us through, Laquan finished with an excellent strike and real composure, for that he also comes out with tremendous credit, along also with his contribution in the ninety minutes.

Peters finished by saying “ over the past few seasons We have lost some good people that have passed, people that were close to Bacup Borough, today they must have been watching down on us with kindness, has we certainly rode our luck  on more than one occasion “

MATCH REPORT: Bacup vs Barnton


Bacup Borough 2- Barnton-2

( Bacup win 4-3 penalties)


Bacup Borough progressed to the quarter final of the North West Counties League First Division Cup but not without several scares along the way in what was an evenly balanced game with two teams going head to head.


Bacup got off to their worst start they would have wanted conceding an early seventh minute goal, it started when their player was gifted the opportunity to run through Bacup Borough’s midfield to the heart of their defence before finishing, it was a poor goal to say the least, but their lead was short lived when Bacup Borough’s Anthony Hall did produce a

really good piece of individual skill with a class finish, Hall collected the ball on Bacup Borough’s left in the Barnton half, with several players in front of him Hall danced his way through progressed into the penalty area before placing his shot past the Barnton keeper.


This was the catalyst for Bacup to kick on but sadly this did not happen, an early warning came when the Bacup rear guard failed to deal with one long straight ball which almost let Barnton in for a goal to retake the lead, whilst at the opposite side of the ground  Anthony Hall found himself in a great position yet again and with a chance to have doubled his sides lead only to see the advancing Barnton keeper throwing his body in and with this blocking the effort.


Both sides battled it out until the half time break where the scores remained 1-1.


The second half got underway, it was not long before both sides were getting rather frustrated with the official keep stop starting the game, rather than letting the game flow, the Bacup Manager Brent Peters was spoken to when following a Bacup Borough break, the Referee heard a remark made by one of the opposition, he immediately stopped play to deal with the culprit but much to the frustration of the Bacup

Borough Manager who felt play should have carried on,  then coming back to deal with the player in question, by this action he did rob Bacup of any advantage.


It was Barnton that got their noses in front once again, this time following a Bacup Borough Free Kick deep into the heart of the Barnton half from which Barnton went route one to clear any potential Bacup Borough danger, with the ball dropping Bacup Borough’s Jimmy Constantine attempted to bring the ball down, very quickly he was closed down, dispossessed leaving the advancing Barnton players to attack the Bacup goal before finishing.


This paved the way for Manager Brent Peters to introduce two more strikers in Louis Holding and Alessandro Ruocco  as well has pushing his Captain Adrian Bellamy further forward in an attempt to salvage something from the game, Bacup Borough won a free kick at the edge of the Barnton penalty area, this was all about the delivery, With Bacup now with plenty of bodies in the box, Anthony Hall put in an excellent ball, just perfect for the Bacup Borough Captain Adrian Bellamy to connect with his head and guide the ball past the helpless Barnton keeper to put his side on level terms and send the tie straight to penalties.

Full Time 2-2



Barnton won the toss to take the first penalty, up stepped their first taker to convert, Bacup Borough’s Michael Gervin levelled,  Barnton converted their second, this paved the way for Anthony Hall to whom has a 100% record from the spot but despite this, the Barnton keeper had obviously done his home work  has he guessed right to save the kick, Barnton stepped up again and converted, Rees Welsh stepped up for Bacup and his kick cleared the ground leaving the scores 3-1 to Barnton,  up stepped another Barnton player and with his kick, he did identical to Rees with his ball over, Bacup’s Darcy O’Connor stepped up to convert, Barnton need to convert this next spot kick in order to go through, but Bacup’s Goal keeper Harry Turner produced an excellent save to keep his side in the contest,     Next up was Barnton who’s player struck the post, this put all the pressure on Laquan Esdaille  to step up to win it for Bacup Borough, this he did leaving Bacup snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

MANAGER REACTION: This was always going to be a difficult game

Following the Bacup Victory against Ashton Town, The Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters had this to say “ This was always going to be a difficult game, made even more difficult with the experienced absentee’s from my starting line up, this said I am really happy with the quality we have in our squad in depth, so this was an ideal opportunity to once again test the squad, would we be found wanting or would we just kick on, pleasingly we kicked on, this really does make me proud because it is a young talented squad with little experience of this level of football, Peters went on “ With Micah Evans not available it was an ideal opportunity of giving young Bobby Carter his first start, I was pleased for the boy when he opened the scoring for us, Rees Welsh also took his goal well, Peters added based upon the first half there was very little to separate both sides, although I did think we had the edge in terms of possession and chances, Peters went on “ The saying goes, goals change games, well not only do goals change games, they change the mindset of players, so not long into the second half when the Referee was conned hook line and sinker following their player going to ground in an action that I can best describe as  delayed action from a minimal touch, I was astounded and I am sure the majority of the ground was when the official awarded Ashton a penalty which they converted, this seemed to lift our visitors to another level, credit to my boys they competed every part of the way, we got ourselves back in front following a good goal through Rees Welsh, I honestly did not think we would gift them another opportunity but how wrong I was when our Matthew Dell seemed to be caught ball watching allowing the attacker to advance into the space in front of Matty, this put Matty out of the game has he was wrong side to compete for the ball from the cross which ended up in our net, it was disappointing and terrible defending, Peters went on “ People always make assumptions that Strikers win teams football matches, well having witnessed our Goal Keeper Harry Turner pull off the most unbelievable save with the scores at 2-2 and the clock winding down, then for me it was that save that gave us the perfect platform to go on to win the game, Peters said “ at one point we had to withstand a lot of Ashton pressure, they sent more men forward but the boys kept their shape well and defended resolutely, the rest was left to Anthony Hall and Captain Adrian Bellamy, Anthony was firmly on his toes to quickly disposes their defender who was caught dwelling on the ball, Anthony did then pass to Adrian Bellamy who himself had a lot to do but in typical Captain fashion he used all his experience to beat their advancing keeper and shoot his troops into the lead and win the game, Peters finished by saying “ to concede so late in the game with not enough time to come back at us, this was great for us, I did feel for our opponents has they had worked hard and had come back twice in the game, so to leave with nothing is hard to take, however the turning point was not Adrian’s winner it was the terrific save from Harry that ensured we had a platform to go onto win a game that throughout Ashton Town made us work tirelessly hard for everything we got, this was a terrific win against a strong resolute side “

MATCH REPORT: Bacup 3-2 Ashton Town



Bacup Borough 3- Ashton Town -2

Bacup Borough took all three points in what turned out to be an evenly contested game with Ashton Town but how things might have been different but for a stunning save from Bacup Borough’s young goal keeper with the scores at 2-2.

Manager Brent Peters was without four of his regulars with Defender Laquan Esdaille, Midfield player Nicholas Alexander, and Striker Micah Evans all unavailable and young Kyle Brooks injured this presented an opportunity for striker Bobby Carter to make his first start since returning from Steeton, Carter could not have wished for a better return when a quarter of the way into the game he latched onto a loose ball before finishing well shooting his side into the lead, despite the home sides slender lead there was very little to choose between the two sides in an evenly balanced half with minimum opportunities for both sides  although following a Bacup free kick after a foul on Michael Gervin which Michael Gervin did take himself and did have the Ashton keeper needing two attempts to secure the ball into his possession.


Half Time 1-0

The second half was a different story with four goals shared between the two sides, Ashton got the break they were looking for not long into the half when the Ashton player was running away from goal at the top of the penalty area heading towards the adjacent field with Rees Welsh to his left and Bobby Carter to his right the player went down like the farmer in the adjacent field had shot him, if ever a referee was conned, well this was it much to the astonishment of the Bacup faithful a penalty was awarded, converted and with this Ashton on level terms,  it was not long before the home side restored their lead following a free kick in the Ashton half, the ball was worked from right to left involving Jimmy Constantine and Davison Banda who found Rees Welsh who took on a couple of players before cutting inside and finishing well to restore the lead for Bacup.


Ashton were not finished here, following a move down Bacup Borough’s left a deep cross was put in eluding both Bacup’s centre backs, astonishingly Bacup’s Matty Dell who was Bacups furthest covering defender had allowed a player to drift in front of him, leaving the player nestled between Bellamy and Dell, with Dell being the wrong side at this point he was helpless  to offer any challenge leaving their player with the simplest of finishes unopposed and with this putting his side back once again on level terms.

Two come backs from Ashton gave them the belief that they could go onto win this game, pushing more men forward with Bacup now finding themselves on the defensive, struggling to get out of their half, it looked like it was game over when a quality ball was put in from Bacups right, when their striker connected with a well placed bullet header into the top corner to Harry Turner’s left, their striker was immediately celebrating, their bench was on their feet also celebrating, then suddenly young Harry Turner leaped like a salmon to push the ball for a corner which was defended, this save was really something special, given the time on the clock, it would have been debatable whether the home side would have been able to have come back from this had Ashton had scored, they didn’t, Bacup pushed on in search themselves for the winner and when the lively Anthony Hall coming off the blind side to disposes a dithering defender, he played a superb ball into the path of Captain Adrian Bellamy who had found himself high up the pitch from his usual centre back roll, has the keeper desperately came out in an attempt to thwart any danger, The Bacup Captain used all his invaluable experience to shoot home the winner for his Bacup team and with it three valuable points, the game could have gone either way, the difference to separate two determined teams was an high class save from the Bacup keeper at one end and a top finish from Captain Adrian Bellamy at the opposite end.


Prestwich Heys 3-1 Bacup Borough

Battling Borough beaten by Heys


Prestwich Heys go through and will meet Bamber Bridge in the next round of the LFA Trophy.

Under the lights at Adie Moran Park, Borough faced Prestwich Heys, a side who took all three points following a close 1-0 win in the season opener in August.

Borough made a bright start to proceedings, after Michael Gervin played an eye of the needle pass in behind the Heys back line into the feet of Matthew Dell who cut in onto his right foot, only to see his effort go inches wide of the mark.

Going into the midway point in the half, there was nothing to separate either side, it was a battle of the midfields and both teams were enjoyed large amounts of possession but the opposition were equal to everything the opponents through at them.

The best chance of the half came 5 minutes before the interval, Micah Evans had his initial shot saved following a great run inside to get passed a Heys Defender, the follow up shot from Darcy O’Connor was blocked on the line and turned away for a corner. The resulting corner from Anthony Hall came to nothing.

Borough started the second half how they ended the first, on the front foot, Davison Banda found himself free in the middle of the park having exchanged passes with Gervin and from the edge of the box he tried to bend one left footed but it was straight at the keeper and an easy save.

Evans as ever showed willing, he found him self unmarked at the back post, Hall whipped one in and Evans’ left foot volley was inches wide with the keeper beaten.

On the hour mark the deadlock was broken, a ball in the midfield wasn’t dealt with, and there popped up The Heys number 11, Wilson-Heyes, set himself with a touch off his chest and volleyed beyond Harry Turner in the Borough goal to make it 1-0.

The hosts had a second, it came from nothing, Wilson-Heys found the net for the second time in the game, his miss-hit right footed strike wrong footed Turner and went beyond the keeper.

Following the hosts doubling their lead the game was all Bacup’s and the next attack Borough had, they won a penalty through Anthony Hall, it was great link up play from the recently introduced Bobby Carter and Hall, the latter burst into the box and was hauled to the ground and the referee had no choice other than to point to the spot. Hall picked himself up and made no mistake with the spot kick as he sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 2-1 with 20 minutes to go.

Matty Dell came close for Borough as the game entered the last 15 minutes, the lads through everything at Prestwich but couldn’t find the back of the net, both Gervin and Carter were unlucky to not of equalised for Borough but the keeper was equal to both efforts.

With 5 minutes of normal time remaining Borough did get the ball into the back of the net through Bobby Carter, but the referee had already blown for a could against a Bacup man following a mele in the box.

More drama ensued in the final moments with the referee in the middle of it again, this time Appeals for a second Borough penalty came from both players and fans around the ground, following a goal mouth scramble the Heys defender appear to scoop the ball away from the line with his hand but the ref and his assistant waved play on.

The referee found himself in the spotlight again seconds later, following a Borough free kick, he was advancing with play and lost his footing colliding with Gervin as he went for the loose ball in order to try and create something for Bacup in the closing stages. But from this the Hosts countered through Heyes who sealed his Hat trick with a right footed shot past Turner to make it 3-1 and put the game beyond Bacup.

Bacup Team Vs Prestwich: Turner, Brooks(Holding), Bellamy© Esdaille, Banda, Dell, Gervin, Alexander (Constantine), O’Connor, Hall, Evans (Carter)

Unused Sub: Curness, Rutter

MANAGER REACTION: the belief, the attitude…that really does please me

Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Spoke Following The Game When He Had This To Say “  Given how this game panned out I am happy to be leaving here with one point in the bank, it really could have been three points lost, so we must be grateful for small mercies, that one point ensures we are still on an unbeaten run, Peters added “ we got off to a perfect start by getting ourselves in front, I must credit  first of all the match official to whom played a superb advantage after Nick Alexander was fouled and secondly the alertness of Anthony Hall to take the ball and the rest of their defenders and goal keeper on before slotting the ball into the net, Peters went on “ despite the fact we did take the lead, I was far from happy with our approach play, we are normally total football but for some reason in this game certain players kept lumping the ball forward, this rather than shortening our game by finding a pass, by lumping the ball forward we are taking away all of our own strengths which is close control and intricate passing, with a means of course,

Peters added “ I have said it before and I will say it again now, if our midfield as a unit are not on it, the team will not be on it, sadly our midfield has a unit was not at their best, I am not referring to certain individuals, I am referring to the entire midfield unit, for instance, when following a free kick their goal keeper can knock one straight ball into their strikers feet, I have to question why was the nearest Midfield player ensuring he is covering their front mans feet ? no way should that be allowed to happen,  the shot from distance that rattled the under side of the bar, again where was the Midfield in closing that down so that shot is not an option ? again just prior to them scoring their second goal, their player was allowed to dance on the ball before shaping his shot past our keeper, so again I have to question the time and space that player was afforded, then their third goal the lad just left my left sided midfield player to pick himself up off the floor, Maybe I should give their boys credit by the way they executed their three goals, but in reverse of that and more to the point, my boys just cant give players that much time or space,  Peters then said “  What I am happy about is the character the boys did show  even at 3-1 down, there was a total belief in them all that we had enough talent in the team to turn this negative into a positive, this they did and this I just cant praise the boys enough, once again I am pleased the way Anthony Hall has responded since both myself and Coach Dave Felgate have worded him, he is listening and producing and that is all we ask, Michael Gervin whilst did not have the best of games, the boy is exceptional when he can turn that bit of magic on and this he did at a crucial time in the game, it was Michael’s magic that brought the penalty and Anthony Halls conversion that earned the boys a vital point, so once again the character, the belief, the attitude, the talent of this young team brought them something from their efforts and that really does please me “

MATCH REPORT: Chadderton 3-3 BACUP



Chadderton 3 – Bacup Borough -3


Bacup Borough came back away from Chadderton with a well earned point, however it was close to going horribly wrong, this despite taking a first half lead through Anthony Hall.

With Josh Walne and Liam Simm & Ben Rhodes missing through injury & Davison Banda out with work commitments, Manager Brent Peters welcomed back Darcy O’Connor and Reese Welsh into the starting eleven.

In a tight first half it was Bacup that did take the lead, this followed with the Referee playing a good advantage after Nick Alexander  was fouled in midfield, with the player in agony on the floor, the lively Anthony Hall got onto the lose ball before driving forward, the Chadderton keeper did advance towards Hall but he cleverly went around the keeper before slotting the ball  into the empty net, this goal apart nothing really happened for either side leading upto the half time break leaving Bacup with the slender lead.


The second half got underway from which it was not long before Chadderton getting themselves back on level terms, the goal came about when Bacup Borough’s  Michael Gervin conceded a free kick deep into the Chadderton half, the kick was taken long and straight into the Chadderton strikers feet, he then turned, from a situation that seemed well covered the ball was shot across the Bacup keeper into goal, this goal lifted the home sides approach to the game from which they suddenly stepped up the pressure, with this almost taking the lead when a shot from thirty five yards out with the Bacup keeper beaten was saved by the fact the ball struck the underside of the cross bar before Bacup returned the ball to safety, At this point the home side were really turning the screw on Bacup, when the Chadderton player had enough time to twist and turn at the edge of the Bacup penalty area before shaping the ball into the far corner of the net to make it 2-1 to the hosts,, if this was not bad enough for Bacup, it got worse when Reese Welsh came out second best on Bacup Borough’s left before the lad got down the byeline to then make it 3-1 to Chadderton.


It was evident something needed changing in order to kick start Bacup back into this game,, Manager Brent Peters introduced substitute striker Bobby Carter replacing Micah Evans and Midfield player Jimmy Constantine replacing Nicholas Alexander, with this the shape was changed and Bacup went full on in an attempt to get themselves something from the game.


Bacup won a free kick  which Anthony Hall shaped with quality into a crowded penalty area, amongst the melee that followed Bacup’s Darcy O’Connor got the vital touch over the goal line to kick start Bacup’s comeback..

This was the first time in the game that we have witnessed the football we have been accustomed to by Bacup, in the closing minutes of the game it was that player Michael Gervin producing another piece of excellent ability when he picked up the ball in the left channel before pushing the ball through the Chadderton’s Right Full backs legs, advancing into the penalty area where he was brought down right in front of the match official, a penalty was awarded and up stepped Anthony Hall to convert earning his side a fully deserved point.


MANAGER REACTION: ‘Another good day at the office’

Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Comments Following Their 4-2 Victory Over Daisy Hill


“ There was good and bad and excellent in this game, to score early is always an excellent time to score, this settles the team down and with this does give us a platform to go out and express ourselves, however the bad was, not once, but twice in quick succession from us taking the lead we concede, we concede down from the same side, with the same defender being involved with both goals, the lad in question is under normal circumstances a good composed defender, but in this game he was has erratic has the bucking bronco we had for my twenty years celebration, Peters added “ his isolated performance for me must not be held against the rest of the team to whom I did think did well, the excellent thing was, the rest of the boys pulled him through and it really could be said actually got him out of the mess that he had got us in, that in itself pleased me has it should what all teams should show, that is the desire to help out their team mates at a time of adversity, this rather than to destroy them into submission where I am left with no other option but to replace the player, I have to say from the boy starting badly he got through it with the help of his team mates to finish quite positively.

Peters went on “ I was pleased for young Kyle Brooks he has patiently waited for his chance to start the game following his past few being on the substitutes bench, he stepped into the role, that of unavailable Darcy O’Connor really well and to cap a very good performance he opened the scoring for us by being bright around the box, he was a big plus, Peters then said “ also I am pleased  by the way Nicholas Alexander has settled into midfield especially with his goal contribution which is two in three, I was also pleased for Micah Evans to whom got himself on the score sheet, his work rate and contribution in other area’s of the pitch was excellent, so to score was the cherry on the top, Whilst it was a good team performance, I must congratulate Anthony Hall, at times these players hear me talk about picking up the baton and running with it, well if ever a player took the game to the opposition, it was Anthony Hall in the second half, the way that he was so positive by driving at players, by committing players, it was so good to see, his performance very much reminded me of Daniel Cocks a former player of mine, We just need Anthony to put this into his game week in and week out, consistency is the key, Anthony was exceptional in the second half, this I hope he can continue with, it is all about confidence and belief, both myself and my Coach Dave Felgate  will be giving him every encouragement to have that confidence and belief, he has got it, we just need to see it consistently, Peters finished by saying “ all things considered, it was another good day at the office, back to back wins and eight goals in two games is great to see “