Following the Defeat At Darwen I spoke To The Bacup Manager Brent Peters Who Had This To Say


“ Given the form we have been in, the fact that we have been clinical with in our finishing having scored seventeen goals in six matches during the month of December which has brought us four wins it was disappointing to end not only the month but the year on a loss, Peters added “ Like I have said to the players on many occasions we will not win every game, we will suffer defeats along the way but it is the manner in which we get beat is what both myself and Dave Felgate will be looking at, The Darwen game we got off to the worst possible start by conceding a penalty with less than five minutes on the clock, this from a situation that we was in control of the ball, the fact we put the ball in the air instead of on the ground was a bad decision and one that ultimately cost us, Peters added “ the same could be said when we conceded our second goal from our free kick at almost at the edge of the Darwen Penalty area, there was several issues that need addressing from this situation, Peters added “ we struck their defensive wall, they cleared, the ball ends up towards our left side of the pitch from which our sitting midfielder on this free kick was competing for the ball but did come out second best, now this is where I have to have a massive inquest, at this point two of our three midfield players were still high up the pitch and making little or no effort to get back when smelling the danger, in addition our covering defender operating in the opposite channel, he also had not got back in, given the fact the ball went through two phases down our left before getting switched to our right into the space vacated by us where there striker ran into before receiving the ball and scoring from that area of the pitch, then without doubt I have to question the lack of desire from those players in question in not getting back in order to nullify any danger, Peters added “ we go on all of the time about roles and responsibilities, both in and out of possession, so when players fail to undertake their roles and responsibilities, it is little wonder their position in the team comes under scrutiny.

Peters continued “  Credit to Darwen they worked really hard pressing us all over the pitch, competing for every ball, they never gave us a chance to get into our rhythm, in fact it was nineteen minutes in before we got any creditable move going, by this time we was already two goals down,  Peters went on “ this said and despite us not playing with our usual tempo and possession we still had created enough opportunities to have come in at the break 3-2 to the good, when both Bobby Carter and Anthony Hall put their efforts wide of the target I got that feeling that this was going to be one of those games, that is exactly how it ended up being,  Peters said “ Going in at the break two goals down, having not played our usual penetrating football, missing chances, given their full backs were getting too much joy in their possession for my liking, it was inevitable there would be a change of shape at the break, Peters added “ I had to relinquish a defender to introduce a striker, I understand the frustration of the departing player at the break but it was apparent this change was needed, from this we had basically a second half of dominance , but again we failed where it mattered in front of goal, some situations I must credit their keeper, but other situations we should have been more composed and with this wrapping the game up.

Peters finished by saying “ despite this set back the lads have been different class over these past few weeks, as we keep saying we have a good bunch of young talented footballers proven by an intense December having played six games winning four, loosing two, scoring seventeen goals conceding eight, Peters added” Happy New Year To One And All The Future Is Bright “

MATCH REPORT: Darwen vs Bacup



Darwen 2- Bacup Borough -1


East Lancashire rivals Darwen took advantage of Borough’s off day in front of goal to claim all three points, Borough going into this game had scored sixteen goals from their previous five games but despite their numerous chances in this game to have claimed something from the game, finishing on this day certainly eluded the boro leaving the hosts to capitalise with a third minute penalty and a counter attack from a Bacup free kick.


Bacup got off to the worst possible start when defender Nicholas Alexander’s attempted a pass  into the channel for Josh Walne  which was cut out, the ball was put in behind the Bacup rear guard into the path of an advancing player, Bacup’s keeper Henry Turner raced from his line diving at the advancing players feet taking the ball but the referee felt he also took the man from which a penalty was given and converted by Darwen’s Pond,  from this early set back Bacup struggled to get into any sort of rhythm, this was down to the work ethics of the Darwen players to whom worked tirelessly all over the pitch ensuring Bacup did not get into any sort of passing moves which has been the catalyst from their previous excellent performances.


If this was a bad start it got worse for Borough before it got better, Bacup won a free kick at the edge of the Darwen box, the kick was struck against the Darwen wall, the ball was cleared up field, Bacup’s deepest midfield player young Kyle Brooks headed across to do his best to contain the breaking player but got out battled down Bacup[s left before the defenders  seemed to drop off affording the advancing player ground  before he found his striker Pond who had pulled into Bacup’s right side of the pitch, with no defender in that area Pond was able to capitalise on the space before firing past Turner in the Bacup goal.


From this point had Bacup had not have constantly miss fired it could easily have been 3-2 to Bacup at the break, Bobby Carter shot wide, in another move a mix up between the Darwen keeper and his defenders leaving the ball to run kindly for Anthony Hall who surprisingly sent his effort the wrong side of the post when it looked far easier to score, then Kyle Brooks found Bobby Carter who spotted the Darwen keeper off his line, Carter lifted the ball over their keepers head but agonisingly the ball dropped just over the cross bar.


With Bacup two goals down at the break and never really getting going Bacup Manager changed his team shape relinquishing a defender and with this introducing another striker in Matthew Dell, if nothing else this put an immediate stop to the Darwen full backs having the joy they had in the first half going forward, Bacup had more of an attacking threat themselves in the second half, when Michael Gervin burst into the box before making the Darwen keeper make a quality save, it was destined not to be Boro’s day, more so when once again the Darwen keeper made another quality save, this time from Anthony Hall, then in another Bacup attack Michael Gervin picked out the advancing Adrian Bellamy who’s first time effort went just over the bar,  Bacup introduced two more substitutes in Jordan Wilmore replacing Darcy O’Connor and Lowis Holding replacing Bobby Carter, it was Holding that Bacup a lifeline when he went in an attempt to head a ball in on the keeper who missed the flight of the ball, punching Holding accidently, this was enough for the referee to award Bacup a penalty from which Bacup’s Anthony Hall converted,  in the closing minutes Bacup should most definitely have got the equaliser when Davison Banda had found himself  in front of goal, he seemed to have done all of the hard work in controlling the ball before wildly firing over  from close range, this miss just about summed up the kind of afternoon Bacup were having in front of goal.

Credit to Darwen for their work and endeavour but had Bacup had been their usual clinical selves, this game would have been well out of Darwen’s reach.

MATCH REPORT: Shelley Vs Bacup ‘Battle of the Roses’

Borough FOURMIDABLE In The Battle of the Roses


Shelley 1-  Bacup Borough-4


Bacup made new ground on Boxing Day when they made the journey over the Pennine’s into Yorkshire for a battle of the roses and did not disappoint.


Bacup started brightly bringing a stunning save from the home sides keeper when Josh Walne struck the ball goal bound following good link up play with the menacing Matthew Dell but it was Shelly that took the lead, Bacup were in possession of the ball on the right with Davison Banda, his wayward pass up the line to Matthew Dell went out of play for a Shelley throw, the ball went across midfield with the Shelley player getting the better of Walne and Bellamy before crossing, the advancing Shelley player coming down Bacup Borough’s left found himself in space with enough time to pick his spot,  this set back seemed to spur Borough onto a different level in producing some stunning football , with it came four well taken goals all before half time,  Striker Bobby Carter got Bacup back on level terms following Captain Adrian Bellamy recycling the ball into the path of Josh Walne to whom found Carter to finish.

It was not long before Bacup got themselves in front when Michael Gervin battled hard to win the ball from his Shelley Counter part in midfield before attacking the space with an excellent penetrating run into the box before placing the ball into the corner of the net making it 2-1 to Bacup, at this point Bacup just ramped up the pressure with constant attacks against their Yorkshire opponents to whom was struggling to contain them, this brought a penalty which Anthony Hall finished before Hall himself adding the fourth which was another quality finish.


The Second half got underway of which credit to Bacup despite what Shelley did throw at them, they soaked up the pressure really well not allowing their hosts in finding a way back, whilst at the opposite end of the pitch both Adrian Bellamy and Darcy O’Connor went close leaving the final result being from the damage inflicted during the first forty five minutes.


Bacup Team   Turner, Walne, Banda, Bellamy, Alexander, O’Connor( Willmore) Hall( Holding) Brooks, Carter (Rhodes) Gervin, Dell.   Sub Not Used  Harrison Leach.


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MANAGER REACTION: ‘Coming towards the end of 2018’

Following the victory against Carlisle City, I spoke to the Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters who had this to say.

“  Coming towards the end of 2018 I have plenty of reasons to be cheerful, the first being at the conclusion of the previous season to the start of this season the emergence of young talent from our Youth structure to whom these boys the likes of Oliver Crew, Louis Holding, Ben Rhodes, Isaac Curness, Kyle Brooks & Harrison Leach have all made the progression to be regular’s in the first team squad, this has been achieved not only by the fact they are talented boys but talent alone will not get you where you want to be, what will help them along  with their talent is hard work  and dedication coupled with a strong mentality, these boys have proved those ingredients,  Peters added” Young Kyle Brooks at seventeen is doing exceptionally well, the fact Kyle got the winning goal against Carlisle City, that really was the cherry on the cake from what has been consistent quality performances from the boy since his return following a recent injury, Peters added “ we are a young squad with the exception of our experienced Leaders in Adrian Bellamy and Laquan Esdaille, Darcy O’Connor, Rees Welsh  Nick Alexander, and Michael Gervin, it is incredible really has Anthony Hall having played at this level for the past six seasons could be classed as experienced, yet Anthony is himself still only a spring chicken,  not only are we a young squad, we are a group of excellent young talented footballers with good honest attitudes to which have produced some excellent performances and results in the first part of this season, Saturday’s win against second placed Carlisle City epitomize exactly this, there was individual skills, there was excellent skills produced within the team structure has the boys played with a togetherness & enthusiasm against a well drilled side that has basically been at the top end of the table from the beginning of the season, our forward play was good and at times exciting, the goals executed were well made and finished, Peters added “ whilst there is still a lot of hard work still to be done in the next sixteen or so weeks I have reason to be cheerful that these boys have got themselves at Christmas within two points of fifth place in the League Table, the boys and their Coach Dave Felgate deserve a lot of credit for their hard work together, after all what is achieved on the training ground will carry on into their games, this we are seeing the fruits of, Peters went on  “ I have also reason to be cheerful at the fact that following the work that R PEEL Ground Care did carry out on the playing surface in the summer, we have not had a first team home postponement between August and the turn of the year, this most certainly must be a first since my involvement with the club, so all in all I am extremely happy that on the field and the progression the club is making coupled with our Youth structure that we are very much heading positively in the right direction, if I have one slight disappointment, it is the lack of support we are getting, results apart, in terms of the football these lads are producing, it is well worth the admission fee alone, they are a special bunch.

On this note I would like to end by wishing our official partners, contributors, supporters, players, staff, coaches a Happy and joyous Christmas.

MATCH REPORT: Bacup 3-2 Carlise City


Bacup Borough 3-Carlisle City 2


Seventeen Year Old Kyle Brooks was the un sung hero in this Christmas Cracker, not only did  Brooks finish the all important goal but he actually started the move from the edge of his own penalty area where he broke following a City Corner, before linking play and then providing the all important finish which has put Bacup Borough within two points of fifth place and finished their final home game of 2018 with a win.


Carlisle City who are second in the league will be ruing their early opportunities when on a couple of occasions they had got themselves in behind the Bacup defence but lacked that finishing, however fifteen minutes in, a long high ball into the direction of Josh Walne who headed the ball towards Jordan Wilmore who had made the decision to go beyond Walne, the ball was given away, from this the opposition went forward and took the lead,  but like has happened in previous games Bacup have proved that set backs make them more determined, no exception here when Rees Welsh from the left played a ball into Anthony Hall who with a clever bit of skill flicked the ball around the corner into Michael Gervin who then drove into the City Penalty area before being completely taken out, there was never any doubt that this was not a penalty, up stepped the provider, Anthony Hall, whilst his initial shot was saved the ball came back to him, at the second attempt Bacup were on level terms.


The game was very much end to end stuff with some really good football being executed by both sides on a pitch that was becoming more difficult with the amount of rain having come down resulting in a lot of other games having been called off, despite this Bacup continued to play football and utilise their pace, Matthew Dell & Josh Walne did combine well before the final ball going into Anthony Hall who’s clever quick feet, first one way and then the next way before slotting the ball past the Carlisle keeper to give his side a slender lead


Bacup most certainly should have made it three goals before the break and with this give themselves a two goal cushion, Josh Walne played an excellent weighted ball in behind the City defence for Matthew Dell  who ghosted into the space afforded by City, their keeper came out to close the angle, Dell went around their keeper, he had chance to compose himself before striking but hurriedly once around the Carlise stopper he snatched at his shot with the ball going agonisingly wide, at this stage Bacup were enjoying plenty of possession with several players stepping into area’s all wanting a piece of the action, however this proved to be their downfall when Jordan Wilmore seemed to run into a body of players, has the player goes to ground looking for a free kick which the official was having none of, City played one straight ball forward which caught the defensive unit completely not together, the City player found himself in space has he broke through before finishing, given the chances Borough had prior to this goal, going in at the break all square must have been a disappointment.


With no changes at the break, Bacup with the same starting eleven soon found themselves off the hook when failing to put pressure on the ball giving a City player the opportunity to hit a thunderous shot which struck the Bacup bar before bouncing back into play from which City reacted first but not before committing a foul from which the Referee awarded to Bacup which gave them the chance to relieve the pressure.


Soon after Manager Brent Peters made a change and with it a sight tweak to the shape of the side, Josh Walne who had taken a couple of earlier knocks was replaced with striker Bobby Carter, following this change it seemed to change the dimension by reducing the pressure off Bacup Borough’s rear guard onto that of Carlisle Cities, Bacup’s Michael Gervin was fouled deep into the City half, Michael Gervin himself took the kick from which Captain Adrian Bellamy stretched in an attempt to connect with the ball but could only manage to put the ball over for  a goal kick,  with time going on and the game evenly poised, there had to be total concentration from either side, as any mistake leading to a goal would be difficult to come back from,  Carlisle pushed Bacup back and forced a corner, from the resulting corner has the ball drops at the edge of the box, Kyle Brooks took the ball away from the danger attacking the space out in front of him before releasing for Matthew Dell who drove into the box, once the opportunity seemed to have gone for himself to finish, he found young 17 year old Kyle Brooks who finished masterfully sending the West View faithful and players into raptures, make no mistake this was an hard fought determined victory for Bacup Borough in what turned out to be a Christmas Cracker from which Carlisle City played their part.


Bacup Team

Henry Turner, Darcy O’Connor, Adrian Bellamy, Davison Banda, Joshua Walne( Bobby Carter) Jordan Wilmore ( Nicholas Alexander ) Kyle Brooks, Rees Welsh, Michael Gervin, Matthew Dell, Anthony Hall


Substitute’s not used   Louis Holding, Benjamin Rhodes, Harrison Leach.


MANAGER REACTION: St Helens vs Bacup

Manager Brent Peters Comments following his sides goal spree, when he had this to say


“  The fact we scored six and to be honest it could have been more really did not surprise me, too many times we have been guilty of over playing in and around the opposition  box which has resulted in excellent opportunities eluding us, almost every game now my Coach Dave Felgate sends them out with the words “ shoot “ ringing in their ears, they are told if the opportunity presents itself get your shots off, do not over play, so in this game has the saying goes “ they bought the raffle ticket ( shooting) and won the prize ( GOALS) the boys listened and by listening they got their rewards, so hopefully now they will shoot more often, Peters then said “ whilst it is creditable and rewarding to score six goals but it was far from being a gold star performance, we scored our goals all at the right time which probably cemented over other issues, for instance at three nil St Helens pull a goal back, not by there good play but from our sloppy play, when receiving a pass you move towards the ball, this did not happen, the receiving player waited for the ball which was then dispossessed, bad play!!  From this defensively we were not together, there was that much space their lad that finished was in space with no defender within a defending position to challenge, that was poor!! Another point was for the first quarter of the game we constantly kept going back to our keeper, this invites pressure, it also given the conditions makes for mistakes at the wrong end of the pitch, Peters added “ Josh Walne proved both mine and Dave Felgate’s point to just put a ball in behind their rear guard into space when attacking is by no means a wasted ball, this is one reason we select boys with pace, athleticism is massive in today’s game, we got our third goal from this situation when Josh did just that and Alessandro finished, Jordan Wilmore deserves credit when at nil nil he makes a good off the ball run forward, by making such run he got himself in a position to score and he also did not disappoint, Peters added “ I loved the lead up to Anthony Hall’s penalty, the lad got onto the ball from a deep position and made a really positive run, I love players that will quickly turn defence into attack very quickly, it was Ant’s positivity that got us the penalty,  Our fourth goal just shows another reason of what can happen when you get your shots , Michael Gervin shoots, keeper pushes the ball out and young Kyle Brooks was on the front foot to finish, Peters added “ if we over play in that situation, I guarantee we do not score, by delaying opponents have more of an opportunity to  get men back behind the ball, Peters went on “ Matty Dell scoring very early onto the re start of the half will just about knocked any remote belief St Helens had of getting back into the game, out of them, credit to both Matthew and Josh has both second half goals had some similarities the biggest being they were well struck shots.

Peters finished by saying “  when we played with belief, when we played with positivity, when we played with a tempo,  we looked what we are,” a very good side”, when we slowed the game down, when we would constantly take the easy way out of continually going home to our keeper when the opportunity was clearly on to open up in order to switch play, we looked vulnerable to the point we was inviting the opposition, once Jordan Wilmore opened the scoring, quickly followed by the Penalty quickly followed by Kyle Brooks finish, all goals coming at vital times ensuring anything negative in our play was not in any way going to hurt us,  My final words of credit goes to both sets of players, Management, Officials and spectators for braving the horrendous over head conditions, on the day they all were the real winners “




St Helens 2-Bacup Borough 6


Bacup Borough went on a goal spree in the Acro frame Stadium with goals from Jordan Wilmore, Anthony Hall, Alessandro Ruocco, Kyle Brooks, Matthew Dell, & Joshua Walne, whilst there could have been more goals in favour of the visitors, St Helens themselves could have also added to their goal tally such was how much this game was stretched almost from the off.


Bacup opened the scoring when Midfield player Jordan Wilmore made an off the ball forward run, if ever the saying being in the right place at the right time rang true, it was in this game as Wilmore was in the right place at the right time when the ball found its way to him, Wilmore composed placed the ball into the space at their keepers right, this was what it needed to burst the borough into life, it wasn’t long before their lead was doubled when Anthony Hall from a deep position, well into his own half received the ball and then made a magical penetrating run right through the opposition midfield, driving into their box, whether it was frustration from the Saints defender or just naïve defending, what ever it was the defender sent Hall to the floor leaving the referee with no option at all but to point to the penalty spot.

Anthony Hall got himself up stepping forward before finishing the spot kick and doubling his teams lead.

Constantly during the first half you could hear the Bacup Bench urging the players to play the ball into the space left behind the Saints rear guard, it was little wonder when Josh Walne playing on the right in close hear shot of the bench responded to their instructions with a glorious weighted through ball into the space behind, just the kind of service that Bacup’s Italian striker Alessandro Ruocco thrives on, once he had arched his run ensuring he was on side he opened up with pace to get onto the ball, the Saints keeper closed the angle but the moment their keeper committed, Ruocco slipped the ball under their keeper to score, this was only Alessandro Ruocco’s second start to the season but with two goals in his two starts is beginning to prove what came with his scouting reports the boy  is a naturel finisher.

The three goal lead was short lived as slack play between Davison Banda and Jordan Wilmore left a saints player the chance to intercept before finding their most influential player in space, completely unmarked before slotting the ball past Turner in the Bacup goal.


Was this going to be a nervy few minutes before the break? It could easily have been but when Anthony Hall got onto the ball before finding Michael Gervin who’s powerful shot was pushed away by their keeper but only into the path of the advancing midfield player Kyle Brooks to score his second senior goal of the season, making it St Helens -1-Bacup Borough -4 at the break.


The second half got underway, the weather overhead was not getting any better, the only saving grace the surface was 4G otherwise without doubt this game would have become a victim of the weather,  when Bacup Borough’s Matthew Dell got onto the ball down Bacup’s left, pushing the ball out in front of him before striking the ball with such ferocity which curled away from their keeper into the top corner making it five, I do think at this stage the saints would have given anything for a postponement, being a plastic pitch it was never going to happen, so when Josh Walne on the right flank got onto a similar ball has Matthew Dell, he drove on  before going around a defender, he then committed their keeper before striking to make it six, the game was well and truly over, credit to St Helens despite this they never gave up in what was horrible overhead conditions made easier to handle when you are winning and more difficult when you are loosing, the home side kept going and did manage to pull another goal back making the final score



Manager Brent Peters Had This To Say


Whilst the result was disappointing, I cant actually feel that we did not play badly because we didn’t play badly, far from it, however in some games you have that bit of luck that is required, in other games that bit of luck eludes you, or you make your own luck, then there is the situation of decisions by match officials, this brings me to the effort from Anthony Hall just after Half Time, from our technical area it looked like the ball had crossed the line, but if I am being honest I really don’t think the assistant had a clue because it happened just after half time, it was a shot taken early, I think it caught the assistant by surprise to the point he was not sure himself, Peters added “ and whilst on the subject of officials, Holker’s opening goal, whist it was a good quality strike which was also wind assisted, it should never have been a free kick in the first place, Darcy had won the ball pushing it out of play, the player against Darcy was on top of Darcy, it was a good clean challenge, the Referee see’s it differently which resulted in the free kick which resulted in their opening goal, so as you can see a team can play well, but if situations on the day go against you, has frustrating this maybe, we have just got to dust ourselves down and go again, we must not let this result affect us from the good work and results we had achieved prior to this game”


MATCH REPORT: Holker vs Bacup

Borough blown away in Cumbria

Holker Old Boys 2- Bacup Borough -1

The atrocious weather conditions played a massive part in the out come of this game, despite the heavy downpours the rain surprisingly managed to stay off during the course of the game but the gales failed to die down resulting in farcical conditions.


The Holker pitch runs away from top to bottom given the wind direction blowing the same way the home side kicked down the slope in the first half, with the wind on their backs it is fair to say the home side mastered the conditions better than Bacup did in the second half, Holker opened the scoring from what seemed a fair ball winning challenge from the Bacup Borough midfielder Darcy O’Connor, inexplicably the official saw it differently and awarded the home side a free kick just outside the Bacup half, the home sides player used the wind to his advantage, given the Bacup keeper was one foot off his line, the ball was delivered, what would have been under normal circumstances an easy situation to deal with, there was enough gap for the ball to find its way into the net,  this goal lifted the home side in putting in some extraordinary team work ethics in order to keep what they had got but when their winger had drifted off the flanks into a more central position before connecting to a cross from the Bacup left in order to double their lead, the home side was more than determined to ensure this game was never going to be taken away from them, even when Bacup managed to get a goal back before the break following a terrific through ball which Anthony Hall latched onto before being hacked down in the penalty area giving the referee no option but to point to the spot which was masterfully converted by Hall himself, Holker was never going to lye down.


Bacup had a great opportunity to equalise right on half time with an excellent penetrating run from Matthew Dell from deep to getting to the bye line before pulling the ball back for Bobby Carter but Carter had made the decision to continue his run, leaving the pull back meaningless and the opportunity had gone.


The second half proved to be a real frustrating forty five minutes for Bacup who themselves now had the wind behind them but in many ways failed to adjust has time after time from their own keepers kicks was the ball constantly continuing out of play,  at the start of the half Bacup’s Anthony Hall looked to have got the ball into the net when he took his shot early which struck the inside of the post before the Goal keeper could retrieve, the Referee looked at his assistant to whom gave no indication that the ball had crossed the line,  further opportunities did present themselves for Borough but it was evident that lady luck was leaning on the side of the home team to whom managed to get over the line with the three points they were very much desperate for.