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”
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.