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.