FORMER SPURS STAR HAD NO BEARING WHAT SO EVER ON THE RESULT SAYS PETERS!
It was more our deficiencies in situations than the oppositions good play.
Ashton Town 6-Bacup Borough-2
Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Insisted the debut of former Tottenham Hotspur star Pascal Chimbonda had little or no effect on the out come of this game, in sighting his own players for their total lack of discipline and not having a winning mentality.
Bacup started this game in dominating fashion creating several really good opportunities created through the lively Matthew Dell, but sadly not getting converted, Bacup really should have been four goals to the good before Ashton Town got anywhere near the Bacup goal, in fact Town’s opener came from Bacup not pressing high allowing their defender to get his head up before sending a long diagonal ball which should have been easily dealt with by the Bacup rear guard but when Nicholas Alessandra got caught under the ball leaving a situation for the Ashton advancing player to attack the space unopposed before producing a clinical finish, not only was this a shock lead given how Bacup had started but the number of attempts Bacup had but failed to convert, one shot from the days hosts showed Bacup the way in finishing, this action was shortly repeated when following a Bacup attack, Ashton counter attacked, for the first and probably the only time in the game that Ashton’s star signing did make a telling contribution with a quality ball that found his team mate that again punished Bacup for not closing down with a first time shot that went in off the Bacup post, this really was a case of two shots and two goals in pro ratio of Bacup’s six attempts and nothing, it was no surprise that the Bacup Manager changed things at the break.
When the players returned for the second half we saw that Peters had pushed defender Adrian Bellamy further forward but at this stage no substitutions had been introduced, just like the first half it was Bacup having the majority of the ball, the rain was falling and the pitch in its entirety had disintegrated to a total bog, making any sort of football an impossibility, when a Bacup attack was cleared to thirty yards out, the ball was perfect for Nicholas Alessander to show just what he is capable of and did not disappoint when he struck the ball with such precision, the ball flew into the net giving their keeper no chance, could Bacup get their equaliser ? well, yes they could, another attack down Ashton’s left resulted in the ball coming across the box which Adrian Bellamy connected justifying his Managers half time move to push the ball into the net making the score line all square.
In all honesty at this stage there was only one team you would fancy to go onto win, that would be Bacup, however what no one can legislate for, is certain individuals not carrying out their duties which did result in the opposition gaining a flattering 6-2 score line, Ashton got their noses in front again when both the Right Full Back & Right covering Defender basically let the Ashton attacker go past them with ease before once again clinically firing past the Bacup keeper, then a needless free kick was conceded by the Bacup Right back from which Ashton punished Bacup for, then with another two embarrassing defensive calamities, Ashton punished Bacup to show them not only how to finish but also how to win football matches when the playing surface is not fit for purpose.
Manager Brent Peters Comments
“ All Season myself and David Felgate have done nothing but not only defend our players but also praise the boys, sadly there is no defending the in defendable following what happened in this game “ Both myself and David Felgate feel totally let down, we understand there will be defeats along the way in a nine month football season but it is the manner in which any defeat comes, Peters added “ this game soon become a National focal point given the fact such an high profile player had signed for Ashton Town, this really should have been a game that our players could show those that were Nationally interested just how good a team we are and irrespective of the pedigree of Pascal Chimbonda, his appearance should not have had any bearing, Peters went on” given the media circus pre match, given the result post match” it hurt me big time, more so given the fact that the Media made out that it was Chimbonda the reason for such an emphatic win” Peters said this is so incorrect and could not be further away from the truth “ Peters added “ we dominated that game , we had several really good scoring opportunities, the simple fact is, the player in question should have been more clinical, it was poor, out of possession, strikers know their responsibilities, it only needs one not to carry out those responsibilities, then we have a problem behind us resulting in over loads, this happened, when I see a defender on the score sheet and not from a set piece, I am questioning the strikers big time, “ in addition when we have defenders in position but fail to close the player on the ball down, allowing such player time, space to get his head up to deliver a quality diagonal ball is in itself not good enough, but when the defenders are not set and get caught under the ball for them to score is another thing, their second goal was another instance of a player not being closed and another instance of a player unopposed producing a clinical finish, Peters went on “ to be fair to our boys, following an half time talk and a tweet of our system, we actually get it back to 2-2, we were the dominant force, we fully deserved to be back in the game, but we really should have kicked on but instead certain defenders lost all of their discipline to the point that Ashton capitalised to score four goals, credit to Ashton for this, but some of what was going on at the back in terms of shape and in discipline was something I would cringe at seeing on the local recreation ground, never mind at a level where players are proven non league players and have played at an higher level” sadly this game was lost by bacup borough, NOT WON BY PASCAL CHIMBONDA OR ASHTON TOWN and this hurts “