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 “




Whist in Blackburn Sunday morning with our under 10s, Club Manager Brent Peters and first team player and U10’s coach Josh Walne along with U10 player Harley Jack Peters took the opportunity to visit our club President Edwin Crook in the Royal Blackburn Hospital. Get Well Soon Edwin. ⬛️⬜️⬛️⬜️


We Wish Edwin A Speedy Recovery

It is weather like this we must look out for & help our Elders, sad to have to report our President Edwin Crook pictured with our Anthony Hall had a fall earlier in the week and is in Royal Blackburn Hospital in good spirits, we all wish you a healthy speedy recovery Edwin


Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Commented “   I have to admit having found out about Athrton’s issues, which forced them into basically a complete new side did concern me, these situations usually do not work out how we would like, having escaped some earlier scares opportunities we did, but should not have presented them with, which they most certainly should have scored, we went onto a comfortable win, I was pleased to see Ben Rhodes opening his senior team goal scoring account, Kyle Brooks put in an excellent all around performance in midfield, so for Kyle to score was the icing on the cake for the boy, Peters added “ I have to give the young Atherton side a lot of credit, they worked really hard throughout, in the opening exchanges they most certainly should have been ahead, we rode our luck at this stage, over the ninety minutes the young LR players deserve a lot of credit after their week that was, Peters finished by saying “ has for our boys, they could not do a lot more than ensuring they came out with the points against a team that was always going to be a potential banana skin, this we did, we scored another four goals, conceded none and got what we set out for three points, so job done.”

MATCH REPORT: Bacup vs Atherton LR





Following events of the past couple of weeks with the Atherton Club when the club suffered a League banning order over financial irregularities, this followed with their Manager getting the sack and several players leaving in support of their Manager, this left Bacup Borough in a no win situation regarding what ever team Atherton Turned out, this could have been the typical example of work rate will beat talent when talent don’t work, within the first fifteen minutes this busy young Atherton side did capitalise on wrong decisions  from experienced defenders Laquan Esdaille and Adrian Bellamy and when Darcy O’Connor took a bad touch yet another excellent opportunity dropped Atherton’s way before the home side had got going, more composed finishing in all situations for Atherton,Bacup would have been in trouble chasing a game they should never have been chasing,.


Once Bacup’s Darcy O’Conner got himself nestled between two defenders at the far post when the ball was delivered from the right, not only did this goal shoot the home side in front but any edgy moments that started in Bacup Borough’s game, this goal settled everything, this was quickly followed by a quality ball in from Bacup Borough’s Josh Walne that was complimented by the head of Adrian Bellamy giving the home side a two goal cushion at the break


Following the half time break Manager Brent Peters made his first substitution introducing Benjamin Rhodes replacing Lowis Holding, this was followed by striker Bobby Carter replacing Matthew Dell, it was the combination of Carter and Rhodes that got produced Bacup’s third goal, in a situation that Carter could have taken on their last man before going for goal but unselfishly Carter played the ball one side of  the LR defender into the path of Benjamin Rhodes, the run from Carter taking the defender away opened it up more for Rhodes to go on with a composed finish.


Bacup Borough scored their fourth with an Adrian Bellamy assist into Kyle Brooks to finish, Brooks scoring was a fitting reward for a fitting complete all around performance, Atherton LR can also take pride by the fact they gave the home side some nervy moments, and even forced a second half top drawer save from the Bacup keeper Henry Turner


Everyone at Bacup Borough would like to congratulate Anthony Hall for being awarded December’s NWCFL Divison 1 North Player of The Month. Anthony has had a tremendous first half of the season and has capped that off with this personal accolade.

During the month of December, Bacup Borough scored 17 goals in six matches, and Anthony contributed seven of these goals, coupled with two Man of the Match winning performances during the month.

While five of his seven goals have come from the penalty spot, it should also be pointed out that some of those penalties have come about for fouls on Anthony himself.

The opening game of the month, a 2-1 win at Daisy Hill, was the only game in the month that Anthony didn’t score, and his first converted penalty of the month came the following week in the 2-1 defeat at Holker Old Boys.

The following week away at St Helens Town, he scored another penalty in the 6-2 win and in the third game of the month he scored from the spot for a third time as well scoring from open play in the 3-2 defeat of Carlisle City.

He then turned in a repeat performance at Shelley on Boxing Day with two more goals, one from open play and one from the spot in Bacup’s 4-1 win and he rounded off the month by scoring with his 5th penalty of the month in the 2-1 defeat at AFC Darwen.

Bacup are playing some excellent football, and while this is a credit to the entire team, Anthony is the kind of player who excites the Bacup followers, and he can be very much a thorn in the opposition side with his trickery and quick feet. (Courtesy of the NWCFL).



MANAGER REACTION: We only have ourselves to blame



Garstang 1-Bacup Borough -0


Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters went into this game without the services of recently announced Player of the Month Anthony Hall who was out injured having pulled his groin and Matthew Dell another player that has been instrumental in helping Bacup to seventeen goals in six matches during the month of December, if this was not bad enough both influential players in Captain Adrian Bellamy and Michael Gervin did turn up but reported that both had been very much under the weather but to be fair both gave as much has they could to Bacup Borough’s cause.


Despite Bacup’s pre match set backs, it was Bacup that started positive with their usual penetrating style, however on eight minutes it was Garstang that won the first corner of the match, has the ball is delivered from the Bacup right into an area full of bodies, Bacup’s keeper made a decision to come over a body of players in an attempt to punch clear, this was an unusual bad decision from Bacup’s talented keeper has the attacking player connected before the fist to give the visitors an early lead.


Bacup had plenty of opportunities to get back on level terms, when a quality ball was delivered from Bacup Borough’s left into the advancing Bobby Carter, if he directs his header down, it is a goal all of the way, but frustratingly the header was directed straight over the Garstang bar,  Bacup did keep pressing, Michael Gervin broke away from his marker in the centre of the park before driving into the box, this before a Garstang defender took him clean out and a penalty was awarded, oh how well Manager Brent Peters would have longed to have his usual penalty area on the pitch rather than watching from the side, Vice Captain Michael Gervin took the responsibility which was easily saved, another disappointing moment.


Garstang had very few opportunities has it was Bacup constantly in the ascendancy but in one of the very few moments they broke from midfield, this is where Harry Turner redeemed himself when he bravely dashed off his line preventing the home side doubling their lead,  with half time fast approaching another great opportunity came Bacup Borough’s way when Josh Walne delivered an exceptional quality ball in, advancing was Bobby Carter, who connected with the ball only to see a glaring opportunity of an open goal with the ball flying up over the bar, had the player have had five on his back and not nine we would have been complimenting a terrific defensive stop, it was really disappointing for Bacup to be going in one down at the break.


With no substitutes at the break but Bacup Manager did tinker with his team shape by pushing Captain Adrian Bellamy further forward, once again the second half typified the first half, all Bacup Pressure, with less than five minutes on the clock Bobby Carter who was on side when he made his run, but when the Assistant on the dug out side of the pitch decided to switch on, he saw Carter then forward and smashing the ball into the net, but the assistant flagged off side, when the ball was played and Carter started his run he was clearly behind play, this was yet another set back for the East Lancashire Side,


Further opportunities did come Bacup Borough’s way when Josh Walne drilled the ball across their goal, with the menacing poaching Louis Holding slid right in onto the keeper, both lads were brave for their own causes, but once again with the amount of chances Bacup created, the biggest mystery being how on earth they did not get anything at all from a game they have dominated.



Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters had this to say “  It is not a mystery of how we failed to get anything from this game, the simple facts being, we had enough opportunities to have scored, we failed to score from twelve yards out from the penalty spot, normally we are clinical, it is no excuse that Anthony was not playing, we have several other players in the team that would have been composed to equalise, I am not saying our taker was not composed, but one would expect to hit the target from 12 yards out, Peters added “ I will take the blame because it was me that selected the boy to take the penalty in Anthony’s absence, in all honesty at Daisy Hill he was in the main clinical from the spot but we can all have a bad day at the office, in addition a little more composure in front of goal in other situations, we would, and should have scored, when chances come like we had worked for, we must be clinical, in this game we was far from clinical, so on that front we have only ourselves to blame for the reason we came away with nothing.


Peters finished by saying “ Did the boys play well ?  Yes, did the boys work hard? Yes, was we chasing the game from a bad decision from our keeper ? yes,  did we miss good opportunities ? yes, so in the main this was one of those games we must learn and kick on from “