SEMI FINAL OFF – Please Read below

Due to ongoing issues with regard to storm damage tomorrow’s First Division Cup Semi Final between Bacup Borough and Avro is hereby postponed. The game is now re scheduled for the following Saturday with the 2nd leg mid week Wednesday 27th March, 8.00pm KO at Vestacre Stadium.

Bacup Borough are also instructed to make provisional arrangements for the 1st leg to be played on another suitable venue on Saturday 23rd March that being in the event of the repairs not being completed.

UTTER CARNAGE IN BACUP

Storm Gareth destroys completely what Storm Eric had started, total carnage at Bacup Borough three days before The Division One League Cup Semi Final First Leg tie with Avro.

MANAGER REACTION: The next two weeks are vital

Manager Brent Peters had this to say “  was I happy with our overhaul performance ?   NO I was far from happy given the team I had put out, Peters said “ we started well in the first quarter of the game, our link up play and the manner in which we used the ball was impressive, this was how we scored our opener with quality link up play and an excellent finish from Anthony, Peters added “ at this point I cant get my head around whether some of my players felt it was too easy, therefore it was exhibition time and an excuse to ignore their roles & responsibilities, this or just down right bad play, what I do know is we gave Blackpool a life line at a time in the game we should have been easily doubling our lead, Peters went on “ for one, unless it is absolutely necessary I do not like going back to our keeper, one of the reason’s being what actually happened in Blackpool’s second goal, the ball gets played back to our keeper who shanks his kick which goes direct to an opponent, this then resulted in my other centre back making a clumsy challenge leading to a penalty to Blackpool which they scored, another goal Blackpool created through some of our  players not carrying out their roles and responsibilities out of possession,  their full back gets forward not tracked creating an over load before delivering  a quality cross which was perfectly headed into our own net by one of my defenders, but why he was facing his own goal when that cross was delivered is beggars belief, for this to happen he was obviously not set and his body position wrong, it was poor to say the least, Peters added “ thank fully Matthew Bryan and Anthony Hall were on it, fully focussed and delivering when it mattered, Peters went on “ We had several opportunities to score more goals than the three we actually did score, but at the opposite end of the pitch in the last quarter of an hour, for some  in explicable reason our midfield constantly backed off, not only encouraging pressure but strangulating our defenders at the same time, during this time AFC Blackpool could easily have got themselves an equaliser, Peters added “ I cant explain why we were dropping so deep but it most certainly was a dangerous game to play, but thankfully we got through the game with three points, we got lads through  the game injury free, so we take our focus now onto two extremely difficult games with Avro in the Semi Final of the First Division League  Cup, we have enough talent to see us through, but talent without the work rate and discipline will not be enough, this message will be ringing in our players ears during the build up, this in order to ensure we are has a squad in its entirety fully concentrated and ready to go, the next two weeks are vital to our season

MATCH REPORT: AFC BLACKPOOL vs BACUP BOROUGH

BACUP WIN AT THE SEASIDE, NOW THE FOCUS IS ON SATURDAYS LEAGUE CUP SEMI FINAL FIRST LEG.

 

AFC BLACKPOOL 2 – BACUP BOROUGH -3

 

On an afternoon when the weather played a part in several games in the league being postponed the Bacup Manager Brent Peters was relieved and thank full to AFC Blackpool in working hard ensuring this game went ahead, Peters explained “ Ahead of our League Cup Semi Final I have worked hard in an attempt to  bringing back Matthew Bryan who finished last season as not only our leading goal scorer but also the leading scorer in the North West Counties League which rightly earned him the Leagues player of the year, but for him to be eligible for our Semi Final I had to get him over the line fourteen days prior to the Semi Final, this I did, but then we had to ensure Matty got in at least one game which could only be AFC Blackpool, had this game have been postponed the work to get Matty over the line would have been in vain, Peters added “ I am so grateful to all at Blackpool for their efforts in ensuring the game did get the go ahead “

 

It did not take Mathew Bryan long to make a positive impact when Michael Gervin found Bryan with an exquisite ball, Bryan then had to ride an attempted challenge before a nice weighted pass into the path of his strike partner Anthony Hall who finished off what was an excellent footballing move to shoot Bacup into a fifteen minute lead,  further goals should have followed, Kyle Brooks intercepting a ball to his captain Adrian Bellamy who knocked the ball long, Matthew Bryan struck the ball first time has it dropped into his path but the ball whistled over, further good link up play involving Matthew Dell, Matthew Bryan and Anthony Hall which resulted in a good strong challenge averting Bacup doubling their lead,   at this point it only seemed a matter of time before Bacup doubled their lead but this was not legislating for the Blackpool full back pushing forward before delivering an excellent cross that Bacup defender Sven Gibson ended up heading the ball into his own goal, not only was this a bad goal to give away but it gave the home side a terrific lift and belief, if the headed own goal was not bad enough what happened next was a total disaster,  the ball was with defender Laquan Esdaille who for some reason under no pressure made a decision to play the ball back towards his keeper  who then shanked his kick with the ball going to a Blackpool player who then advanced into the penalty area where the covering defender Sven Gibson made a clumsy challenge giving the referee little opportunity but to award a penalty which was converted,   with half time approaching and Bacup trailing, a position they should not have been in,, it was left to Man of the Match Anthony Hall to drive his side the equaliser when he picked the ball up deep before driving forward into the penalty area where he was sent to the ground, again an easy penalty decision for the Referee, it was Hall himself who stepped up to make it 2-2 at the break.

 

The second half got under way with Bacup creating several good opportunities which came to nothing, this so easily could have had far reaching consequences when Bacup Borough defender Laquan Esdaille was late with a challenge in the box which resulted in the third penalty of the afternoon being awarded, the second for AFC Blackpool, this time Bacup Borough’s keeper Thomas Lamlot was equal to the spot kick by pulling off a good save,  Bacup at this point got out of jail with that save, this spurred Bacup on to create further opportunities, when Matthew Bryan collected the ball from deep  and ran into the heart of Blackpool’s defence before a deft pass over defenders into the feet of Michael Gervin who unflustered got himself half a yard before placing the ball into the corner of the net, giving his side a 2-3 lead.

 

For the closing minutes of the game Bacup were dropping deeper inviting extreme pressure onto themselves but has easily has they won, they could so easily have dropped points, at times desperate defending prevented this happening to eventually win the game 2-3 with all focus now on a difficult Semi Final first leg game at Bacup on Saturday.

DIFFICULT WEEK FOR PETERS ENDS POSITIVE

Bacup Borough  3 – Darwen 2

Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters started the week facing the prospect of not having a recognised Goal Keeper for the League Cup Semi Final first leg two weeks away, the rules state that loan players are not able to participate and any new signings had to be signed fourteen days prior to the tie and with this also  would need the required number of games in order to play in a semi final, not an easy task given that Bacups keeper James Cottam is on a youth loan from Preston North End , with only two matches before the all important game with Avro time was running out for the Bacup Manager. Manager Brent Peters commented “  our goal keeping situation presented me with a major concern, a situation I have been working on over the past ten days but really not getting very far but then thanks to the efficiency of the Football Association by the speed in which they and their counterparts at the Belgium FA moved to Internationally clear Youth International Thomas Lamlot, a keeper we had on our books from previous but not cleared, this because he was only classed as a minor, Peters went on “ the fact this season at step six there are no play offs my main focus now is trying to get through an extremely tough two legged Semi Final with Avro” Peters said “ for the previous games  I have been changing certain things, be this players, be this team shape, this I will continue to do, whilst our players will know how we are going to go in terms of shape in the Semi Final, I am not so sure the opposition will and that is how I want to keep it, Peters added” this game against Darwen was an extremely important game for myself and my Coach Dave Felgate,  I introduced three debutants, Centre Half Sven Gibson from Prestwich Heys, Thomas Lamlot Goal Keeper & Midfield player Milo Ogden to whom was introduced to me from my previous Coach Danny Jones, I am pleased to say all three had an impressive debut, all three are eligible for the Semi Final so will be great additions pushing for contention, Peters said “ It was good to get Anthony Hall back following a short injury, equally pleasing was the fact Anthony came back not only proving his fitness but with two well taken goals has a bonus, I was also really pleased for young Ben Rhodes, despite his lack of chances in our starting line up his attitude and commitment around the club have been exemplary, Ben was given a start, a good honest performances was rewarded with a goal his determination and desire deserved, Peters went on “ I was pleased with what I saw on show  from all in the first half, we completely dictated the half, Darwen could really think themselves lucky to only be two behind at the break, Peters added “ I must admit there was times in the second half when we dropped our tempo and Darwen did up theirs, I put this down to maybe some of the new lads starting to run on empty after putting in good shifts, I had no complaints about their Penalty, from our point of view it was avoidable, it was lazy defending which is not acceptable, I was also disappointed with their second goal, pro ratio of players behind the ball from Bacup compared to Darwen, no way should the opposition have got through, sadly I could not legislate for those players back there reacting like rabbits in the headlights,, but that apart, all in all after the week that was of sheer frustration, out of this game there was certainly more positives than negatives “ Positive Debuts, Positive team performance for at least three quarters of the game, Positive Anthony Hall back from injury with two goals, positive that Ben Rhodes responds with a goal, positive that we managed to secure the services of a good young keeper in time, and finally and most importantly  Positive we got a well earned three points”

Bacup Borough Team

Thomas Lamlot, Adrian Bellamy( Oliver Crew) Laquan Esdaille, Sven Gibson, Matthew Dell( Harrison Leach), Joshua Walne, Jordan Wilmore ( Kyle Brooks ) Milo Ogden, Darcy O’Connor, Anthony Hall, Benjamin Rhodes