MANAGER REACTION: A TERRIFIC TEAM EFFORT ON AND OFF THE PITCH

MANAGER BRENT PETERS COMMENTS

Not only as it been a long hard season but it as been a difficult last three weeks for the boys having to play our final three fixtures away from home, the boys have travelled a total of three hundred and eighty two miles which as seen us travel to Steeton, Cleator Moor and Saturday Atherton LR, once again the boys have surpassed all expectations by getting three victories, picking up maximum points, scoring nine goals and only conceding one, fifty nine points, sixty really as we lose one point through a mistake of the FA’s which I will not go into now, this taking us to a final League position of eighth, coupled with a cup semi final in what has been my youngest collective squad for a long time with boys that have progressed from our own Youth Programme, then I cant help but feel it has been a good rewarding season for us, Peters added “ take our final game at Atherton LR  we play for seventy five minutes with ten men, we finish the game with five goals and concede none, no matter how good or in different the opposition, this can only be achieved by collective work rate, discipline and clinical finishing, all of the ingredients we did produce in this game which enabled us to ensure our lead was not only kept in tact from the score it was at the time of the sending off 3-0 but we also then did  add to that score line, despite losing an experienced defender in Laquan Esdaille  I had every confidence in Reece, Banda and Oliver Crew being able to play together as a three at the back, that apart from a few seconds after the sending off in order to take stock, I had no hesitation in pushing Adrian Bellamy Back up the top and going from a 3-4-3 to a 3-3-3 formation, it certainly worked because but for some terrific stops from their keeper we most definitely looked like we would get more, Peters added “ It was a joy to watch, our three front men of Adrian Bellamy, Anthony Hall, and Matthew Bryan linking up so well, equally having all three getting in on the goals, our Midfield of Josh Walne, Jordan Wilmore & Milo Ogden put in a disciplined performance working together as a unit, ensuring we created and equally when required screened the defence well, Peters added, they all did that well that I can only remember Goal Keeper Peter Monteith having one save of any consequence to make, Peters went on “ this result was a fitting end to what I describe as a good season by the fact we are a young side and very much work in progress,  Peters added “ I would like to thank my First Team Coach Dave Felgate for his excellent contribution throughout the season,  Jimmy Petruzi my Fitness & Sports Science Coach for his contribution, Captain Adrian Bellamy to whom conducted Pre Season and his contribution with the most appearances in the team through out with 43 Appearances  closely followed by Michael Gervin, Anthony Hall, Josh Walne & Matthew Dell, Davison Banda, and Laquan Esdaille,  Credit also to young Kyle Brooks   to whom has stepped up from our Youth Structure with 32 games, only eleven behind his Captain, Peters added “ the reason Kyle was not introduced Saturday was he was feeling, still the effects of an injury.

Peters Finished by praising his staff behind the scenes when he had this to say “ Supporters and the public tend to only look at what is on the Football Pitch, Players, Coaches, the Manager etc, however there are valuable staff that work tirelessly behind the scenes, Peters added “ I cant thank Debra O’Connor enough has she washes and prepares our kits, organises and prepares Hospitality, if my team though out the season was as committed and worked as tirelessly has Debra we would be top of the next league, never mind this Division,  I would like to thank Debra’s Staff,  Shaun Greenwood, Thomas Stratton, Michelle Nuttall Walsh, Joanne Nuttall, Susan Nuttall, Candice Hall, Matthew Lawson, Amy 0’Connor, Billie Jo Walton, Michael Carr, Colin Wilson, Andrew Walker & Darren Reece, Lee Barrett, Colin Bateson, Matt Bromley, Martin McNulty, for their contributions throughout , A special mention must go to our official 9 year old boy boy Dominic Melvin aided by his father Matthew, what a terrific job they have done in a job that should never be underestimated, without balls there is no game, loosing balls is a lot of money to be loosing, they, along with everyone one else mentioned have done myself and Bacup Borough Football Club Proud, I apologise if I have missed anyone off , but once again it has been a terrific team effort on and off the pitch of which I thank you all  for “

MATCH REPORT: ATHERTON VS BACUP

BOROUGH COMPLETE AN HATRICK OF AWAY WINS ON THE ROAD TO BRING THEIR SEASON TO A CLOSE 

 ATHERTON LR -0- BACUP BOROUGH -5

Bacup Borough’s season came to a close on Saturday with an impressive five goal victory at bottom club Atherton LR, this despite playing seventy five minutes with ten men following a fifteenth minute red card for defender Laquan Esdaille who committed what the Referee to deem as a last man foul, by this time Bacup were already three goals to the good.

The Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters went with a 3-4-3 opting to push Captain Adrian Bellamy up front to lead the attack away from his usual centre back duties, Bellamy certainly did not let his Manager down when with just over one minute on the clock from the kick off Midfield player Milo Ogden played a forward pass up the left side of the pitch for Anthony Hall who took on his marker before finding Bellamy who made no mistake in giving his side an early lead, it did not end here when on six minutes this time Bellamy proved provider when he disposed an Atherton player before advancing forward before providing Matthew Bryan who was coming in from Bacup Borough’s right to smash the ball past the Atherton LR keeper,  on thirteen minutes it was three nil, this time good work from Josh Walne in Midfield found Adrian Bellamy who then picked out Anthony Hall who got himself half a yard on his marker before finishing.

 

Bacup were well and truly controlling the game but a lot of things can happen which could maybe make a difference so when on the quarter hour mark a dropping bouncing ball seemed to cause Bacup defender Laquan Esdaille a problem as he went to close the ball against an Atherton forward, the bounce deceived him resulting in catching the attacker resulting in the official awarding Atherton a free kick at the edge of the Bacup box and with it dismissing the Bacup defender so Bacup were now down to ten men, very easily this sending off could have turned the game against Bacup with over an hour still to play, but credit to the Bacup boys they not only worked hard to keep the score intact, they actually kicked on to score more goals and but for a man of the match performance from the Atherton Goal Keeper this game could easily have got to double figures has Matthew Bryan and Adrian Bellamy also had goals ruled out.

 

The second half got underway from which Bacup once again got the ball into the Atherton net, Bacup won a free kick deep into the heart of the Atherton half in a wide area, the ball was delivered which deceived everyone apart from Milo Ogden who was lingering at the far post to head home his first goal for the club.

 

Bacup Borough got their fifth goal following excellent approach play before the ball landing at the feet of Anthony Hall, has he entered their penalty area he was hit by two players before the ball ran loose which Matthew Bryan latched onto, the Referee played advantage from the foul on Hall which proved to be a good decision has Matthew Bryan finished to make the final score Atherton LR -0- Bacup Borough -5.

 

Bacup Team   Peter Monteith, Davison Banda, Laquan Esdaille, Reece Welsh, Milo Ogden, Jordan Wilmore, Josh Walne, Matthew Bryan, Adrian Bellamy ( Ben Rhodes)   Anthony Hall ( Louis Holding )   Sub Not Used   Kyle Brooks

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Managers Reaction: 2nd Half Effort Reaps Reward

Manager Brent Peters spoke following the game when he had this to say “ First of all I would like to compliment all of the boys in making such a long journey on a Bank Holiday when in retrospect the game had no importance, it was a great effort from the boys and really shows the attitude the majority of our boys have shown all season, Peters added “ in terms of the game itself, in the first half we had lots of the ball but frustratingly our strikers seemed happy to be stood with their defensive four, Peters added “ I realise they had made new friends but being so close to them did bite the biscuit, hence some strong words from me at the break, Peters went on “ the players I had selected to play upfront are not the type of players to put themselves up amongst big strong centre backs, they are athletic talented players that require the space to be able to produce their skills, not have their attributes stifled by getting into fights every time the ball was delivered forward which was the case in the first half and very much why in the first half we barely looked like scoring, no way was I allowing this to happen, Peters went on “ I was pleased by their reaction coming into the second half, there is an old saying, being cruel to be kind, believe me there was cruel words spoken but praise at full time by the way the boys responded, Peters added “ It was evident to me it needed a different kind of striker up there, I changed the shape to 3-4-3 and pushed Adrian Bellamy up front, on this occasion my decision proved to be positive and correct , it is rewarding when this happens, however there has been plenty of times when decisions made have not worked out like I wanted, so when it does happen it is very pleasing, with Adrian up there it gave us a different dimension and gave our opponents a lot to think about, this created the space I was striving for in the first half, this then got our talented athletic players in Anthony Hall and Matthew Dell, Louis Holding more into the game, assisted by the runs of Josh Walne, Milo Ogen and Jordan Wilmore worked hard in the middle of the park, whilst Laquan Esdaille, Davison Banda and Oliver Crew were in control at the back, equally Kyle Brooks & Ben Rhodes made honest contributions whilst on the pitch . Peters finished by saying “ Not the best start but the ideal ending “

ANOTHER WIN FOR BACUP ON THE ROAD

CLEATOR MOOR CELTIC-1- BACUP BOROUGH -2

Easter Saturday saw Bacup having to make their longest trip of the their season through the top of the English Lakes to Cleator Moor, a venue visiting for their first time, their JBV Park Stadium was in a lovely setting, the pitch looked good but given the glorious weather the pitch was hard thus needing extra touches in order to bring the ball under control, Cleator Moor’s game plan was evident from the off in attempting to get the ball in behind our rear guard early, Bacup had an early let off when an under hit back pass to stand in keeper Peter Monteith was quickly latched upon but luckily for Bacup with Monteith quickly off his line it was enough for the shot to be misdirected wide of goal, Bacup had plenty of the ball in the first half, playing from the back through midfield but sadly the forwards seemed to be getting them selves in a battle with very little creativity being produced, it was a situation of being out battled up the front which did lead to Moor taking the lead, one long ball was sent up the pitch which found its way over the top of Bacup’s defence from which their centre forward got in to finish giving Monteith no chance, Bacup had another let off, this following a Bacup corner from which the ball was cleared to the edge of the Cleator Moor Box, with no Bacup player ringing the box at the time, something Manager Brent Peters was having a go about from his technical area, Cleator Moor broke quickly over loading their final third but thankfully Peter Monteith was alert in keeping his side in the game with a terrific stop.
Bacup managed to get to half time with just a one goal deficit.

The second half started no changes were made at the break but it was evident that some harsh words were spoken at the break has Bacup came out with a total different mind set, an early second half chance came following good inter passing with Josh Walne shooting wide, this followed with a Matthew Dell effort which struck the side netting, despite Bacup Borough’s start to the half Cleator Moor got men forward, the ball was delivered from Bcup’s left half, cleared by Bacup, when Jordon Wilmore’s marker reacted first to get a goal bound shot which brought a stunning save from Monteith, this then prompted the Bacup Manager to change his side’s shape by moving Captain Adrian Bellamy up front, within minutes the score was level and it was that man Bellamy that delivered the all important goal, the move started from a deep position when Matthew Dell got onto the ball before driving forward drawing players out which opened up the space before delivering a perfect cross field ball which Bellamy complimented with a clinical finish, minutes later Bellamy had the ball in the net again when a terrific forward pass from Wilmore to Walne which was put into the path of Bellamy who had made a diagonal run before finishing, this time the Assistant raised his flag ruling it out for off side, Bacup were now well in control but with time going on it looked like Bacup were going to have to settle for one point, this until the final minutes when Josh Walne received the ball deep into his own half, with lots of space in front of him he drove forward, got himself into the Penalty area to be brought down leaving the Referee with no option but to award Bacup a penalty, up stepped Anthony Hall to continue his impressive record from the penalty spot to finish.
This victory was Bacup Borough’s second away victory on the bounce, giving them a return of seven points from their last three games, Saturday see’s Bacup on the road again for their final game of this season when they travel to Atherton LR..

Bacup Borough Team Peter Monteith, Davison Banda, Laquan Esdaille, Adrian Bellamy Kyle Brooks ( Oliver Crew)
Jordan Wilmore, Josh Walne , Milo Ogden, Anthony Hall, Louis Holding ( Ben Rhodes) Matthew Dell

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As the curtain came down on…..

….another season at The Brian Boys West View Stadium The Bacup Manager Brent Peters had this to say “ The fact we have completed all of our home fixtures with still two weeks of the season left and  having not had to encounter our  usual seasonal postponements creating multiple games to be played in a short space of time at the end of the season is testament to the hard work we put in the summer and investment we did put into our playing surface, Peters added, it has been far from easy both manually and financially but given this season we have been able to facilitate all of our Youth fixtures, u10, u13,u18, u21 on the senior pitch, this along  with the senior teams fixtures, with no postponements for waterlogging proves that the  hard work and money was well spent, Peters added “ the two postponements we did encounter was for snow and the devastation created by Storm Gareth that severely damaged our changing facilities, a situation we just could not do anything about.

On the playing side of our operation, whilst we still have two outstanding away fixtures to complete, looking back over the season in its entirety I am more than pleased how far we have come with a very talented young squad, take away the experience of Michael Gervin, Laquan Esdaille, Adrian Bellamy, the remainder of our squad members are aged between sixteen and twenty one years of age, the majority of which have progressed from our own Youth Structure into the demands of a League that is renowned for its competitiveness and high demands, not withstanding the demands both my self and my first team coach David Felgate place onto the boys in order to survive and progress to hopefully bigger and better things, Peters added “ the boys have been a credit to work with, given that this is probably one of the youngest squads I have assembled, given the demands of the competition we are participating in, some of the football these boys have produced  has a team as been pleasurable to watch, Peters added” the fact that the boys did not progress to a Cup Final following a two legged Semi Final with Avro really did come down to fine margins, in experience in decision making in vital positions and at crucial times in both games were most definitely the key factors were the reasons why we was so near a big day that these boys deserved but yet so far, but disappointments is part of the game, hopefully going forward their mind sets will be better from this, learn from where it went wrong and from this ensure they are better for it going forward in their football progression. In the League we are currently eighth with two games remaining, again given the fact in some instances, there is quite a lot of the players, playing their first full season at the level, I really do think the season has been a positive one for many reasons.

Peters finished by saying “ Both myself and Dave Felgate are proud of the way the squad in the main have conducted themselves representing our club, the commitment and desire they have shown, the entertainment value they have produced, I truly hope our supporters feel the same way, I would also like to thank their contribution along with all those that have contributed in anyway in ensuring that when we are down for what ever the reasons have been, that with their help and contributions, we have managed to get back up again, it really has been appreciated “

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FOUR OUT OF SIX FOR BACUP ..

 .. AS HALL STRIKES THIRTIETH GOAL OF THE SEASON

 

Bacup Borough 1- Shelly -1    Steeton 0- Bacup Borough 2

The Curtain came down at the Brian Boys West View Stadium for another season where Bacup fought out a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield side Shelly, Bacup started the game brightly and could have found themselves in front with less than five minutes on the clock when Matthew Bryan got through the Shelly defence following good build up play but his shot from a tight angle struck the side netting, for the majority of the first half it was very much the home team in the ascendancy, the only thing missing was a goal which did  not arrive until the second half   & when it did arrive it was from the penalty spot, Bacup had worked the ball down the Shelly right before crossing, their keeper came for the cross but failed to take cleanly, the alert Louis Holding reacted nudging the ball away from the Shelly keeper to whom was making a second attempt to rescue the ball, but such was Holdings sharpness in nudging the ball away that their keeper took out Holding for a blatant penalty to be awarded, up stepped Anthony Hall who made no mistake, one -nil to Bacup.

The home side had been in control through out, the only way they were going to lose a grip on this game was if a bad decision was forth coming, not just by the officials but also the players themselves, well this is exactly what did happen when Shelly produced a counter attack and their lively striker seemed to be getting the better of Sven Gibson the Bacup centre back, he produced a professional foul which resulted in Bacup being reduced to ten men has inevitably Gibson was shown a Red card,  this following the re start prompted the Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters to relinquish Louis Holding striker for centre back and captain Adrian Bellamy who was a named substitute for this game,  just prior the substitution Bacup had won a free kick in a wide area diagonal from the eighteen yard box, Bellamy was introduced and just for the free kick he did take a position up to attack the delivery, this he did, his very first touch of the ball was an header which went goal bound but was cleared off the line, only VAR would have decided had the ball crossed the line, it was extremely tight, from this Shelly immediately broke up the pitch before their player struck a stunning thirty five yard screamer that sailed into the top corner of the Bacup net, 1-1 game on.

For the last ten minutes the game ebbed and flowed between the two penalty area’s , Shelly brought a terrific save from the Bacup keeper Thomas Lamlot to whom reacted brilliantly to a well struck close range shot, then in the dying minutes of the game further drama and controversy did unfold with Bacup attacking, the ball was played forward into space where Bacup’s Bobby Carter was in an offside position, has the Assistant was just about to raise his flag, Bacup Borough’s Matthew Bryan raced from an on side position, took the ball in his stride, the Assistant lowered his flag, the Referee waved play on, Matthew Bryan had a lot to do, he got to the bye line, cut inside drove forward before committing their keeper to hit home what would have been Bacup Borough’s winner, bizarrely both Assistant and the Referee decided to debate the situation for several long seconds before ruling the goal out, this seemed to be a clear indication of Bacup being robbed of all three points has the final home game of this football season was brought to an end.

Bacup Borough 1- Shelly 1

Steeton -0- Bacup  Borough 2

Less than forty eight hours later Bacup Borough were back in action again when they made the trip over to Yorkshire for an encounter with Steeton, for various reasons the squad was threadbare but Peters was able to field the same starting line up as was verses Shelly with the exception of Sven Gibson who was replaced by Captain Adrian Bellamy, missing from the squad was Michael Gervin, Darcy O’Connor, Matthew Dell, Oliver Crew, Kyle Brooks.

Bacup soon took control against a side that had scored six in their previous outing and were very much in the ascendancy through out, the deadlock was broken when mid way through the first half Davison Banda got himself forward before delivering a quality ball deep across the Steeton goal from which Matthew Bryan making a run in at the far post managed to connect putting his side ahead, Steeton had not caused Bacup any problems in the first forty five minutes although right on the stroke of half time a miss connected back pass from Captain Adrian Bellamy almost gifted Silsden an opportunity but very quickly the breech was rectified leaving Bacup with a slender one goal advantage at the break.

The second half was very similar to the opening half with Bacup very much in the ascendancy creating opportunities without capitalising, then mid way through the half Bacup produced some neat link up play involving Louis Holding and Anthony Hall, before Hall pulled out a stunning goal to make it his thirtieth goal of the season, it was certainly a fitting goal to celebrate his thirtieth finish.

Bacup finished the game worthy 2-0 winners making it four points out of a possible six.

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