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 “
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