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 “




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