Manager Brent Peters had this to say after the game “ My worst case fears sadly became reality, I knew not having Captain Laquan Esdaille available it would be leaving such a big void, Laquan is an experienced leader who talks and organises, during pre season when Laquan has partnered both centre halves in Ben and Reece both boys have done really well, this is what happens when they have a quality leader playing at the side of them, Peters added “ take young Ben Oldfield he did earn the right for this opportunity making the step up from our under 21s, with Laquan he has looked composed and he did deserve his chance, in the case of Reece to whom has made the step from an amateur level he also has looked an excellent defender playing along side his captain, the simple fact was neither had a leader making matters even harder due to the circumstances I found myself in I could only field a defensive unit that had not played together before, Peters added “ whilst I did believe they were more than capable, sadly our two centre backs did struggle, Peters added” the opening goal came from a strong but fair challenge from my former player Jean Khasa on Arron Kirk but it was the ball into an area where it was always going to be difficult to defend against, Ben was unlucky having made an innocent attempt to clear the ball but could only take it past his own keeper” it was the next goal which came literally less than one minute after their first goal when our Reece Gregory was in control of the ball, he carried it forward before miss directing his pass which completely shafted us, it really was not good,, despite the fact we were two down we had created several really good opportunities at the opposite end but trying to place a ball, this rather than striking with laces firm and precise proved our downfall, we really could and should have been ahead, never mind on level terms, Daisy Hill’s third goal right on half time was a good powerful header but the player had a run unopposed on our centre back, another situation that should not have happened, at least go touch tight, check his run and make it has difficult as possible, Peters said “ for our two centre backs it proved to be a case of learning the hard way but they are both good lads, they will learn from their shortfalls on the day and come back stronger, Peters went on “ it was not all doom and gloom there was some positives with other players making their debuts, AS I predicted with the absentee’s we have got, the first month will be difficult for us, you cant have the likes of Matthew Bryan, Matthew Dell, Michael Gervin, Jordan Wilmore, Davison Banda Laquan Esdaille all experienced quality players at this level missing and not feel the pain of their absence, this we did but it is a situation we will just have to put up with for a couple or more weeks “
Daisy Hill -3 -Bacup Borough 1
Prior to this game Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Pre Match Comments was bemoaning the fact he would be without key players, with several players missing which included his Captain Experienced Centre Back Laquan Esdaille, who was serving a one match ban carried over from last season, this forced Peters in having to field an inexperienced defence with two centre backs that had made the step up, one promoted from Bacup Borough’s under21 and the other from the Lancashire Amateur League, both never before having played at this level of football but soon they were the talking point of the New Sir’s Ground the home of Daisy Hill, sadly for the wrong reasons, the outcome of this game was decided not by an excellent team performance from the hosts that were streets ahead of their opponents, nothing could be further from reality which was bizarre as Bacup had found themselves three goals down at the break without Daisy Hill having not created anything and Bacup keeper Monteith not having been troubled, the simple fact being Monteith was tested by his own defenders, it started on twenty minutes when Bacup Borough’s Arron Kirk was hit with a strong fair challenge by former Bacup Borough Player Jean Khasa who then put a telling ball into an area which made it difficult for the keeper to come and get it, the young defender Oldfield making his senior debut, with a stretched leg he diverted the ball past his goal keeper to gift Daisy Hill an opening goal, if this goal was bad enough, less than one minute later Daisy Hill found them having doubled their lead through a defensive howler from the other centre back Reece Gregory, with the ball at his feet the rookie centre back progressed with the ball down the centre of the pitch before passing the ball directly to a Daisy Hill player who could not believe his luck, he immediately drove into the hole Gregory had left before firing past Monteith, not only was the Bacup bench looking bewildered but the Bacup players themselves could not believe it, but Bacup came back creating several good opportunities , the first one was following a good shot from Alex Luby from which the keeper saved but pushing out to Josh Walne who tried to place a shot that seemed like putting his foot through would have been a certain goal, at this stage of the game it was a costly miss, Manager Brent Peters took this opportunity to make his first substitution bringing on Alex Mellor to assist up front, taking off young centre back Ben Oldfield, Bacup were the team in ascendancy at this stage, a free kick was awarded Bacup way which Josh Walne picked out Gary Lillie whos effort struck the Daisy Hill post, with half time fast approaching Bacup had another excellent chance, this time Alex Luby missed an easy opportunity, coming in at an angle but could only strike the ball against the Daisy Hill keeper, Daisy Hill at the opposite end won the last corner of the half having withstood some serious Bacup pressure, it was from this corner that Borough’s centre back Gregory afforded his marker enough space to get a run on the Bacup centre back before powering his header into the net making it three nil at the break.
At the start of the second half Peters made his second substitution when Debutant Jack Holt was replaced up front by Louis Holding, Bacup started in the ascendancy bringing them their first chance when following some good inter play resulting in Alex Luby shooting wide, another opportunity came when the Daisy Hill keeper had to claim the ball at the second attempt, just prior Kyle Brooks did read the situation and got himself in between but there was very little contact which made it easy to take,
For the first time in the game around seventy minutes it was when the Bacup stopper Peter Monteith was forced into action when a wicked long range effort had bend on it, this brought an excellent stop, very shortly followed by another excellent stop, Bacup had now put their third and final substitute on the pitch when Midfield player Joel Andre Michel was sent on for defender Jack Beswick, it was an excellent move started by Joel Andre Michel which involved Alex Luby and Alex Mellor before linking with Louis Holden who drove into the box before being taken out, with the Referee without hesitation pointing to the penalty spot, Louis Holding himself stepped up to take the kick calmly beating Williams in Daisy Hill goal.
This turned out to be a consolation goal, but looking back over the game Bacup themselves had plenty of good opportunities to have recovered the deficit brought about by defensive frailties.