U21s Goalkeeper Wanted

Bacup Borough Football Club Under 21s are searching for a new goalkeeper for this season

They play on Sunday’s in the North West Under 21s league which is a very demanding and competitive league for those players looking to improve and move forward with their game.

If you believe that you’ve got the ability and determination to work hard playing within a semi-professional set up please contact, Andrew Walker for further details – manager@bacupborough.co.uk

Happy With The Overhaul Performance

The Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Had This To Say 

“   AFC Liverpool came to us in fine scoring form, collectively they are a very good team, this was another tough test for our young lads, however I am pleased to say the boys responded well, we created chances, maybe had certain individuals when attacking, have read the situations better and timed their runs better they then would have capitalised on the balls delivered from Matthew Bryan and with it got themselves on the score sheet, on two occasions it really was fine margins, Kyle Brooks to say he had been in bed sick all week did put in a good honest shift for the three quarters of the game he was on the field,  Peters added “ defensive as a unit of Ross Mallinson, Oliver Crew, Bradley Hancock and well marshalled by their captain Laquan Esdaille, they all looked solid as a complete unit which was really pleasing  against a side that has been scoring lots of goals and on the odd occasion the defence was breached they had Peter Monteith to rely upon who himself complimented the performance of his defensive unit,  Peters went on” I was happy with the overhaul performance of everyone, I also take lots of positives by the fact we have solved our breaches of conceding goals, keeping a clean sheet against a very good side, still creating chances is extremely encouraging “



The goals might have been elusive in this game but it had everything but goals, in the end whilst either side could have clinched all three points I think a true reflection on the game that a share of the points was the right outcome.

Bacup Started well probably shading the possession stakes in the first half, the home side carved out a good early opportunity  when Josh Walne won his battle before getting the ball wide into the path of Matthew Bryan who then produced a wonderful cross that any touch from the advancing Kyle Siddle would have resulted in a goal, the young striker was inches off connecting, Bacup Borough’s next real opportunity came as a result of a freekick which Josh Walne whipped into the Liverpool area from which Laquan Esdaille just failed to connect with an header, another great ball in from Mathew Bryan, this time the advancing Alex Mellor was inches off guiding the ball into the net.

There were very few Liverpool opportunities in the first half such was the solidarity of the Bacup defence, but when they did get beyond the Bacup rear guard Bacup’s keeper Peter Monteith was in fine form with a terrific save.

The second half was a more even affair in terms of possession has AFC Liverpool did give Bacup as much as Bacup did give to them, both sides were well and truly on top of their game in their respective defensive area’s, however late into the second half Peter Monteith pulled off a stunning double save off to keep his side in the game, whilst at the opposite end of the pitch Matthew Bryan from a deep position did break the Liverpool rear guard, he sprinted forward but surprisingly he took the ball too wide leaving a great opportunity of taking the lead pass him by, following this another excellent Bacup move this time involving Joel Gnabouyou Matthew Bryan and Michael Gervin who’s low shot brought the best out of the Liverpool keeper with him getting down low to avert what looked a certain goal,

The final quarter was frantic at both ends of the pitch, either side could have snatched it, but in the end an entertaining game with no goals did bring a share of the points.

Boys Gain Point From The Jaws Of A Defeat

The Bacup Manager Brent Peters had this to say “ Credit must go to the team by the fact that their never give up attitude got them a valuable point, however once again this game was another example of Bacup Borough gifting goals, this, and not by the fact that the opposition are carving us open, this is just not the case, and has not been the case in every game we have played to date, this is why it is so frustrating has we are our own worst enemies, Peters added “ take their opening goal with one minute on the clock, the decision to go home to our keeper was bonkers, this is a player who is comfortable on the ball, if he turns away there was options to hit the channel or stay on the ball himself, Golker have not had to work for that goal, it was a gift, their second goal, in my opinion the Referee was conned, their lad seemed to have over run the ball, but as gentle a touch it was from Ross on their lads back, it was enough for the official to give them a penalty, their second penalty I do not have an issue with the decision the referee made, however I do have a problem with my defender by the way it was committed, so all three goals really could have been avoided, Peters added “ in terms of two of our goals, we have had to work hard for, something that is in contrast to their goals, one could say we also had to work hard for our equaliser has Matthew Bryan had drove himself into that position in the box where the infringement did take place, every credit to Matthew, not just his run, but by the fact it was a pressure penalty given the time left and the result at that time, Peters added “ I was glad for Lowis Holding getting such an important goal, the boy has not had the best of times lately, so hopefully that goal will give him a boost to hopefully kick on, Peters finished by saying “ Wednesday against Shelly we looked very good and extremely solid but we did not get what we deserved, in this game we did not reach the levels of our overhaul performance we did against Shelly but we thankfully got something from this game and maybe did not deserve it, but that is football and we are truly grateful, but credit to the boys for not letting their heads drop in order to gain a point from the jaws of a defeat “



Not for the first time this season have this young Bacup Borough side shown the desire to claw their way back into a game when it has looked like they were beaten, with seventy minutes on the clock Bacup were trailing 3-1 in a game that penalties at both ends were the deciding factors, Bacup got off to the worst possible start when with only one minute on the clock young Kyle Brooks in control of the ball for some inexplicable reason he opted to go back to his goal keeper, the ball had no pace on it which the Golker striker could not believe his look that he received a nice weighted pass into his path from the Bacup player which he slotted past the helpless Bacup keeper Peter Monteith, this was not the start Bacup wanted against a side that had only lost one game to date, the one saving grace was there was still eighty nine minutes to go, so plenty of time to get themselves back into the game, Bacup’s Josh Walne had a glorious opportunity to have equalised when he was through with the goal and keeper facing him but failing to compose himself he lashed at the ball which went disappointingly wide, another well worked move down Bacup Borough’s right which eventually saw the ball  come right across the goal area, had Ryan Standring made the run from the left with conviction there was a goal there for him to add, it was then down to the Bacup Borough keeper Peter Monteith to keep his side in the game with an absolute stunning save when the ball was sailing into his top right hand corner of his goal, following this effort the Bacup defence on a number of occasions were being pulled out of position which needed bodies being thrown into the line of fire blocking several attempts from the Yorkshire side, Bacup then lost the services of Alex Mellor with an injury to be replaced by Alex Luby, it was not long before Bacup got themselves back into the game when the won a free kick which was delivered with quality onto the head of Matthew Bryan who’s glancing header had their goal keeper well beaten, despite the first half being a frantic forty five minutes the scores stayed level at 1-1 at the break.

Just like the start of the first half Bacup soon found themselves behind with only five minutes on the clock at the re start Golker was gifted what looked like a really soft penalty decision, the Golker striker got in front of the Bacup defender Ross Mallinson who was forcing the striker away from goal, the ball seemed to be going out of play with the player already going to ground by an over balanced action, the Bacup defender with the slightest of touches laid his hand on the strikers back enough for the referee to award the spot kick, it seemed a really harsh decision, up stepped former Bacup Borough player Nathan Tayho to put his side 2-1 up, if this was bad, it got worse when another Golker attack resulted in Captain Laquan Esdaille made a late challenge in the box resulting in yet another penalty from which Nathan Tayho stepped up once again making it 3-1 to the hosts, with little more than fifteen minutes left Manager Brent Peters made his last substitution bringing on striker Lowis Holding who managed to pull a goal back for his team, this came as a result of a free kick which Josh Walne did take, he put the ball into the area of Lowis holding who guided the ball past the Golker keeper,  this goal gave Bacup some fresh hope and they did not disappoint with their never be beaten attitude, the equaliser came from Matthew Bryan driving into the box, he rode the first challenge but could not stay on his feet when the second challenge came in, the referee had no hesitation but to point to the spot and Matthew himself stepped up to score and with this securing his side a point when it seemed the game was lost.

Peters Remaining Positive Ahead Of Golcar United

Brent Peters goes into the weekend game against Golcar United with a positive outlook. And even though the season has got off to a slow start for Borough in regards to results, the gaffer is more than happy with his young sides application and willingness to learn.

The manager spoke to Bacup Borough FC Media about the recent defeat to Shelley FC and briefly touched upon the game away at Golcar United in the North West Counties Division One fixture.

Peters Looking To Make It Three In A Row

Investing In The Youth

Tonight we get back to league action when we welcome Shelley to the Brian Boys Stadium. It seems quite a while since we last played in the league when we achieved two back to back league wins.

Our past two fixtures have seen us disappointingly exiting from two cup competitions, both just as easy as we have gone out we could also have been in the hat for the next round, such was the fact that in both games there was very little to choose between the two sides.

However we must get away from self-destructing and players have got to be able to take on board simple information, Saturday against Abbey Hey I was absolutely fuming after the game, I gave a simple basic instruction before introducing my last substitute, his information was, just play in the pocket and keep your eye on their right full back who was at times getting forward with late runs. The player in question responded yes, no problem, but it was a problem, and it did turn out to be a critical problem because the full back in question scored their winning goal. I was absolutely fuming as my substitute took it on himself to get involved with something else and not the duties he was given. Not only did he get it off me after the game but also on Sunday when I rang him up to try to find out what had got into his head. It is one thing giving young lads their heads by playing them in a mans league, but it is another when they just can’t digest basic important information.

Not only are my team giving me an headache but daily so is a four legged protected animal by way of a badger. Every morning I arrive at the ground and every morning it has caused havoc on the pitch by digging, I think it is fair to say it is completely doing my head in. And to make things worse there is not a right lot I can do about it, the only thing it has in common with Bacup Borough is it is Black & white. I can’t even say it is bringing us much luck, but rest assured it is dropping plenty of muck, they say muck for luck, well lets hope come 10pm tonight our luck is in and we have ended the game with three straight League victories.

Finally. There will be some new faces added to the squad tonight, another bonus being they are local lads too, we wish them well hopefully they enjoy their journey with us.

Enjoy the game
Brent Peters

Monthly Analytics Meetings Great Success

Monthly Meetings To Be Held At The Red Hall Hotel

Manager, Brent Peters gathered his players at the Red Hall Hotel in Bury for the 1st teams monthly analytics meeting.

It was an opportunity for the gaffer to address his players to discuss the positives and some of the finer details of how the first month in the NWCFL First Division has gone so far.

The monthly meetings will be an excellent way of discussing and reflecting on issues from a footballing prospective and also for the entire Bacup Borough staff to spend time together in different surroundings. Chatting to the manager he said; ‘This is a brilliant way of coming together to discuss the positives and the negatives of our game. It also allows us to focus on both the things we are doing right but also develop and work on things that need extra attention’.

It’s clear to see that the manager is certainly hoping that this season will be as successful as possible. And with regular monthly meetings due to take place during this campaign, it should only act as a positive addition in the clubs quest for silverware.

Disappointing Result But A Very Good Competitive Game

A disappointed Bacup Borough Manager spoke after the game with these comments “ We was all under no illusion of how difficult this game would be against a team that won their league and have gone currently to the summit of their Premier League, but taking everything into consideration, I am well pleased on a number of points but I am extremely disappointed by the manner in which we did concede, especially given the main reason we did concede we had spoken about at the break, Peters added “ we went toe to toe against a very good side, there was very little, if anything between the two teams, this pleased me knowing we was ever bit has good has they were good, they shaded the fact they had in their ranks a few more street wise players than we had, it was those street wise lads that had the nous to punish us for our naivety, Peters added “ our Midfield were told at half time to be aware of blind side runs, a situation that at the end came back to haunt us for not dealing with this,   their equaliser came from a young defender growing into the game but then getting giddy by taking too many touches which he had no reason and no right to do, defend first and four most, sending the ball as far from danger as possible, then comes their winner, Peters added “ I still am not able to come to terms why our midfield was not goal side and touch tight at the  edge of the box which would have give them a chance to defend against the pull back, Peters added “ think about it, the ball was wide in their left channel, the lad ran at least twenty yards before cutting up the bye line, it was not like he put in an early ball, this he did not, so our midfield had plenty of a chance to get goal side, they did not and only they know why not, because has that ball was pulled back, they had two players unmarked fighting to get their shot off, Peters added “ all through the game our lads in midfield’s distances between players were well and truly adrift, another issue addressed at the break, another issue they have failed to grasp which because of, did result in Grimsby getting the winner, Peters finished by saying “ Did our Midfield work hard ? of course they worked hard and I praised them for that, but because they did not game manage the situation in there by talking and organising, inevitably they were making a lot of unnecessary runs and with this burning up unnecessary energy, we must remember a lot of these boys are work in progress, nothing to do with skill, technique and attitude, they all tick the boxes superbly on all of those, however it is the other aspects which come such as organisation, game awareness, talking, the latter will always save a player a whole lot of running, it was a disappointing end to what was a very good competitive game of football from which the stakes were high, every credit to Grimsby, we wish them well in the competition “


FA VASE 1st Round Qualifying

Bacup Borough 1-  Grimsby Borough -2              

North East Counties Premier League side Grimsby Borough rode into the Borough in good form for this FA Vase encounter but mighty Bacup made the Humberside  champions work hard to get anything from the game, Bacup got off to the perfect start with less than five minutes on the clock Kyle Siddle dispossessed their centre back of the ball before breaking goal bound before slotting the ball under their goal keeper, typical by the way games have gone for Bacup this season it was the home side for long periods in the ascendancy, Matthew Bryan was unlucky not to double Bacup’s lead when he unleashed a twenty five yard effort that had the Grimsby keeper beaten but was saved by the rattling of the cross bar, so much was Bacup Borough’s first half dominance that Grimsby were restricted to one effort when Bacup keeper Peter Monteith well off his line mis directed a kick which their intelligent player latched onto the ball to chip the stranded keeper but thankfully Monteith’s blushes were spared by the fact the effort dropped at the opposite side of the post.

Despite Bacup Borough’s dominance in possession they only had the single goal to show going in at the break.

The second half was a total different affair when Grimsby came out, they started to show how they became last seasons champions, as the game got stretched it became end to end but the Bacup Borough keeper Peter Monteith was the busiest of the two keepers, he was brought into the action when the Bacup midfielders were nonchalant to runners getting themselves into advanced positions, the writing was on the wall when Monteith had to make a blinding save to keep his sides slender lead intact.

At the opposite end Bacup had an excellent opportunity with the Grimsby keeper saving a Matthew Bryan Effort which fell to his strike partner Kyle Siddle who’s snap effort went just wide, but it was the team from Humberside to whom punished Bacup for a mistake with Ben Oldfield taking an extra touch he did not need to make, his then rushed clearance hit his defensive partner before dropping into the path of a Grimsby player who made absolutely no mistake from close range.

It looked like the game would be heading for extra time with both teams putting in unbelievable work rate, in the closing minutes Bacup got an half chance when Joel Gnabouyou’s effort struck the bar but it was Grimsby Borough that had the final say when they broke down Bacup’s right, Josh Walne seemed to be nudged off the ball too easy, this gave the Grimsby defender the chance to enter the box and go up the bye line unopposed before he pulled the ball back to the edge of the box where an unmarked midfield player smashed home their winner and with it smashed any hopes of Bacup having a lucrative Vase run.