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.