KYLES PROGRESS EARNES HIM HIS FIRST SENIOR CONTRACT

Manger Brent Peters Kyle Brooks signing his contract
Manger Brent Peters & Kyle Brooks signing his contract

Eighteen year old Kyle Brooks got his biggest football award to date by earning himself his first Professional Contract with his local club Bacup Borough, Kyle who resides in Weir a little village one mile away from the ground has progressed through Bacup Borough’s own Youth Policy having progressed under Andrew Walker & Darren Reece under the watchful eye of Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters, Kyle had impressed so much that following the last few games of the Senior Team’s  2017/18 football season, Manager Brent Peters stepped him up into the first from which he did not disappoint, this then prompted the Bacup Borough Manager to run with Kyle in the Senior side from the start of the 2018/19 football season, once again not disappointing he was actually selected for 32 games, second best overhaul appearance with Captain Adrian Bellamy on 43, this has earned Kyle with a twelve month deal with an option for a further twelve months.

Manager Brent Peters had this to say “ Having watched Kyle on a regular basis within our Youth Structure he immediately struck me has a level headed boy that was very much hungry to progress in the game, it is one thing having the hunger and desire but Kyle has the ability to go with those attributes, Peters added “ the fact that he started in thirty two games last season speaks volumes on how well the boy is developing, Peters went on to say “ the reason for the contract is reward Kyle on how well Kyle has progressed to date but, it is also to enable the boy to continue his development in an environment where he is relaxed & comfortable and where he has that arena to express himself, Peters added “ this is not because he is the real deal, Kyle is by no means the real deal yet, but believe me he will be, this is providing that he is given that opportunity to continue, here at Bacup he most certainly has that arena, the Head Coach to whom Kyle will be working with is a former International footballer himself, Dave Felgate, to whom also had fourteen years at Manchester City, & his currently working with Liverpool Football Club, Peters added “ When you give young players a chance at our level of the game and they get through the amount of games that Kyle has managed, this obviously will get other Non League Managers looking at him with a view for him to play in their first team but in majority of cases, this is where it ends, they stop their development to use them as a footballer to play at their first team level, I was mindful of this situation hence why one of the reasons was to place this deal onto the table, for one he does not need to get involved with that side of the politics of our game by the fact his head gets messed up of whether he stays or goes and two it is security for him knowing that he can fully concentrate on furthering his development, Peters finished by saying “ The only way I don’t see Kyle Brooks being a future Bacup Borough Captain is because he has furthered his development, he has caught the eye of a football league club from which he will then be taking a positive step in another direction, this is exactly what we are working too, not only with Kyle but there will be some more following”  

MANAGER REACTION: A TERRIFIC TEAM EFFORT ON AND OFF THE PITCH

MANAGER BRENT PETERS COMMENTS

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 “

MATCH REPORT: ATHERTON VS BACUP

BOROUGH COMPLETE AN HATRICK OF AWAY WINS ON THE ROAD TO BRING THEIR SEASON TO A CLOSE 

 ATHERTON LR -0- BACUP BOROUGH -5

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

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Managers Reaction: 2nd Half Effort Reaps Reward

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 “

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ANOTHER WIN FOR BACUP ON THE ROAD

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

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As the curtain came down on…..

….another season at The Brian Boys West View Stadium The Bacup Manager Brent Peters had this to say “ The fact we have completed all of our home fixtures with still two weeks of the season left and  having not had to encounter our  usual seasonal postponements creating multiple games to be played in a short space of time at the end of the season is testament to the hard work we put in the summer and investment we did put into our playing surface, Peters added, it has been far from easy both manually and financially but given this season we have been able to facilitate all of our Youth fixtures, u10, u13,u18, u21 on the senior pitch, this along  with the senior teams fixtures, with no postponements for waterlogging proves that the  hard work and money was well spent, Peters added “ the two postponements we did encounter was for snow and the devastation created by Storm Gareth that severely damaged our changing facilities, a situation we just could not do anything about.

On the playing side of our operation, whilst we still have two outstanding away fixtures to complete, looking back over the season in its entirety I am more than pleased how far we have come with a very talented young squad, take away the experience of Michael Gervin, Laquan Esdaille, Adrian Bellamy, the remainder of our squad members are aged between sixteen and twenty one years of age, the majority of which have progressed from our own Youth Structure into the demands of a League that is renowned for its competitiveness and high demands, not withstanding the demands both my self and my first team coach David Felgate place onto the boys in order to survive and progress to hopefully bigger and better things, Peters added “ the boys have been a credit to work with, given that this is probably one of the youngest squads I have assembled, given the demands of the competition we are participating in, some of the football these boys have produced  has a team as been pleasurable to watch, Peters added” the fact that the boys did not progress to a Cup Final following a two legged Semi Final with Avro really did come down to fine margins, in experience in decision making in vital positions and at crucial times in both games were most definitely the key factors were the reasons why we was so near a big day that these boys deserved but yet so far, but disappointments is part of the game, hopefully going forward their mind sets will be better from this, learn from where it went wrong and from this ensure they are better for it going forward in their football progression. In the League we are currently eighth with two games remaining, again given the fact in some instances, there is quite a lot of the players, playing their first full season at the level, I really do think the season has been a positive one for many reasons.

Peters finished by saying “ Both myself and Dave Felgate are proud of the way the squad in the main have conducted themselves representing our club, the commitment and desire they have shown, the entertainment value they have produced, I truly hope our supporters feel the same way, I would also like to thank their contribution along with all those that have contributed in anyway in ensuring that when we are down for what ever the reasons have been, that with their help and contributions, we have managed to get back up again, it really has been appreciated “

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FOUR OUT OF SIX FOR BACUP ..

 .. AS HALL STRIKES THIRTIETH GOAL OF THE SEASON

 

Bacup Borough 1- Shelly -1    Steeton 0- Bacup Borough 2

The Curtain came down at the Brian Boys West View Stadium for another season where Bacup fought out a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield side Shelly, Bacup started the game brightly and could have found themselves in front with less than five minutes on the clock when Matthew Bryan got through the Shelly defence following good build up play but his shot from a tight angle struck the side netting, for the majority of the first half it was very much the home team in the ascendancy, the only thing missing was a goal which did  not arrive until the second half   & when it did arrive it was from the penalty spot, Bacup had worked the ball down the Shelly right before crossing, their keeper came for the cross but failed to take cleanly, the alert Louis Holding reacted nudging the ball away from the Shelly keeper to whom was making a second attempt to rescue the ball, but such was Holdings sharpness in nudging the ball away that their keeper took out Holding for a blatant penalty to be awarded, up stepped Anthony Hall who made no mistake, one -nil to Bacup.

The home side had been in control through out, the only way they were going to lose a grip on this game was if a bad decision was forth coming, not just by the officials but also the players themselves, well this is exactly what did happen when Shelly produced a counter attack and their lively striker seemed to be getting the better of Sven Gibson the Bacup centre back, he produced a professional foul which resulted in Bacup being reduced to ten men has inevitably Gibson was shown a Red card,  this following the re start prompted the Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters to relinquish Louis Holding striker for centre back and captain Adrian Bellamy who was a named substitute for this game,  just prior the substitution Bacup had won a free kick in a wide area diagonal from the eighteen yard box, Bellamy was introduced and just for the free kick he did take a position up to attack the delivery, this he did, his very first touch of the ball was an header which went goal bound but was cleared off the line, only VAR would have decided had the ball crossed the line, it was extremely tight, from this Shelly immediately broke up the pitch before their player struck a stunning thirty five yard screamer that sailed into the top corner of the Bacup net, 1-1 game on.

For the last ten minutes the game ebbed and flowed between the two penalty area’s , Shelly brought a terrific save from the Bacup keeper Thomas Lamlot to whom reacted brilliantly to a well struck close range shot, then in the dying minutes of the game further drama and controversy did unfold with Bacup attacking, the ball was played forward into space where Bacup’s Bobby Carter was in an offside position, has the Assistant was just about to raise his flag, Bacup Borough’s Matthew Bryan raced from an on side position, took the ball in his stride, the Assistant lowered his flag, the Referee waved play on, Matthew Bryan had a lot to do, he got to the bye line, cut inside drove forward before committing their keeper to hit home what would have been Bacup Borough’s winner, bizarrely both Assistant and the Referee decided to debate the situation for several long seconds before ruling the goal out, this seemed to be a clear indication of Bacup being robbed of all three points has the final home game of this football season was brought to an end.

Bacup Borough 1- Shelly 1

Steeton -0- Bacup  Borough 2

Less than forty eight hours later Bacup Borough were back in action again when they made the trip over to Yorkshire for an encounter with Steeton, for various reasons the squad was threadbare but Peters was able to field the same starting line up as was verses Shelly with the exception of Sven Gibson who was replaced by Captain Adrian Bellamy, missing from the squad was Michael Gervin, Darcy O’Connor, Matthew Dell, Oliver Crew, Kyle Brooks.

Bacup soon took control against a side that had scored six in their previous outing and were very much in the ascendancy through out, the deadlock was broken when mid way through the first half Davison Banda got himself forward before delivering a quality ball deep across the Steeton goal from which Matthew Bryan making a run in at the far post managed to connect putting his side ahead, Steeton had not caused Bacup any problems in the first forty five minutes although right on the stroke of half time a miss connected back pass from Captain Adrian Bellamy almost gifted Silsden an opportunity but very quickly the breech was rectified leaving Bacup with a slender one goal advantage at the break.

The second half was very similar to the opening half with Bacup very much in the ascendancy creating opportunities without capitalising, then mid way through the half Bacup produced some neat link up play involving Louis Holding and Anthony Hall, before Hall pulled out a stunning goal to make it his thirtieth goal of the season, it was certainly a fitting goal to celebrate his thirtieth finish.

Bacup finished the game worthy 2-0 winners making it four points out of a possible six.

  • Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Comments To Follow

SEMI FINAL OFF – Please Read below

Due to ongoing issues with regard to storm damage tomorrow’s First Division Cup Semi Final between Bacup Borough and Avro is hereby postponed. The game is now re scheduled for the following Saturday with the 2nd leg mid week Wednesday 27th March, 8.00pm KO at Vestacre Stadium.

Bacup Borough are also instructed to make provisional arrangements for the 1st leg to be played on another suitable venue on Saturday 23rd March that being in the event of the repairs not being completed.

UTTER CARNAGE IN BACUP

Storm Gareth destroys completely what Storm Eric had started, total carnage at Bacup Borough three days before The Division One League Cup Semi Final First Leg tie with Avro.

MANAGER REACTION: The next two weeks are vital

Manager Brent Peters had this to say “  was I happy with our overhaul performance ?   NO I was far from happy given the team I had put out, Peters said “ we started well in the first quarter of the game, our link up play and the manner in which we used the ball was impressive, this was how we scored our opener with quality link up play and an excellent finish from Anthony, Peters added “ at this point I cant get my head around whether some of my players felt it was too easy, therefore it was exhibition time and an excuse to ignore their roles & responsibilities, this or just down right bad play, what I do know is we gave Blackpool a life line at a time in the game we should have been easily doubling our lead, Peters went on “ for one, unless it is absolutely necessary I do not like going back to our keeper, one of the reason’s being what actually happened in Blackpool’s second goal, the ball gets played back to our keeper who shanks his kick which goes direct to an opponent, this then resulted in my other centre back making a clumsy challenge leading to a penalty to Blackpool which they scored, another goal Blackpool created through some of our  players not carrying out their roles and responsibilities out of possession,  their full back gets forward not tracked creating an over load before delivering  a quality cross which was perfectly headed into our own net by one of my defenders, but why he was facing his own goal when that cross was delivered is beggars belief, for this to happen he was obviously not set and his body position wrong, it was poor to say the least, Peters added “ thank fully Matthew Bryan and Anthony Hall were on it, fully focussed and delivering when it mattered, Peters went on “ We had several opportunities to score more goals than the three we actually did score, but at the opposite end of the pitch in the last quarter of an hour, for some  in explicable reason our midfield constantly backed off, not only encouraging pressure but strangulating our defenders at the same time, during this time AFC Blackpool could easily have got themselves an equaliser, Peters added “ I cant explain why we were dropping so deep but it most certainly was a dangerous game to play, but thankfully we got through the game with three points, we got lads through  the game injury free, so we take our focus now onto two extremely difficult games with Avro in the Semi Final of the First Division League  Cup, we have enough talent to see us through, but talent without the work rate and discipline will not be enough, this message will be ringing in our players ears during the build up, this in order to ensure we are has a squad in its entirety fully concentrated and ready to go, the next two weeks are vital to our season

MATCH REPORT: AFC BLACKPOOL vs BACUP BOROUGH

BACUP WIN AT THE SEASIDE, NOW THE FOCUS IS ON SATURDAYS LEAGUE CUP SEMI FINAL FIRST LEG.

 

AFC BLACKPOOL 2 – BACUP BOROUGH -3

 

On an afternoon when the weather played a part in several games in the league being postponed the Bacup Manager Brent Peters was relieved and thank full to AFC Blackpool in working hard ensuring this game went ahead, Peters explained “ Ahead of our League Cup Semi Final I have worked hard in an attempt to  bringing back Matthew Bryan who finished last season as not only our leading goal scorer but also the leading scorer in the North West Counties League which rightly earned him the Leagues player of the year, but for him to be eligible for our Semi Final I had to get him over the line fourteen days prior to the Semi Final, this I did, but then we had to ensure Matty got in at least one game which could only be AFC Blackpool, had this game have been postponed the work to get Matty over the line would have been in vain, Peters added “ I am so grateful to all at Blackpool for their efforts in ensuring the game did get the go ahead “

 

It did not take Mathew Bryan long to make a positive impact when Michael Gervin found Bryan with an exquisite ball, Bryan then had to ride an attempted challenge before a nice weighted pass into the path of his strike partner Anthony Hall who finished off what was an excellent footballing move to shoot Bacup into a fifteen minute lead,  further goals should have followed, Kyle Brooks intercepting a ball to his captain Adrian Bellamy who knocked the ball long, Matthew Bryan struck the ball first time has it dropped into his path but the ball whistled over, further good link up play involving Matthew Dell, Matthew Bryan and Anthony Hall which resulted in a good strong challenge averting Bacup doubling their lead,   at this point it only seemed a matter of time before Bacup doubled their lead but this was not legislating for the Blackpool full back pushing forward before delivering an excellent cross that Bacup defender Sven Gibson ended up heading the ball into his own goal, not only was this a bad goal to give away but it gave the home side a terrific lift and belief, if the headed own goal was not bad enough what happened next was a total disaster,  the ball was with defender Laquan Esdaille who for some reason under no pressure made a decision to play the ball back towards his keeper  who then shanked his kick with the ball going to a Blackpool player who then advanced into the penalty area where the covering defender Sven Gibson made a clumsy challenge giving the referee little opportunity but to award a penalty which was converted,   with half time approaching and Bacup trailing, a position they should not have been in,, it was left to Man of the Match Anthony Hall to drive his side the equaliser when he picked the ball up deep before driving forward into the penalty area where he was sent to the ground, again an easy penalty decision for the Referee, it was Hall himself who stepped up to make it 2-2 at the break.

 

The second half got under way with Bacup creating several good opportunities which came to nothing, this so easily could have had far reaching consequences when Bacup Borough defender Laquan Esdaille was late with a challenge in the box which resulted in the third penalty of the afternoon being awarded, the second for AFC Blackpool, this time Bacup Borough’s keeper Thomas Lamlot was equal to the spot kick by pulling off a good save,  Bacup at this point got out of jail with that save, this spurred Bacup on to create further opportunities, when Matthew Bryan collected the ball from deep  and ran into the heart of Blackpool’s defence before a deft pass over defenders into the feet of Michael Gervin who unflustered got himself half a yard before placing the ball into the corner of the net, giving his side a 2-3 lead.

 

For the closing minutes of the game Bacup were dropping deeper inviting extreme pressure onto themselves but has easily has they won, they could so easily have dropped points, at times desperate defending prevented this happening to eventually win the game 2-3 with all focus now on a difficult Semi Final first leg game at Bacup on Saturday.

DIFFICULT WEEK FOR PETERS ENDS POSITIVE

Bacup Borough  3 – Darwen 2

Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters started the week facing the prospect of not having a recognised Goal Keeper for the League Cup Semi Final first leg two weeks away, the rules state that loan players are not able to participate and any new signings had to be signed fourteen days prior to the tie and with this also  would need the required number of games in order to play in a semi final, not an easy task given that Bacups keeper James Cottam is on a youth loan from Preston North End , with only two matches before the all important game with Avro time was running out for the Bacup Manager. Manager Brent Peters commented “  our goal keeping situation presented me with a major concern, a situation I have been working on over the past ten days but really not getting very far but then thanks to the efficiency of the Football Association by the speed in which they and their counterparts at the Belgium FA moved to Internationally clear Youth International Thomas Lamlot, a keeper we had on our books from previous but not cleared, this because he was only classed as a minor, Peters went on “ the fact this season at step six there are no play offs my main focus now is trying to get through an extremely tough two legged Semi Final with Avro” Peters said “ for the previous games  I have been changing certain things, be this players, be this team shape, this I will continue to do, whilst our players will know how we are going to go in terms of shape in the Semi Final, I am not so sure the opposition will and that is how I want to keep it, Peters added” this game against Darwen was an extremely important game for myself and my Coach Dave Felgate,  I introduced three debutants, Centre Half Sven Gibson from Prestwich Heys, Thomas Lamlot Goal Keeper & Midfield player Milo Ogden to whom was introduced to me from my previous Coach Danny Jones, I am pleased to say all three had an impressive debut, all three are eligible for the Semi Final so will be great additions pushing for contention, Peters said “ It was good to get Anthony Hall back following a short injury, equally pleasing was the fact Anthony came back not only proving his fitness but with two well taken goals has a bonus, I was also really pleased for young Ben Rhodes, despite his lack of chances in our starting line up his attitude and commitment around the club have been exemplary, Ben was given a start, a good honest performances was rewarded with a goal his determination and desire deserved, Peters went on “ I was pleased with what I saw on show  from all in the first half, we completely dictated the half, Darwen could really think themselves lucky to only be two behind at the break, Peters added “ I must admit there was times in the second half when we dropped our tempo and Darwen did up theirs, I put this down to maybe some of the new lads starting to run on empty after putting in good shifts, I had no complaints about their Penalty, from our point of view it was avoidable, it was lazy defending which is not acceptable, I was also disappointed with their second goal, pro ratio of players behind the ball from Bacup compared to Darwen, no way should the opposition have got through, sadly I could not legislate for those players back there reacting like rabbits in the headlights,, but that apart, all in all after the week that was of sheer frustration, out of this game there was certainly more positives than negatives “ Positive Debuts, Positive team performance for at least three quarters of the game, Positive Anthony Hall back from injury with two goals, positive that Ben Rhodes responds with a goal, positive that we managed to secure the services of a good young keeper in time, and finally and most importantly  Positive we got a well earned three points”

Bacup Borough Team

Thomas Lamlot, Adrian Bellamy( Oliver Crew) Laquan Esdaille, Sven Gibson, Matthew Dell( Harrison Leach), Joshua Walne, Jordan Wilmore ( Kyle Brooks ) Milo Ogden, Darcy O’Connor, Anthony Hall, Benjamin Rhodes

MANAGER REACTION: A week of highs and lows

Following the devastation that Storm Eric brought to Bacup Borough Football Club followed by Bacup progressing into the First Division League Cup Semi Final following an impressive 1-1 draw at AFC Liverpool to progress 3-2 from Penalties, I spoke to the Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters who had this to say “

 

I was totally devastated when I arrived at the ground Saturday Morning ahead of our final preparation before Sundays quarter final in Liverpool, to see a large proportion of the dressing room roof sat in the middle of the pitch and the rest ripped off  nestling on the visitors dug out leaving the entire changing block open to the elements resulting in thousands of pounds worth of damage, Peters added “ we have had issues in the past from the likes of the Beast from The East but in my twenty one years at this football club, what I witnessed following Storm Eric is without doubt the worst I have witnessed, it was carnage, Peters added “ In life we all face adversity from time to time, be this from someone close’s death, bad health or a period of sheer bad luck, at these difficult times you just want your boys to deliver, well at AFC Liverpool every single one of our boys stood together, stayed strong & won the game to progress into the Semi Final, for this I thank each and every one of them.

 

Peters went onto say “ The game was an extremely difficult game something we expected getting into the final stages of this competition, on the day there was nothing to choose between the sides, the result could have gone either way, there was two very good sides on show, Peters went on “ it is always pleasing when what myself and Coach David Felgate have been discussing and planning in the build up to this game comes off, this it did to perfection when Adrian Bellamy does well linking up with Anthony Hall who finished really well to shoot us into the lead, Peters added “ In the first half I felt we was in control and for most of the half were slightly the better side, I always felt comfortable until the Referee awarded Liverpool a penalty around ten minutes away from half time, this most certainly would have been a game changer but we had Harry Turner in goal, since arriving at Bacup the boy has been a revelation, in this game Harry once again never let us down, when called upon he was different class, their penalty was well struck on target but Harry pulled off a top drawer save, it did not stop there, in the penalty shoot out at the end, the boy saved another two spot kicks, Harry played more than his part in our progression to the Semi Final, Peters added “ the Boy even saved the initial shot for Liverpool’s equaliser   debatable if the ball crossed the line, the Referee had no idea, it was left to the Assistant to whom gave it but it was fine margins leaving us all square at the break, Peters added “ to concede just before half time is never a good time, this it proved has AFC Liverpool certainly had the upper hand in the first quarter of the half, we had to defend masterfully and when they did break our defences, they just could not find away past our keeper Harry who was big time on his game, Peters went on “ gradually we weathered their storm to gradually get ourselves back into the contest, we had the chance to nick the tie in the dying minutes when Darcy O’Connor’s header went straight to their keeper, Peters finished by saying “ Over the ninety minutes a draw was probably a fair result has both teams had their spells in that time but the quality and calmness of our penalty takers Anthony Hall, Michael Gervin and Laquan Esdaille was enough to put us into the Semi Final”

JUST GIVING: Help Debra reach her goal to help the Club

Can you help me raise £2000 to Help repair the damaged changing room facilities that are used for team members and youth team members.

Please donate to my JustGiving Crowdfunding Page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/debra-oconnor-2?utm_term=4XKGPWAmK

 

Following the devistation of storm Eric last week, Our very own Debra O’Connor has taken it upon her self to help raise money to repair the changing room block that houses the changing facilities for both the first team and the youth sides as well as the visiting teams to the Brian Boys West View Stadium.

The damage to the changing facilities has hit the club hard causing thousands of pounds worth of damage. The facilities at the ground are used on a regular basis, not just by the first team but by Bacup Borough U21, Bacup Borough U18, Bacup Borough U18’s and thier under 10’s set up.

Bacup Borough is a historic Non League club with a talented pool of players with a passionate manager with a number of great volunteers who try their very best to help the club on match days and at other points during the working week with day to day tasks.

 

 

 

 

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