Manager Brent Peters The Bacup Manager had this to say “ We can talk all we want about having a young side and young players are susceptible to be making mistakes and wrong decisions, but this loss was not down to a our youth, this loss was down to what I call has the more experienced players that have been around the North West Counties League for a long time “ Peters added “ I am shocked that these players I am referring too are so poor when it comes to game management, Peters added “ we are winning 2-0, we are kicking down the slope, it is obvious our opponents would come out for the second half and try to put us to the sword, so why my Right back failed to clip the line and instead checking back to get robbed of the ball, but then my Midfield player covered him but he makes a wrong decision by going back inside forcing the press which from this they score, it is complete madness, then one of my designated markers on the corner fails in his duties, another goal, then they play a ball across the six yard box which I think my keeper should deal with, but when it gets to the far post, I get that it was a miss match in height, so if this is the case you don’t give up and let the guy get a free header, lean into the player whilst making an effort to jump would help, then when their midfield player scored by taking up a position on the blind side of my midfield was the straw that really broke the camels back for me, I had discussed this at half time with my midfield has he was doing it all through the first half, they say fore warned is fore armed, well obviously the two senior players in that area didn’t heed that warning, this they got punished for not being aware. Peters finished by saying “ I cant credit the forwards enough, with this I will include Alex Mellor who was in midfield but supporting, I thought they were all different class, they worked hard, scored three goals, for me any team that score three goals in any game, winning 2-0 at the break, should without doubt win the game, we didn’t, the culprits I am referring to by not Game Managing should take an hard look at themselves, it was sacrilege that we came away from this game with only a memory of such a wonder goal from young Joel “
ASHTON TOWN 5-BACUP BOROUGH 3
On the same date in 1996 a certain David Beckham scored a wondergoal from his own half against Wimbledon, Ashton Town & Bacup Borough Supporters were in for a treat witnessing Bacup Borough’s former FC Toulouse Academy graduate Joel Gnabouyou score an identical goal, the eighteen year old in his own half spotted the Ashton keeper off his line, he executed a wonderful piece of individual brilliance sending the ball over the keepers head into the net bringing the boy raptures from the entire stadium, fans and players alike, but this piece of brilliance was not enough to kick start Brent Peters Bacup sides season.
Bacup started the first forty five minutes completely dominating the half with some exquisite football going forward which resulted in a two goal lead at the break, the first goal came as a result of some neat play between Gary Lillie, Aran Kirk from which Alex Mellor took control driving forward up Ashtons right before cutting inside and getting his strike off across their keeper, has the ball struck the foot of the far post Joel Gnabouyou was on it forcing the ball over the line giving his side a deserved lead, Bacup soon doubled their lead when Matthew Bryan latched onto the ball before cutting inside to finish.
It was a real classy first half from Bacup with Ashton struggling with the athleticism of the Bacup team but the same could not be said in the opening four minutes of the second half when for this spell Bacup just self – destructed, in the opening seconds Josh Walne had chance to play the ball forward, he turned back and was challenged leaving him on the floor, Gary Lillie did sweep up but for some reason he turned inside with a pass that forced the press, Ashton won the ball before striking at goal, Monteith full stretch saved but could not prevent the follow up, goal and game on, within seconds the home side had forced a corner, their centre forward was given the luxury of a free header powered past Monteith, all square, the home side were not finished here, they played a long ball across the Bacup box to the far post where there towering player rose above both Oliver Crew and Kyle Brooks to head his team into a 3-2 lead, if this was turning into a disaster it did not stop here when their midfield player had drifted onto the blind side of our midfield, a long ball picked the player out to finish leaving Ashton with a two goal advantage, it was now Bacup Borough’s chance to do what the home side did by cutting that two goal advantage, believe me the visitors gave it a good try, always looking a real threat going forward and when Matthew Bryan played eighteen year old Joel Gnabouyou a pass to his right, with Joel in his own half, he spotted their keeper was well up his penalty area, with this he struck an absolute quality precision lob right over their keepers head into the goal to make it 4-3, Bacup kept pressing forward in a search for their equaliser but when Aran Kirk got disposed from a throw in from Kyle Brooks deep into the Bacup half, it was game over has Ashton put the game well and truly to bed with a well taken finish.
Bacup Borough Club Manager Brent Peters has moved swiftly into appointing former club coach Rossendale Based Danny Jones has the clubs Head of Recruitment, Peters added “ this role is an extremely important and vital role within the operation of the football club, Peters added” given the progression of our Youth structure, the ethos we work with in actively developing our youth players to hopefully eventually be knocking on the door to our senior team, in addition ensuring we have an experienced football person that can cover games at all levels ensuring that Bacup Borough Football Club are represented in order to monitor what is out there with a view to bringing the advanced players into our football club, Peters added “ the fact that Danny Jones has previously been an important member of my senior team staff, the fact that he fully understands what we are trying to build here at Bacup Borough, more importantly he knows exactly how I work and the calibre of player what I like, Peters added “ Danny is experienced by the fact he has been working in this area previously with other non -league clubs not withstanding compiling reports on players for football league clubs, here at Bacup Borough Football Club, this is a great opportunity and challenge for him by the fact he will be solely responsible for that area of the club, working closely with me, Head of Recruitment in any football club is a vitally important role, to this end I am highly delighted that Danny has accepted this position, one which in the future will be rewarding for us all”
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.
Bacup Borough start their North West Counties League Season this Saturday at Daisy Hill, but despite Manager Brent Peters having brought together a squad that is more than capable of improving on their last season’s eighth finish, the Bacup boss has been left frustrated not only going into their season opener but for the first month of the campaign. Peters is highly delighted with the quality of his squad despite the loss of last seasons leading goal Scorer Anthony Hall to Winsford, Peters has moved to bring back the previous seasons leading scorer Matthew Bryan from Unibond Side Trafford, talented mid field player Arran Kirk makes a welcome return after spells at 1874 Northwich, Congleton Glossop & New Mills to add to a talented youthful squad, however despite a good pre season which ended in a 3-1 win at AFC Wakefield, Bacup Manager Brent Peters has been left bemoaning on the fact he will for the first month of the season be no where near his strongest side due to Holidays, mixed with suspensions carried over from the previous season, already going into Saturday’s opener at Daisy Hill he will be without the services of Experienced Centre Back Laquan Esdaille, who will be this seasons captain following the departure of Adrian Bellamy. Esdaille has a one match ban from the previous season, in addition striker Matthew Bryan is returning from holiday but will not be back in time to participate. Local boy Ryan Siddall to who has made the step up from the under 21s is also suspended from last season whilst his brother Kyle is unavailable due to being away, a frustrated Manager Brent Peters had this to say “ I am delighted with the quality of the squad we have assembled, it is young, talented and athletic. However for various reasons, mainly holidays which to be honest infuriates me when players playing at this level after three months off take their holidays when the season kicks off, Peters added “ getting off to a good start in any season in any league is important, despite the fact it is a nine month season and a lot of ups and downs can happen in this time, hitting the ground running sets the tone but sadly I don’t see me having my best Bacup side available for another month, something that aint half frustrating, I hope that the players that are available for selection will do us proud and make it difficult for the absentee’s to get back in,, Peters said “ but when you have the likes of Matthew Bryan, Laquan Esdaille, Michael Gervin, who himself is not available until the end of the month. Arron Kirk whilst available for the opener he will not be available for the next two games it does not help in getting continuity, Peters finished by saying “ It is what it is, as frustrating it maybe we have just got to get on with it and hope that we all get what we will be striving for – a positive start “
Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters has parted company with his long serving Captain Adrian Bellamy, this despite the former Captain being full of remorse and insisting his immediate future was with the club.
Bellamy who has played a big part with Bacup Borough for almost ten years, the former Manchester United & England Schoolboy who has had spells with Salford City & Stockport Sports was brought to the club by Peters to whom eventually made Bellamy the club captain but events which unfolded during the Closed Season instigated by Adrian Bellamy himself has reluctantly forced the Bacup Manager to part the ways stating his actions were not befitting of a club captain and would send out the wrong message to the rest of the squad if I was to do a u turn on a decision which was not taken lightly.
The Bacup Manager explained “ It has been well documented that last season we ran with one of our youngest playing squads, despite the fact we did not get off to the best of starts due to having an unsettled Goal Keeping position, once this was resolved we grew into the season finishing in a creditable eighth in the League and Semi Finalists in the Division One Cup, we finished the season with the Team of the Month following three straight away wins and two home draws, Peters added “ the fact we have a lot of young players within their Development which their experiences from the last season can stand them in good stead going forward, to this end it is important they have a good leader on the pitch that can help the boys, something in fairness Adrian has done, however moving forward it is important we build on this, so when I receive a random text from their Captain stating he was maybe considering a New Challenge, then if I was not careful, this could send out the wrong message to such a talented, youthful squad, Peters added “ following talks with Bellamy, I set a deadline insisting I did require a decision, one way or another, the deadline I had set had passed and still no decision, Peters added “ the fact he dismissed the deadline by still keeping his option open, then, has the Manager of Bacup Borough and for the benefit of the club, I just could not afford to be left hanging on, time stands still for no one, to this end with an heavy heart I had to move on, this I did, Peters went on, it was two weeks later when a random text arrived stating that by this time next week he would make a decision of whether he was staying or going” It was at this point that I broke the news and told him we would be moving on without him, not because I wanted, but because I had to do, otherwise I would miss my targets and his replacement had he have decided to leave.
Peters went on “ Adrian was full of remorse, he apologised his actions, he has since shown a desire to stay, but I would not allow any player that has been at the club for the time Adrian has been here, been looked after as well as Adrian to be what seemed to be exploring all options and if all options failed, then using Bacup as an easy fall back, not withstanding this was the Captain, the last person I would expect to be conducting himself in such away “ Peters finished by saying “ I respect the commitment and Loyalty Adrian has shown, only Adrian knows what his motives were, but what ever they were, they have backfired upon him, we are still friends, we will remain friends, I wish Adrian all the best for the future, could he return ? one can never say never, but at this time it would not be in the clubs best interest to over turn my decision, it will send out all of the wrong messages, something I am not prepared to do “
Another Peters Fledgling Commits For The Future . Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters awarded another one of his young guns from Bacup Borough Youth Structure with a contract. Oliver Crew first made his senior debut at Stockport in March of the 2017/18 football season at the tender age of sixteen years of age, Oliver is a left side defender, strong player that loves a challenge, Manager Brent Peters kept faith with Oliver going into the start of the 2018/19 season when following a good pre season and not looking out of place in the Pre Season friendlies, Peters selected Oliver in the opening games and once again he did not disappoint, the biggest disappointment for the boy was he did sustain an injury which kept him on the side lines for several weeks but once fit Oliver worked himself again back into the side which has now earned himself a firm deal going forward. The Bacup Manager Brent Peter’s had this to say ” The fact I gave this boy his debut at sixteen years of age, entrusted him to play at the heart of our defence, just shows how much I think of Oliver, the lad is solid, he is not fazed in putting in a challenge and his timing is impeccable, Oliver would have had far more appearances in the first team than he actually got but for an injury that kept him out for a quarter of the season, his commitment & attitude both on and off the pitch has gone a long way in the boy getting this reward, the fact that Oliver is a valley lad, that is also the cherry on the cake, Peters finished by saying” this contract is not the end, it is the beginning, it is now his hard work starts and he continues his Development”
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 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 “