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.
The Bacup Manager Brent Peters spoke after the game when he had this to say ” Before I Annalise my teams performance I would like to congratulate both sides for the way they both contributed to this game ” Peters added there were two young honest sides competing that produced football and sportsmanship between both that was a credit to the North West Counties League, to a neutral this was very much a very good exciting game of football ” Peters added in the first half and even right up until us giving a way a needless penalty, I thought we looked comfortable, well in control and only a case of how many goals we would achieve, however once we give the penalty away and it was converted, the game did come down to fine margins, Peters commented ” the boy seemed to be caught flat footed and then reacting late which resulted in catching the player who had moved the ball, the boy has to take control in that situation, the late reaction cost us, from this we then started to get anxious in our defending resulting in unnecessary free kicks, this inviting pressure, again something we got punished from, when Chadderton had clawed their way back to 3-3 it seemed like it would end this way ” however this is where I pay our troops great credit by the fact they never once let their heads drop, they all believed in each of their own ability which in the end we got our just rewards with another Match winning goal from Joel, Peters finished by saying ” before I start to be questioned as to why Joel has not been starting, Peters said ” for one Substitutes in a lot of cases are as much, if not more important than the starting eleven, they are selected to make a difference, it is fair to say Joel has made a difference in the two games he has been introduced, the second thing being, the boy has a raw talent in terms of other parts of his game, his game awareness in terms of where to be in certain situations within our teams structure, it is more advantageous to explain these to him as the game is going on, we must remember he is here to develop his all around game, the fact he is from another country with limited English, we believe this is the best way to help him understand, ” in addition and likewise to Joel I have been pleased with each and everyone of our boys contribution in our last two games, if it is not broken, then do not fix it is what I believe ”
Bacup Borough 1-Pilkington FC -0
Chadderton -3- Bacup Borough -4
Bacup Borough played their second game in three days over the Bank Holiday weekend coming out with maximum points from their two games, Saturday’s home fixture with Pilkington FC to whom themselves arrived in town on the back of an impressive win against the early league pacesetters Lower Breck were for long periods against Bacup second best when it came to possession, but despite the home side dominating the game it did seem like it was going to be another frustrating afternoon of mist chances which was going to once again deny Bacup the points, this until the second half when Manager Brent Peters introduced his young French prodigy eighteen year old Joel Gnabouyou who himself did not take long to show his team mates just how to finish, on seventy three minutes Joel received the ball thirty yards out, with his head up he had one thing on his mind which was goal and what a goal it proved to be, first of all he took his defender on, once he got past the player he struck the ball with power, precision and accuracy giving the Pilkington keeper no chance, this goal and victory was nothing short of what Bacup deserved.
Such was Bacup Borough’s dominance in the first half it was obvious the Chadderton Manager would change his team’s shape in order to ask Bacup some questions, despite this it was Matthew Bryan to whom produced a good shot which equally produced an outstanding save from the Chadderton keeper for a corner which was defended.
Bank Holiday Monday Bacup made the short trip to Chadderton, Manager Brent Peters kept the faith with the lads that secured victory against Pilkington and once again the lads did not disappoint, with thirty seconds on the clock Matthew Bryan had opened the scoring, the move started down the Bacup’s left with Jack Holt who found Alex Mellor who then played an intelligent ball into Matthew Bryan who finished with power and precision, Bacup continued to dominate possession restricting Chadderton to one long range shot which did test Peter Monteith in the Bacup goal, with a little more than half an hour into the game Bacup doubled their lead when Alex Mellor timed his run to perfection beating the Chadderton off side, Bacup’s midfield put a neatly weighted ball into Mellor’s path who beat the Chadderton keeper with his goal bound effort but His team mate Kyle Siddle ensured the ball continued over the line doubling his teams lead at the break.
Chadderton got a life line from the penalty spot following a late reaction from defender Oliver Crew to whom caught the lad instead of the ball, the penalty was scored with ease, for the second game running Peters first change for Bacup was again the introduction of striker Joel Gnabouyou to whom it did not take long before his introduction did make an impact, he linked up well with his strike partner Matthew Bryan who got his second goal of the afternoon giving his team a two goal cushion.
With the clock ticking down Bacup did look like comfortably they would finish the game but their host had different ideas, when the Bacup central defenders failed to clear the ball which then resulted in a corner, it was from this corner that the Chadderton player got what seemed like a free header to make the score 3-2, it was now a question of whether this young Bacup side could see the game out, another bit of rash defending was created resulting in a free kick, the ball was delivered with lots of bodies in and around the box, the cross came in and was not dealt with, this resulted in a scramble at the far post which Chadderton did force over the line to make it 3-3, with time more or less up this goal looked like Chadderton had earned themselves a point from the jaws of defeat, but Bacup had other idea’s, from the kick off Bacup sent the ball long Alex Mellor got himself in a great position, he found Alex Luby who in turn found Joel Gnabouyou who for the second game running he made no mistake with his finish securing his side another three valuable points.
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.