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”  


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 “




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


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 “





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.


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


Storm Eric – Carnage At Boro

Storm Eric brings carnage to Bacup Borough ripping the entire roof of the changing room block, creating thousands of pounds worth of damage. We have a 1st team, U21, and three youth teams that use the facility weekly and the Bacup teams are devastated. Today’s, Sunday, U18 home game as been postponed.


We Wish Edwin A Speedy Recovery

It is weather like this we must look out for & help our Elders, sad to have to report our President Edwin Crook pictured with our Anthony Hall had a fall earlier in the week and is in Royal Blackburn Hospital in good spirits, we all wish you a healthy speedy recovery Edwin


Managers Reaction: Belief In The Camp Is So Positive

After the game the  Bacup Manager Brent Peters had this to say “  If we are given the chance to get the ball down and play, then we have the players that can play and can hurt teams,  credit to Carlisle City they started the game very well in working hard all over the pitch in ensuring we could not get on the ball in order to dominate possession, Peters added “ we really did struggle but I put that more down to how Carlisle worked us rather than bad play from us, this said when we did get on the ball we would either make the wrong decision and with this give the ball back to our hosts, this or over hit or under hit the ball which again did result in cheaply giving Carlisle the ball back, in addition our midfield unit were constantly playing between players which not only did give the Carlisle midfield chance to get on a ball unopposed but the fact their distances were wrong, Carlisle were winning first and second balls,   Peters admitted when he said “ the only reason Carlisle did not break the deadlock in the first half was the excellent defending has a solid unit that Adrian Bellamy, Laquan Esdaille and Oliver Crew did put in, they were all different class not only did they keep us in the game but equally they protected our Keeper that well that I cant remember a save Lewis Monaghan had to make,  Peters said “ having weathered the storm in the first half  we were hoping for much better in the second half, whilst there was an improvement by the fact our Midfield unit did get amongst their opponents better which in turn got us playing, it was the opening minutes of the half which proved costly, Peters added “ all my left sided defender had to do was step across to the player on his outside that was advancing to get onto the ball which was played into the space, for my player in question this was basic defending but he had switched off, in this matter I personally blame myself for selecting the boy when he had not trained and only arrived back from Ibiza on Thursday, but the fact he is an excellent experienced player that basically I have put my trust in him, I do feel let down because it really was a routine defensive move he would normally execute with ease.

Peters went on “ what was pleasing was the way the boys did respond from this setback, they all really did work hard to get back into the game, when Michael Gervin got onto the end of a free kick  given the time on the clock, given the way the game was going territorially I honestly felt confident we would be returning with a well earned point, what I could not legislate for but it is always a possibility when one of our younger players makes a bad decision by committing himself to attempt to win a football in a situation our Left back seemed to have covered, the ball was in a wide position so in reality it was no danger, well not until the player in question attempts to win the ball from the wrong side, this results in  a foul resulting in a free kick which from this delivery our Hosts score what turned out to be the winning goal, there was only minutes remaining until the final whistle. Peters finished by saying “ of course we are all disappointed but both myself and my Coach Dave Felgate can take away once again plenty of positives, we are work in progress, we are a young side and young players will make honest but sometimes bad decisions, this is where both myself and Dave come in, one thing is a certainty the belief in the camp is so positive that everyone believes we are into something good and both myself Dave Felgate and Jimmy Petruzi have no reason to think otherwise “


Match Report: Carlisle City 2-1 Bacup Borough



Bacup Borough travelled north to Carlisle City in executive style and in buoyant mood but five minutes following the half time break and five minutes from the end proved to be the pivotal moments which turned out to be the difference between coming away with a well earned point which in honesty Bacup certainly deserved but sadly surrendered all three points to the unbeaten Cumbrian side who have won all of their opening matches.

Carlisle started the game really well working hard all over the pitch in an event to not let Bacup settle, if this was their pre arranged game plan it most certainly did work has Bacup struggled to get out of their own half, Bacup’s solid rear guard was more than over worked in the first forty five minutes but between Bellamy, Esdaille, and the excellent Oliver Crew such was their performances that despite the pressure Carlisle was placing onto their visitors the Bacup keeper did not have a save to make,  when eventually Bacup worked their way into the home sides half they did have their moments when Anthony Hall, Michael Gervin and Davison Banda worked the ball well together with Banda bringing a save from the Carlisle keeper, another chance came to open the scoring when Bacup won a free kick on the right of the pitch, the resulting delivery was met by the head of Michael Gervin who’s glancing header whistled just wide of the post,  Some how the half finished with no goals for either side but credit must go to the way Bacup defended ensuring the deadlock was not broken at the break.

Despite Bacup weathering constant pressure in the first forty five minutes with solid defending it seemed the only way Carlisle would score if an individual created an individual error and that is exactly what happened when a clever ball was pushed into the space between centre back and left back, the advancing player to the left of Davison Banda was given the chance to run in behind the defender which resulted in players leaving their post to close the danger, this created gaps from which the home side exploited before shooting themselves into the lead,   credit to Bacup this did not knock their belief they started to bring themselves back into the contest by closing quicker, winning second balls and using the ball slightly better than they did in the first half, gradually you could sense an equaliser was imminent for Bacup, the equaliser came when Josh Walne had been fouled, the resulting free kick was delivered with quality by Joshua Walne

From which Michael Gervin on the blind side of the pack got himself in there to get his side right back in the game, Bacup had already introduced substitute Lewis Holding who replaced Davison Banda, but following was two forced substitutions when defender Oliver Crew had to leave the pitch and striker Matthew Dell, replacing Dell was Ben Rhodes and dropping in at the back replacing Crew was Nathan Tayo,  Bacup were having a really good go at this time in attempting to win the game,  with minutes remaining and Bacup camped in the Carlisle defending third of the pitch, with the ball not being protected, the ball poorly bounced off a Bacup front man, Carlisle broke from back to front forcing a corner which was defended, then comes the deciding moment when a young Bacup forward trying to redeem his mistake did make an effort to win a ball that the Bacup defender Nathan Tayo seemed to be in control of, this challenge resulted in Carlisle gaining a free kick wide on Bacup Borough’s left,  the deliver in was delivered with quality and with such pace that any such connection the ball would sail into the net,  this is exactly what did happen much to the delight of the home side and disappointment of the visitors, whilst Bacup deserved a share of the points, the result came right down to the finest of margins, in the end it was   two poor individual decisions that has proved costly, something these young players must learn from.


Managers Reaction: Proud Of What The Boys Have Given.

Following Saturdays Draw With St Helens I spoke with the Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters who had this to say

“  I am so proud of what the boys have given me in this opening week of the season, we may not have recorded our first win yet but one thing is a stone wall certainty and cannot be taken away from us is the plaudits that have been coming our way from our opponents and followers of Non League by just how well we have played and how well organised we have looked  in our opening games, Peters added “ we have just completed two difficult games in the space of forty five hours, games that have both been competitive and played at a terrific pace, with this we have produced some absolute outstanding football, so much so I was honoured to having received an e-mail on Saturday evening from a neutral football follower that he was so impressed with our football he did take the time to let me know, and in his words, he felt that we had produced football at times which was better than he had witnessed in a lot of higher graded teams, Peters said “ I cant disagree with the gentleman’s comments, it was a sheer joy to watch but we must be more clinical and really hurt teams whilst we are on top, otherwise what can happen is what happened in injury time against St Helens where by the ball spins off my defenders foot taking the ball cruelly past our keeper from a situation he did seem to have covered, this resulting in St Helens recovering one point from a second half we completely did dominate, Peters added “ it was a good team performance but I do think within this team performance I must mention Michael Gervin, Anthony Hall and Josh Walne and Matty Dell to whom combined terrifically through out creating many openings, but equally I must say in order to strive for excellence and achieve this we must start at the back and be hard to beat in ensuring the opposition chances are limited, this is another area I do feel we are achieving this based upon our opening three games having conceded three goals, one an own goal which was unfortunate, the other two goals could easily have been prevented but considering last season defensively our record was not the best, the signs this time around we most certainly do look a solid unit with the Leadership of experienced pairing of Laquan Esdaille and Adrian Bellamy to whom are playing their part with the development of young Oliver Crewe, Peters finished by saying “ we are very much work in progress, there is a long way to go but the early signs following a positive Pre -Season are very good,  keep playing like we are and the boys keep believing in the terrific talent they do possess, then it will not be long before the last two draws do become wins “



Following The Game I spoke To The Bacup Manager Brent Peters who had this to say “

Whilst I am naturally disappointed with the result has my lads are also, we all know they fully deserved something from the game, but result apart I took a lot of pride and satisfaction away from the game by the fact we have worked in the close season hard on team shape, responsibilities in and out of possession, in this respect this game against last season’s promotion contenders was going to be a big test, I was really pleased by the way we executed this, we really did look like a well drilled quality side, providing the boys stick to their tasks going forward, then there will be far more positive results than negative ones, in this game it really did come down to fine margins, whilst their finish was clinical our chances were separated by the post and cross bar, my disappointment with their goal was the fact it actually was created by a quality cross which did come has a result of my player unfortunately taking a bad touch which advanced towards their wide player to whom delivered the quality cross, on the bad touch had my player have carried on and pressed the ball that cross does not happen but he retreated off to mark a player not a danger, the thin margin comes down to simply an innocent but wrong decision from which should that similar situation arise again, I am sure he will do the correct thing by pressing the ball, that was the danger, the ironic part about his touch, if he gets his touch right he would have gone past their player and we would have been breaking, Peters added “ the work rate and discipline from all the boys in difficult hot conditions was really good, I am just so disappointed for the group that their work ethics have resulted in not getting anything from the game, but there is an old but true saying “ you don’t always get what your work rate and play deserves “ credit to Prestwich who scored a slender goal to take maximum points, it was pleasing to hear them saying we will be with them challenging “ whilst it is good to hear things like that, it is now down to our boys in how they react to defeat going forward “