Worst Case Fears Sadly Became Reality

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 “

DEFENCIVE DEFICIENCES DERAIL BACUP AT DAISY HILL

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. 

PETERS BEMOANS HOLIDAYS AHEAD OF SEASON OPENER

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 “

PETERS BLOCKS LONG SERVING CAPTAIN BELLAMYS LATE RETURN

Manager Brent Peters and Adrian Bellamy.

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 “

Oliver’s Commitment Earns Contract

Manger Brent Peters & Oliver Crew signing his contract

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”

KYLES PROGRESS EARNS HIM HIS FIRST SENIOR CONTRACT

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

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

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

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Managers Reaction: 2nd Half Effort Reaps Reward

Manager Brent Peters spoke following the game when he had this to say “ First of all I would like to compliment all of the boys in making such a long journey on a Bank Holiday when in retrospect the game had no importance, it was a great effort from the boys and really shows the attitude the majority of our boys have shown all season, Peters added “ in terms of the game itself, in the first half we had lots of the ball but frustratingly our strikers seemed happy to be stood with their defensive four, Peters added “ I realise they had made new friends but being so close to them did bite the biscuit, hence some strong words from me at the break, Peters went on “ the players I had selected to play upfront are not the type of players to put themselves up amongst big strong centre backs, they are athletic talented players that require the space to be able to produce their skills, not have their attributes stifled by getting into fights every time the ball was delivered forward which was the case in the first half and very much why in the first half we barely looked like scoring, no way was I allowing this to happen, Peters went on “ I was pleased by their reaction coming into the second half, there is an old saying, being cruel to be kind, believe me there was cruel words spoken but praise at full time by the way the boys responded, Peters added “ It was evident to me it needed a different kind of striker up there, I changed the shape to 3-4-3 and pushed Adrian Bellamy up front, on this occasion my decision proved to be positive and correct , it is rewarding when this happens, however there has been plenty of times when decisions made have not worked out like I wanted, so when it does happen it is very pleasing, with Adrian up there it gave us a different dimension and gave our opponents a lot to think about, this created the space I was striving for in the first half, this then got our talented athletic players in Anthony Hall and Matthew Dell, Louis Holding more into the game, assisted by the runs of Josh Walne, Milo Ogen and Jordan Wilmore worked hard in the middle of the park, whilst Laquan Esdaille, Davison Banda and Oliver Crew were in control at the back, equally Kyle Brooks & Ben Rhodes made honest contributions whilst on the pitch . Peters finished by saying “ Not the best start but the ideal ending “

ANOTHER WIN FOR BACUP ON THE ROAD

CLEATOR MOOR CELTIC-1- BACUP BOROUGH -2

Easter Saturday saw Bacup having to make their longest trip of the their season through the top of the English Lakes to Cleator Moor, a venue visiting for their first time, their JBV Park Stadium was in a lovely setting, the pitch looked good but given the glorious weather the pitch was hard thus needing extra touches in order to bring the ball under control, Cleator Moor’s game plan was evident from the off in attempting to get the ball in behind our rear guard early, Bacup had an early let off when an under hit back pass to stand in keeper Peter Monteith was quickly latched upon but luckily for Bacup with Monteith quickly off his line it was enough for the shot to be misdirected wide of goal, Bacup had plenty of the ball in the first half, playing from the back through midfield but sadly the forwards seemed to be getting them selves in a battle with very little creativity being produced, it was a situation of being out battled up the front which did lead to Moor taking the lead, one long ball was sent up the pitch which found its way over the top of Bacup’s defence from which their centre forward got in to finish giving Monteith no chance, Bacup had another let off, this following a Bacup corner from which the ball was cleared to the edge of the Cleator Moor Box, with no Bacup player ringing the box at the time, something Manager Brent Peters was having a go about from his technical area, Cleator Moor broke quickly over loading their final third but thankfully Peter Monteith was alert in keeping his side in the game with a terrific stop.
Bacup managed to get to half time with just a one goal deficit.

The second half started no changes were made at the break but it was evident that some harsh words were spoken at the break has Bacup came out with a total different mind set, an early second half chance came following good inter passing with Josh Walne shooting wide, this followed with a Matthew Dell effort which struck the side netting, despite Bacup Borough’s start to the half Cleator Moor got men forward, the ball was delivered from Bcup’s left half, cleared by Bacup, when Jordon Wilmore’s marker reacted first to get a goal bound shot which brought a stunning save from Monteith, this then prompted the Bacup Manager to change his side’s shape by moving Captain Adrian Bellamy up front, within minutes the score was level and it was that man Bellamy that delivered the all important goal, the move started from a deep position when Matthew Dell got onto the ball before driving forward drawing players out which opened up the space before delivering a perfect cross field ball which Bellamy complimented with a clinical finish, minutes later Bellamy had the ball in the net again when a terrific forward pass from Wilmore to Walne which was put into the path of Bellamy who had made a diagonal run before finishing, this time the Assistant raised his flag ruling it out for off side, Bacup were now well in control but with time going on it looked like Bacup were going to have to settle for one point, this until the final minutes when Josh Walne received the ball deep into his own half, with lots of space in front of him he drove forward, got himself into the Penalty area to be brought down leaving the Referee with no option but to award Bacup a penalty, up stepped Anthony Hall to continue his impressive record from the penalty spot to finish.
This victory was Bacup Borough’s second away victory on the bounce, giving them a return of seven points from their last three games, Saturday see’s Bacup on the road again for their final game of this season when they travel to Atherton LR..

Bacup Borough Team Peter Monteith, Davison Banda, Laquan Esdaille, Adrian Bellamy Kyle Brooks ( Oliver Crew)
Jordan Wilmore, Josh Walne , Milo Ogden, Anthony Hall, Louis Holding ( Ben Rhodes) Matthew Dell

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As the curtain came down on…..

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

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

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

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FOUR OUT OF SIX FOR BACUP ..

 .. AS HALL STRIKES THIRTIETH GOAL OF THE SEASON

 

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

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

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

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

Bacup Borough 1- Shelly 1

Steeton -0- Bacup  Borough 2

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

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

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

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

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