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 “


Match Report: Prestwich Heys 1-0 Bacup Borough

Opening day defeat for Borough, By Matthew Lawson

Brent Peters’ side took to the field at Adie Moran Park in their new crisp and fresh white home kit on the opening day of the North West Counties Football League campaign. Spirits from the Borough camp were at a high, despite the loss of Matthew Bryan to Trafford FC, Peters had the pick of the bunch from last seasons squad as well as his new summer acquisitions Gary Lillie and the returning trio of Matthew Dell, Anthony Hall and Micheal Gervin.

In the opening exchanges of the first half both sides enjoyed good spells of possession as they both looked to stamp their mark on the game.

It was the hosts that took the lead on the 20 minute mark, a first time cross was blocked but the follow up was sent in for deep towards the back post and evaded the Borough back line, The ball was met by Theodore Kidd who placed the ball calmly past Lewis Monahan.

On the half hour mark Borough were unlucky not to be level as Gervin played a superbly timed ball into the path of Dell who’s right footed effort had the keeper rooted to the spot and well beaten, but only to be denied by the crossbar.

With moments of the first half remains the Prestwich bar was left shaking once again, this time following a quality Josh Walne cross from the left Captain Adrian Bellamy rose highest in a crowded penalty area and met the ball with his head which struck the bar dropping down into the six yard box but agonisingly there was no player on the front foot reacting, had there have been it was a simple tap in, Bellamy’s co defender Laquan Esdaille did make an effort but collided with Heys keeper who did need treatment before resuming play.

After the restart Bacup started where they had left off, on the attack, Dell found Gervin who unleashed a right footed effort from the edge of the box, but it was blocked before it could trouble the ‘keeper.

As the game entered the final 15 minutes, Bacup looked the more threatening side, Matthew Dell was inches away from levelling the scores as his curling right footed effort floated just wide of the post.

Substitute Bobby Carter rode a number of challenges well in the penalty area before having his left foot shot saved by the Prestwich Goalkeeper Micheal Smith.

10 minutes from time a Josh Wayne free-kick from 30 yards out flew inches past Smith’s right had post after curling away from the top corner at the last second.

The hosts came out narrow winners on the opening day of the season in a game in which saw Borough’s class, discipline and organisation shine through, despite the full time result the positives definitely out weighed the negatives. Bacup will now turn their attention to their first home game of the Campaign as they welcome Lower Breck FC to The Brian Boys Westview Stadium on Thursday.

 Bacup Team vs Prestwich Heys: Monahan, Walne, Crew (Carter), Bellamy ©, Esdaille, Tayo, Lillie, Constantine, Gervin, Dell, Hall (Holding)

Unused Subs: Brooks, T.Hendley, K.Hendley


Edwin Crook Becomes New Club President

After all this gentlemans (Edwin) contributions over the years, this is the least we could do in asking him to become the clubs President and with it present him with a winters fleece lined jacket with his name on it. Thank you Edwin, it is people like yourself that Clubs survive


Sad News Today

It is with real sadness that our Club President, Former Chairman and Secretary, a Gentleman that brought me to the club 20yrs ago Frank Manning has sadly passed away this morning, our immediate thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

Rest In Peace Frank.

A further tribute will follow.