Bacup Borough start their North West Counties League Season this Saturday at Daisy Hill, but despite Manager Brent Peters having brought together a squad that is more than capable of improving on their last season’s eighth finish, the Bacup boss has been left frustrated not only going into their season opener but for the first month of the campaign. Peters is highly delighted with the quality of his squad despite the loss of last seasons leading goal Scorer Anthony Hall to Winsford, Peters has moved to bring back the previous seasons leading scorer Matthew Bryan from Unibond Side Trafford, talented mid field player Arran Kirk makes a welcome return after spells at 1874 Northwich, Congleton Glossop & New Mills to add to a talented youthful squad, however despite a good pre season which ended in a 3-1 win at AFC Wakefield, Bacup Manager Brent Peters has been left bemoaning on the fact he will for the first month of the season be no where near his strongest side due to Holidays, mixed with suspensions carried over from the previous season, already going into Saturday’s opener at Daisy Hill he will be without the services of Experienced Centre Back Laquan Esdaille, who will be this seasons captain following the departure of Adrian Bellamy. Esdaille has a one match ban from the previous season, in addition striker Matthew Bryan is returning from holiday but will not be back in time to participate. Local boy Ryan Siddall to who has made the step up from the under 21s is also suspended from last season whilst his brother Kyle is unavailable due to being away, a frustrated Manager Brent Peters had this to say “ I am delighted with the quality of the squad we have assembled, it is young, talented and athletic. However for various reasons, mainly holidays which to be honest infuriates me when players playing at this level after three months off take their holidays when the season kicks off, Peters added “ getting off to a good start in any season in any league is important, despite the fact it is a nine month season and a lot of ups and downs can happen in this time, hitting the ground running sets the tone but sadly I don’t see me having my best Bacup side available for another month, something that aint half frustrating, I hope that the players that are available for selection will do us proud and make it difficult for the absentee’s to get back in,, Peters said “ but when you have the likes of Matthew Bryan, Laquan Esdaille, Michael Gervin, who himself is not available until the end of the month. Arron Kirk whilst available for the opener he will not be available for the next two games it does not help in getting continuity, Peters finished by saying “ It is what it is, as frustrating it maybe we have just got to get on with it and hope that we all get what we will be striving for – a positive start “
Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters has parted company with his long serving Captain Adrian Bellamy, this despite the former Captain being full of remorse and insisting his immediate future was with the club.
Bellamy who has played a big part with Bacup Borough for almost ten years, the former Manchester United & England Schoolboy who has had spells with Salford City & Stockport Sports was brought to the club by Peters to whom eventually made Bellamy the club captain but events which unfolded during the Closed Season instigated by Adrian Bellamy himself has reluctantly forced the Bacup Manager to part the ways stating his actions were not befitting of a club captain and would send out the wrong message to the rest of the squad if I was to do a u turn on a decision which was not taken lightly.
The Bacup Manager explained “ It has been well documented that last season we ran with one of our youngest playing squads, despite the fact we did not get off to the best of starts due to having an unsettled Goal Keeping position, once this was resolved we grew into the season finishing in a creditable eighth in the League and Semi Finalists in the Division One Cup, we finished the season with the Team of the Month following three straight away wins and two home draws, Peters added “ the fact we have a lot of young players within their Development which their experiences from the last season can stand them in good stead going forward, to this end it is important they have a good leader on the pitch that can help the boys, something in fairness Adrian has done, however moving forward it is important we build on this, so when I receive a random text from their Captain stating he was maybe considering a New Challenge, then if I was not careful, this could send out the wrong message to such a talented, youthful squad, Peters added “ following talks with Bellamy, I set a deadline insisting I did require a decision, one way or another, the deadline I had set had passed and still no decision, Peters added “ the fact he dismissed the deadline by still keeping his option open, then, has the Manager of Bacup Borough and for the benefit of the club, I just could not afford to be left hanging on, time stands still for no one, to this end with an heavy heart I had to move on, this I did, Peters went on, it was two weeks later when a random text arrived stating that by this time next week he would make a decision of whether he was staying or going” It was at this point that I broke the news and told him we would be moving on without him, not because I wanted, but because I had to do, otherwise I would miss my targets and his replacement had he have decided to leave.
Peters went on “ Adrian was full of remorse, he apologised his actions, he has since shown a desire to stay, but I would not allow any player that has been at the club for the time Adrian has been here, been looked after as well as Adrian to be what seemed to be exploring all options and if all options failed, then using Bacup as an easy fall back, not withstanding this was the Captain, the last person I would expect to be conducting himself in such away “ Peters finished by saying “ I respect the commitment and Loyalty Adrian has shown, only Adrian knows what his motives were, but what ever they were, they have backfired upon him, we are still friends, we will remain friends, I wish Adrian all the best for the future, could he return ? one can never say never, but at this time it would not be in the clubs best interest to over turn my decision, it will send out all of the wrong messages, something I am not prepared to do “
Another Peters Fledgling Commits For The Future . Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters awarded another one of his young guns from Bacup Borough Youth Structure with a contract. Oliver Crew first made his senior debut at Stockport in March of the 2017/18 football season at the tender age of sixteen years of age, Oliver is a left side defender, strong player that loves a challenge, Manager Brent Peters kept faith with Oliver going into the start of the 2018/19 season when following a good pre season and not looking out of place in the Pre Season friendlies, Peters selected Oliver in the opening games and once again he did not disappoint, the biggest disappointment for the boy was he did sustain an injury which kept him on the side lines for several weeks but once fit Oliver worked himself again back into the side which has now earned himself a firm deal going forward. The Bacup Manager Brent Peter’s had this to say ” The fact I gave this boy his debut at sixteen years of age, entrusted him to play at the heart of our defence, just shows how much I think of Oliver, the lad is solid, he is not fazed in putting in a challenge and his timing is impeccable, Oliver would have had far more appearances in the first team than he actually got but for an injury that kept him out for a quarter of the season, his commitment & attitude both on and off the pitch has gone a long way in the boy getting this reward, the fact that Oliver is a valley lad, that is also the cherry on the cake, Peters finished by saying” this contract is not the end, it is the beginning, it is now his hard work starts and he continues his Development”
Eighteen year old Kyle Brooks got his biggest football award to date by earning himself his first Professional Contract with his local club Bacup Borough, Kyle who resides in Weir a little village one mile away from the ground has progressed through Bacup Borough’s own Youth Policy having progressed under Andrew Walker & Darren Reece under the watchful eye of Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters, Kyle had impressed so much that following the last few games of the Senior Team’s 2017/18 football season, Manager Brent Peters stepped him up into the first from which he did not disappoint, this then prompted the Bacup Borough Manager to run with Kyle in the Senior side from the start of the 2018/19 football season, once again not disappointing he was actually selected for 32 games, second best overhaul appearance with Captain Adrian Bellamy on 43, this has earned Kyle with a twelve month deal with an option for a further twelve months.
Manager Brent Peters had this to say “ Having watched Kyle on a regular basis within our Youth Structure he immediately struck me has a level headed boy that was very much hungry to progress in the game, it is one thing having the hunger and desire but Kyle has the ability to go with those attributes, Peters added “ the fact that he started in thirty two games last season speaks volumes on how well the boy is developing, Peters went on to say “ the reason for the contract is reward Kyle on how well Kyle has progressed to date but, it is also to enable the boy to continue his development in an environment where he is relaxed & comfortable and where he has that arena to express himself, Peters added “ this is not because he is the real deal, Kyle is by no means the real deal yet, but believe me he will be, this is providing that he is given that opportunity to continue, here at Bacup he most certainly has that arena, the Head Coach to whom Kyle will be working with is a former International footballer himself, Dave Felgate, to whom also had fourteen years at Manchester City, & his currently working with Liverpool Football Club, Peters added “ When you give young players a chance at our level of the game and they get through the amount of games that Kyle has managed, this obviously will get other Non League Managers looking at him with a view for him to play in their first team but in majority of cases, this is where it ends, they stop their development to use them as a footballer to play at their first team level, I was mindful of this situation hence why one of the reasons was to place this deal onto the table, for one he does not need to get involved with that side of the politics of our game by the fact his head gets messed up of whether he stays or goes and two it is security for him knowing that he can fully concentrate on furthering his development, Peters finished by saying “ The only way I don’t see Kyle Brooks being a future Bacup Borough Captain is because he has furthered his development, he has caught the eye of a football league club from which he will then be taking a positive step in another direction, this is exactly what we are working too, not only with Kyle but there will be some more following”
Manager Brent Peters 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 “
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
….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 “
.. 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.
- Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Comments To Follow
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