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Early Bird Season Tickets – UPDATED

2013/14 season is going to be an exciting season in the history of the Boro. The club have already stated in the media that they will be looking to strengthen the squad in readiness to mount a genuine title challenge. In addition there will be other exciting changes being announced shortly. Boro fans have an opportunity to grab themselves an amazing bargain by picking up their season tickets before the end of the current campaign, as the club have announced a series of extra special discounts. The season tickets cover all North West Counties League matches (21 games), any home pre-season friendlies and home matches for the new Development Squad. The only games not covered are cup matches. Prices are as follows:


EARLY BIRD (Pay by June 30th 2013) – £90 (a saving of £36) – Concessions £45

REGULAR (July 1st onwards) – £100 (a saving of £26) – Concessions £50


Executive Season Tickets are also available. These include admissions as above, plus a free matchday magazine and entrance to the Executive Lounge with complimentary tea, coffee and snacks before the game and at half time.


EARLY BIRD EXECUTIVE (Pay by June 30th 2013) – £140

REGULAR EXECUTIVE (July 1st onwards) – £150

There are no concessions for Executive season tickets.


To book a season ticket please call the commercial department on 01706 878655. Or you can e-mail


Be Part Of Our History

As the club moves into a new chapter at its official relaunch on Monday June 17th we will be unveiling a large mural across the front of the main entrance to the Martin Peters Sports Bar. This exciting project, being overseen by our official signs supplier HD Signs, will contain many archive images charting the history of Bacup Borough FC over the years. It will prove a striking backdrop and will be the first thing people see when they arrive at the Stadium. We are offering individual supporters or businesses the opportunity to have their names engraved on the mural, thus preserving their names as part of the clubs history for posterity. This will also assist us in funding this exciting heritage project for future generations of Boro fans. The cost is £100 per unit and a total of 12 units are available. Supporters are welcome to purchase more than one unit. In addition all participants will be listed in the match programme as ‘Supporting Patrons’ for the duration of the 2013/14 season and, if they wish, can have a photograph of themselves appear in the match programme standing alongside the new mural. To book your place in history please call Dave Edler on 07715 629525 or 01706 871733 or e-mail


Bryan Tribute For Final Match

Bacup Borough FC can announce that they will play a tribute match to their late player Bryan Herbert in early July. The game, against Stacksteads St. Josephs FC, will be the first in an annual fixture to contest the Bryan Herbert Trophy. The game will also be the very last match that Bacup Borough FC play under their old title. All pre-season friendlies after this game will be played under the new title announced this week.

Manager Brent Peters has placed Steven Lumb of Stanley Jacks Limited in charge of the Borough team for the day and he had this to say about the fixture: “Due to holidays and the changeover of the squad going forward and also taking account of the fact that our Premium Sponsors Stanley Jacks office is situated midway between both clubs, it seemed a fitting tribute and by way of a thankyou to Stanley Jacks to give permission on this occasion for Steven to select a Bacup Borough guest XI for the match made up of some former, current and guest players”.

A special commemorative programme will be issued for the game, which will be on a date to be finalised as soon as we get clearance from our ground contractors, who will be doing the usual remedial work on the West View pitch over the Summer.



















Bacup Borough FC is proud to announce that it is about to move into an exciting new phase in its illustrious history. From 12 noon on Monday June 17th 2013 the club will be changing its name to Bacup of Rossendale Boro FC. The club, founded in 1875, has only changed its name once previously when it added ‘Borough’ to its previous title of Bacup FC in 1920. Boro were formed before any of the other Rossendale Valley clubs that went on to enjoy semi-professional status. They have watched as Rossendale United (1898), Whitworth Valley and Haslingden have all either folded or dropped out of semi-professional football, most recently observing the sad demise of Rossendale United in 2011 which left them as the ‘last man standing’ in the Valley.

The club are mindful of its new responsibility to be the flag bearers for Rossendale football going forwards. The demographics of Rossendale show that the area has a population of 68,000, which is 14,000 more than Accrington and only 4,000 less than Burnley, clearly enough to support a club playing in the Football League. To achieve its ambitions the club needs to reach out across the whole of its catchment area and to make sure the public realise that it is a club representing the whole of Rossendale and not just Bacup. For the business community of Rossendale and beyond it is another indication that we mean business and can offer them a good return on their investment for involvement with us across the whole of the Rossendale catchment area. For our supporters it shows that we are serious about the ambitions we have shown to move up the football pyramid rapidly. For those that do not currently watch us regularly, some of whom might have previously been followers of the aforementioned clubs, this is a call to join us and help us build a truly inclusive club of which the whole of Rossendale can be proud to call its own.

The clubs new crest is shown above. The title of the club is ‘Boro’ rather than ‘Borough’ to reflect its historic nickname. The parts of the badge represent Cotton, Forestry, Wildlife in Rossendale and Industry. The centre piece of the crest ‘1875 BBFC 2013’ preserves the clubs old identity for posterity. The clubs new motto ‘Prosperity Through Endeavour’ reflects the hard work that will be needed if we are to achieve the bright future that we all seek.

The club will be holding a Press Day on Monday June 17th at 12pm at the Brian Boys West View Stadium. At that time the clubs new playing strips for season 2013/14 will be unveiled along with new signage. The new club website, Twitter accounts and Facebook accounts will also go live under their new titles at that time. There will also be an exciting range of new merchandise available for purchase and supporters are welcome to attend the launch.

Business Development Executive Dave Edler warmly welcomed the new development: “For this club to progress we have to widen our fan base and take the whole of Rossendale with us. The club has a proud history and recent achievements in the past ten years have been phenomenal. However, there is no doubt that the club can achieve even more going forward if the whole of the valley comes in behind us. We wanted to make it clear that we are ‘their’ club. As the custodians of football in Rossendale we have a huge responsibility to ensure that this club does not follow the same route as the other semi-professional clubs and fall by the wayside. We are Rossendale’s flag bearers now and we have to move forwards or we will stagnate.  This change will we hope be the impetus for us to have a great season in 2013/14 as we start what we hope will be a progression up the leagues in the years ahead”.

Boro boss Brent Peters had this to say: “When the National League system came prominently into focus whereby teams can be promoted into the Football League and equally Football League clubs being relegated out of the Football League, whilst this was a positive move as it showed a means to an end, nevertheless in order to be a part of this clubs must now show their ambition. To realise any ambition this will come at a cost. The clubs that are not equipped for this have either sadly gone out of existence, or they have had to make a decision of whilst keeping their identity they have stepped out of the pyramid and gone into an amateur League. The clubs that show they want to be operating within the national pyramid, then without doubt they must ensure they change their entire ethos from an amateur club to one which must move with the times. In order to do this, development must take place and this comes at a cost. Funds must be raised and in order to achieve this then the whole profile of the club must change. With this and the fact that we are Rossendale Valley’s senior football club, to enable us to bring the club into the community of Rossendale and in turn bring the community to the club, then a major step forward to achieve this is to bring the name of Rossendale into the Bacup Boro banner”.


Peters added: “Following a lot of soul searching, discussions with some very important people of which some have been excellent ambassadors over the years, from the discussions did come Bacup of Rossendale Boro, a title that is nothing short of a win, win title. We are Bacup, we are from Rossendale Boro and by the fact people will always say ‘Come on the Boro’ does mean with some significance that our first name still remains, as does our last name of Boro.

The mere fact of introducing the title of Rossendale does with great significance make the club a lot bigger commercial proposition, something that can only ensure the future betterment of our football club, a club not only representing Bacup but that of every town situated within the boundaries of the Rossendale Valley”.

Peters concluded: “During my time Accrington Stanley, Fleetwood Town and Morecambe have gone from where we sit today within the pyramid to becoming a Football League club. This is not in the realms of being impossible as shown by the clubs mentioned. If we are to get anywhere near where those teams have progressed to, then without doubt this inclusion of Rossendale is the first major step in many that will hopefully see us reach our goal and with it secure the long term future of our club. I would like to thank the The Football Association, The Lancashire FA and the North West Counties Football League who have all had to agree to enable this to take place. ”




2013/14 Kit Sponsors On Board

Stanley JacksBacup Borough FC are delighted to announce that Platinum Sponsors Stanley Jacks Limited Heating & Plumbing have upgraded their sponsorship to become official First Team Kit Sponsors for the 2013/14 season. The name of the company will appear on the front of the shirts in what will be a historic season for the club, along with that of Main Sponsors Boys. Stanley Jacks were the first company to jump onboard when the new graded sponsorship packages were introduced last season and they thus became our first Platinum Sponsors. Now they have taken that a stage further by becoming official Kit Sponsors.

Business Development Executive Dave Edler welcomed the move: “I am delighted with this excellent news. Steven Lumb and the Stanley Jacks team have been very supportive sponsors since they signed up last season and have attended many home and away games. They have given excellent feedback on the results they have had from being involved with the club and we are delighted that they have seen a return on their investment. We look forward to the relationship going from strength to strength as the club continues to progress”.

The new kit will be formally launched at a Press Day at the club on Monday June 17th 2013. Further details to follow later in the week.


End Of Season Event Announced

Bacup Borough FC can announce that it’s CLUB PRESENTATION EVENT will be taking place on Sunday June 16th 2013. Please keep this date free in your diaries and look for full details to be released on the website shortly. Amongst other things the result of the ‘Supporters Player of the Season’ for 2013/13 will be revealed at the event.

Latest Gold Sponsor Is Revealed

Bacup Borough FC is delighted to welcome Scott Dawson Advertising on board as their latest Gold Sponsors, and their first new additions for their 2013/14 season portfolio. Scott Dawson have more than 30 years experience of marketing and employ more than 40 staff at their Burnley offices. They have created innovative and creative marketing campaigns for some of the biggest names in industry and retail, as well as designing campaigns for SME’s and other organisations, with all services carried out in-house.

As usual full details of the sponsorship will be released in due course but Business Development Executive Dave Edler had this to say: “I would like to warmly welcome Murray Dawson and his team to Bacup Borough FC as the latest addition to our Family. They join us at an exciting time for the club and they are ideally placed to assist us in maximising the opportunities that will arise from the major press release that the club will be making next week. The close season is always the busiest time of the year for the commercial department at any football club and so expect this to be the start of a series of new announcements over the coming weeks. We expect Scott Dawson to play an integral part in the clubs development over the next few months and it goes without saying that we also welcome their cash injection. As with all our recent new additions they have bought into the vision that we all share for the potential that lies at the club and we look forward to them being part of the exciting times that we are all sure lie ahead”.

You can view Scott Dawson’s website by visiting



Borough Wrap It Up With A Draw


Bacup made it just 2 defeats from their final 12 matches as their mammoth 2012/13 season campaign finally drew to a close at a sun kissed West View Stadium yesterday afternoon. The attraction of a bouncy castle, plus the chance to take 5 penalty kicks at Borough boss Brent Peters after the game, helped swell the gate to three figures for only the third time this season and played right into the hands of those calling for Summer football. On the pitch Mark Clapham finally made his home debut in goal, whilst there were recalls to the side for Paul Nelson, Jon Stephenson and Ben Shedwick.

Unlike most of the games during the infamous run-in, this one really had an ‘end of season’ feel, played in a relaxed atmosphere in the hot weather. In the early stages Shedwick headed narrowly over, whilst Lee Oldham saw his header held by Ryan Taylor. Daniel Cocks fired wide on 21 minutes whilst for the visitors Michael Sykes-Wright saw his crisp effort well held by Clapham in what was to prove their only on target shot of the match. The last chance of the half saw Matty Bryan’s dangerous whipped in cross headed to safety for a corner. HALF-TIME: Bacup Borough 0 St. Helens Town 0

Artjoms Butorins joined the action for Shedwick at the interval but within three minutes of his arrival he collected a booking for a late challenge. Bryan sent in another superb cross on 50 minutes, this time headed wide by Oldham. On 62 minutes Oldham and Shane Birtles linked up well before the latter fired over. It was this pair that were having most of the goal chances, Oldham heading over again on 65 and Birtles firing wide after a good run two minutes later. With 20 minutes to go Stephenson produced the best save of the match from Taylor after cutting in from the right and unleashing a strong effort at goal. The only other action of note was the booking of substitute Paul Arrowsmith for what was deemed as a two footed challenge, although he won the ball cleanly. The game ended with both sides receiving a warm round of applause from their respective supporters and with most of the crowd staying back for over an hour afterwards for the penalty kicks competition it was a very pleasant end to what has been a tough season for the club. FULL-TIME: Bacup Borough 0  St. Helens Town 0

BACUP BOROUGH: Clapham, Nelson (sub. Howorth 86 mins), Morgan, Birtles, Coleman, Cocks (sub. Arrowsmith 60 mins), Stephenson, Shewick (sub. Butorins 45 mins), Nhlizyo, Bryan. Subs Not Used: Kibreab, Socha. Att: 109.

MATCH STATS: SHOTS ON TARGET: Bacup Borough 4 St. Helens Town 1  SHOTS OFF TARGET: Bacup Borough 12 St. Helens Town 4  CORNERS: Bacup Borough 7 St. Helens Town 2.

Match Sponsors P & L Steel Fabrications and their guest Mick Docherty (son of Tommy) chose Borough’s Daniel Coleman as their man of the match. Here they are seen below presenting the award:



Peters: “Players Were Up To Impossible Task”

Following a gruelling month which brings only one game left on Bank Holiday Monday, we asked the Bacup Manager Brent Peters for his views on the last seven days when he had this to say: “Having just completed fourteen games in the last twenty six days which has produced a record of having been unbeaten in nine of those games, I really cannot give my entire squad of players enough credit for their application and determination to see the job through. We have performed in a positive fashion during a period from which just over half of our seasons league games have been conducted within this time frame”. Peters went on to say: “At a time when FA Vase Winners Spennymoor Town from the Northern League, a league at the same level as the North West Counties League step five, have been granted an extension until the 15th of May it seems quite obvious that by the fact of our league giving us a fixture schedule like we have just had with no thought for the staff at the football club, no thought for the players welfare, then it seems to me that they were trying to give us enough rope to hang ourselves. By this I mean by not being able to put teams out there. It has not been easy. What people must remember is that apart from three contract players, the rest are non contract which means we do not have hold of them. It means that if these boys refused to play back to back games, this or games every other night, then there would be nothing I would be able to do about this. Then there is the situation of players picking up knocks, pulls & strains. With no recovery time between games, they either have carried on playing for the cause but at a serious risk of making their injury worse, this or they drop out which then reduces my hand in terms of numbers and quality in selection. But once again these lads have gone to extra lengths to go through the pain in order to get us through this ordeal. Skipper Daniel Cocks for weeks has not been anywhere near fit and still is struggling to where we know he he should be. Then Arron Kirk stayed on the pitch against Congleton when had we not have been reduced to ten men he would have come off. The fact he did not and by the fact of playing whilst injured it has now made it impossible for him to play as his problem is an even greater problem. We had no defenders going to Stone and the manner of the person Gareth Wager is, he played at Stone despite having ligament damage. By doing this he has had to miss the rest of the season and with it his work”. Peters added: “My lads have gone to exceptional lengths within an extremely demanding month, this is due to the fact that they have respect for this club, respect for me and my staff but it does not just stop there because I have the utmost respect for these lads also. Yes, at times I may have to cross swords with them but that is part of the job. Respect is a two way thing, if one shows it and gives it, then it comes back in return as these great bunch of lads have shown”.
Peters then looked back on the week and said this: ” Monday against Ashton Athletic was always going to be tough against a team fighting for their survival in this division. I have no complaints we were brushed aside by a hungry determined team that had lots to play for. Their survival could not have happened to a nicer club and excellent Manager in Jimmy McBride. We managed twenty four hours off before making the trip to Stone in Staffordshire, at two down at half time and the lads looking as flat as a tyre I had to do something. I made three substitutions although one was forced upon me. I moved Wager from the heart of the defence, I brought on Jon Stephenson with Butorins and gave the one instruction of get the ball forward. If we do we will score, if we score we have a chance of winning. This we did with both substitutes scoring. The following night we play Norton to earn a well earned 2-2 draw, but the highlight of the week for me was what did unfold on Friday at AFC Liverpool. They had been having some really good results, it was their last game and they wanted to finish their season well. They had not played the previous two nights as we had, we had no recognised defenders and I did not have one of my regular keepers available. The only way I could field a side was to play some lads that had played in the previous games, these along with lads that had not played at this level all season. It really was a Roy of the Rovers team with a Roy of the Rovers finish. I sat in the changing rooms with the boys, got them organised the best I could, could they take their instructions on board was my thoughts, but yes they did. We got off to a great start, then an unfortunate own goal got them back into it. This was all they needed to step up the tempo putting pressure after pressure onto us. Mark Clapham in goal was tremendous. We go in all square at the break, some more fine tuning by myself and off the lads went again. Just believe, just work hard, rewards will come was my words to them. Yes, the rewards did come but not before a set back of going 2-1 down. After witnessing what I had witnessed and the immense pressure these lads were under, then once the second goal does go in a lot of teams would have capitulated. Not these Bacup lads, they kept their beliefs, they kept working hard knowing that one break would open the door for a goal. Well almost on ninety minutes, Roy of the Rovers could not have been written better when against all odds, Bacup got their equaliser and one point that their best efforts deserved”. Peters added: “I really did enjoy watching and deservedly earning themselves one point. The last game less than twenty four hours later was against my old club Glossop, another spirited display from which whilst I don’t like singling players out when it has been a terrific effort from all, but once again going into this game with no recognised centre backs I had little option but to move Shane Birtles and Danny Coleman there, two lads that had been involved in the majority of our last few games. Not easy to say the least, but once again massive credit to them both. This was really a game about both keepers that did ensure neither of the two teams got the upper hand by way of goals. Ben Proctor pulled a terrific save off from Artjoms Butorins following a clever ball from Lee Oldham, another player to whom just recently did undergo an operation on his knee but has defied all odds to make it back to help our cause. In the second half our John Ogden did make a vital save to ensure another well earned point.” Peters finished by saying: ” Unbeaten in nine games, competed in twenty six days does take some doing, surmounting credit must go to the players for producing this on the face of what was an impossible task”




Family Fun Day At St. Helens Game

Tomorrow afternoon at the Brian Boys West View Stadium, Bacup Borough take on St. Helens Town in their final league game of the season, kick-off 3 pm. The match is kindly sponsored by P & L Steel Fabrications of New Line, Bacup.

As well as the action on the pitch the club are holding a Family Fun Day with a bouncy castle and a penalty kicks competition with the chance for youngsters of all ages to take kicks against Borough boss Brent Peters after the game. Admission is FREE for up to 2 children with each paying adult.

Voting slips will be available at the match for fans to vote for the Supporters Player of the Season for 2013/14.


Borough Battle To The Bitter North End


Bacup found some hidden reserves of energy to battle for another point as they played their fourth game in four days at the Brian Boys West View Stadium today. Just 17 hours after they had left the pitch at AFC Liverpool, 5 of the same starting line-up were on the pitch again in the shape of Boic Nhlizyo, Daniel Coleman, David Gray, Artjoms Butorins and Daniel Cocks. They were joined this time by the returning John Ogden, Shane Birtles, Luke Morgan, Lee Oldham, Martin Cosgrave and Matty Bryan.

Coleman had the first effort of the match, driving wide from distance after nine minutes. Two minutes later Ogden produced a good stop to keep out Ben Connolly’s effort. At the other end on the quarter hour mark Bryan’s excellent free-kick was headed inches wide by Oldham. In the 26th minute Butorins shot on the turn went narrowly wide and he was even closer a moment later when Ben Proctor produced a fine one handed save to keep out his goalbound effort. Fatigue finally caught up with Gray on 32 minutes as he made way for Aleem Saleem, getting some game time for the first time this season. It was Saleem who drove narrowly wide on 43 minutes whilst the half ended with Bryan firing over. HALF-TIME: Bacup Borough 0 Glossop North End 0

The second half was a more even and cagey affair with little in the way of clear cut chances. Oldham scooped an effort over the bar on 70 minutes, whilst six minutes later at the other end Dean McGregor was denied by a fine save from Ogden. Cocks had an effort blocked in the area and the last serious goal threat came nine minutes from time when Ashley Smallwood’s strike cannoned off the crossbar to safety for the visitors. So, four games in four days and no defeats, six points gained. Everyone at the club salutes the gallant efforts of the players who should never have been put in this ridiculous situation. They now finally have 24 hours off before we go again for the final time against St. Helens Town on Monday. Come back tomorrow when Brent will be rounding up the weeks action from his point of view. FULL-TIME: Bacup Borough 0  Glossop North End 0

BACUP BOROUGH: Ogden, Birtles, Morgan, Nhlizyo, Coleman, Oldham, Cosgrave, Gray (sub. Saleem 32 mins), Butorins, Cocks, Bryan. Subs Not Used: Howorth, Socha, Kibreab, Nelson. Att: 91.

MATCH STATS: SHOTS ON TARGET: Bacup Borough 5 Glossop North End 5  SHOTS OFF TARGET: Bacup Borough 12 Glossop North End 7  CORNERS: Bacup Borough 5 Glossop North End 8.


Clapham Keeps Out Liverpool Onslaught


Playing only his second game of the season, Borough had young keeper Mark Clapham to thank for a superb display of goalkeeping that earnt them another point from their third game in three days. In this latest encounter on their gruelling schedule only three players survived from the previous nights starts against Norton United:- Paul Arrowsmith, Robel Kibreab and David Gray. Back into the side came Clapham, for his first game since early August, Martin Peters, Artjoms Butorins, Adrian Bellamy, Daniel Coleman, Ben Shedwick, Boic Nhlizyo and Daniel Cocks.

Bacup stunned their hosts by taking a fifth minute lead. Shedwick fed Cocks, who delighted the small pocket of travelling fans with a superb finish past Sean Lake for his 17th goal of the season. Borough were lively in the early stages and Nhlizyo almost played in Gray on 13 minutes but Lake came off his line well to avert the danger. However from that moment on the vast majority of the action was in and around the Bacup penalty area as the Reds pushed Boro deeper and deeper. Clapham produced a fine one handed save to push Steve Jones 16th minute effort around the post but after a series of Liverpool corners there was little he could do when sweeper Martin Peters sent a backwards header that went over his head and into the net via a post for an own goal. For the remainder of the half only some wild shooting and excellent keeping kept the scores level, although Shedwick almost restored Borough’s lead when firing Cocks 44th minute corner narrowly wide. HALF-TIME: AFC Liverpool 1 Bacup Borough 1

For the opening few minutes of the second period Bacup’s forwards saw more of the ball and Shedwick’s snapshot had to be well held by Lake. However it wasn’t long before Liverpool were piling on the pressure again and they duly took the lead on 56 minutes when Shaun Harris was given room to advance with defenders standing off before he fired low past Clapham. The home side forced corner after corner, three of them the result of     a masterclass in shot stopping from the Borough keeper. However, in the 84th minute Arrowsmith’s sweetly struck effort almost brought a leveller. In the 87th minute Peters sent an effort over the bar but just as time looked to be running out Bellamy hooked the ball home to the bemusement of the Liverpool players and fans. Although the match stats may say otherwise, for sheer resilience of character with the schedule they have had Bacup fully deserved to take something out of this game. They hung in under immense pressure when it would have been easier to buckle and then they took their chance when it came. The generous ovation they received from both sets of supporters as they left the pitch was testament to that fact. FULL-TIME: AFC Liverpool 2  Bacup Borough 2

BACUP BOROUGH: Clapham, M. Peters, Arrowsmith, Butorins, Bellamy, Coleman (sub. Socha 64 mins), Kibreab, Gray, Shedwick, Nhlizyo, Cocks. Subs Not Used: Birtles, Nelson, B. Peters, Finnegan.  Att: 92.

MATCH STATS: SHOTS ON TARGET: AFC Liverpool 16 Bacup Borough 4  SHOTS OFF TARGET: AFC Liverpool 18 Bacup Borough 3  CORNERS: AFC Liverpool 12 Bacup Borough 3.



Hawthorn Are Latest Gold Sponsors

Bacup Borough FC are delighted to welcome Hawthorn Estates of Lumb, Rossendale to the club as new Gold Sponsors for season 2013/14, as well as sponsors of next seasons Third playing strip. Hawthorn are a Facilities Management Company offering a range of services such as managing a landlord’s property portfolio down to landscape maintainence and cleaning which are carried out in house. They also offer a range of services for professional and semi-professional footballers and sportsmen.

We will launch full details of this sponsorship over the next few weeks but Business Development Executive Dave Edler had this to say: “I am delighted to welcome Kevin Millar and his team on board as our latest Gold Sponsors. We are always delighted to have new companies on board with us and with Hawthorn I think there is a real synergy between what they are looking to achieve and what we can offer them as a club to help them broadcast their message in the right areas. They intend to take an active part in their sponsorship and we look forward to welcoming them as our guests at the St. Helens Town game on Monday afternoon. I am sure that this partnership will blossom in the future and we look forward to working with them to achieve both our aims”.


Borough Battle For Deserved Point


Just 24 hours after their hard fought win over Stone Dominoes, Borough were back in action again against Norton. Once again there were plenty of changes to personnel with John Ogden, Paul Nelson, Nathan Finnegan, Karl Stanley, David Gray and Paul Arrowsmith returning to the starting line-up, with Robel Kibrear earning his first start and Sam Hibbert his debut. Only Shane Birtles, Matthew Hampson and Adam Turner remained from the side that started last night.

Bacup started in a surprisingly lively fashion and in the third minute Gray’s shot on the turn produced a fine save from Christopher Dutton. Karl Stanley came agonisingly close to opening the scoring on 21 minutes when his driven ball went narrowly wide across the face of goal. Moments later Arrowsmith drove over before Norton took a 27th minute lead, Jonathan Beaumont scrambling the ball home. Stanley had another effort off target before Arrowsmith’s sweetly struck 36th minute free-kick drew a superb save from Dutton at his near post. However Arrowsmith was not to be denied his first goal for the club and a minute later, after superb acrobatics from Hibbert to set him up, he powered home the equaliser. Boro were now well on top and just moments later a good run from Gray ended with him firing wide across goal. HALF-TIME: Bacup Borough 1 Norton United 1

Two minutes after the restart Daniel Cocks was introduced after the hard working Hibbert picked up an injury. Bacup almost took the lead in the 53rd minute when Gray’s effort deflected off Dutton before being cleared off the line. Just two minutes later Cocks charged down Dutton’s attempted clearance and then kept his cool to round the keeper and calmly slot the ball into the net. Ogden produced a fine one handed save to keep Borough ahead after 59 minutes but was powerless to prevent Joe Donaldson bundling home an 80th minute leveller, although there was a question mark over whether the whole of the ball had crossed the line. All in all, though, Borough have to be happy with a point in their crazy schedule and can content themselves that they are currently 7th in the ‘current form’ table produced by the league. Now its on the road again tomorrow night (Friday) with a trip to face AFC Liverpool. FULL-TIME: Bacup Borough 2 Norton United 2

BACUP BOROUGH: Ogden, Birtles, Nelson, A. Turner, Finnegan, Stanley, Kibrear (sub. Coleman 66 mins), Hibbert (sub. Cocks 47 mins), Gray, Hampson, Arrowsmith. Subs Not Used: Howorth, Socha, Nhlizyo. Att: 42

MATCH STATS: SHOTS ON TARGET: Bacup Borough 6 Norton United 10  SHOTS OFF TARGET: Bacup Borough 7 Norton United 6  CORNERS: Bacup Borough 3 Norton United 7