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


Dominoes Toppled By Second Half Fight Back


Bacup Borough somehow found reserves of energy to turn around a two goal half-time deficit against relegated Stone Dominoes at Wellbeing Park this evening. In this latest encounter of their gruelling schedule Paul Horridge, Gareth Wager, Shane Birtles, Lee Oldham and Ben Shedwick returned to the starting line-up, with Matthew Hampson making his first start of the season.

On a hard and bobbling pitch Boro struggled to settle against their lively hosts, who were determined to go out of senior football with a good showing after announcing that they would be quitting the league at the end of the season. Team captain Daniel Cocks had the first chance on seven minutes when he got behind the defence but his tame shot was easily held by Jack Ratcliffe. Shedwick headed the next chance over the bar from Birtles corner but Bacup were stunned as the Dominoes took a 28th minute lead, Daniel King’s looping effort beating Horridge in the flight. Shedwick sent another header wide before Cocks was taken down in the area on 37 minutes. He picked himself up to take the resulting spot-kick but the ball was not struck firmly enough and Ratcliffe was able to make the save. Boro were made to pay for that miss two minutes later when Derrick Agbor drove home to increase the hosts lead. It was clear that changes would be needed at the break. HALF-TIME: Stone Dominoes 2  Bacup Borough 0

Brent Peters took off Oldham, Shedwick and Daniel Coleman at the break, bringing on Paul Socha, Artjoms Butorins and Jon Stephenson, making his first start since returning to the club. Butorins was straight into the action, seeing his 47th minute effort held by Ratcliffe. He also had the next chance 8 minutes later, volleying over the bar. There was a major melee around the half way line on 61 minutes which saw two players booked and Stone being reduced to ten men after an off the ball incident. Bacup started to apply more pressure with the numerical advantage and Jon Stephenson reduced the deficit on 74 minutes turning and firing home a debut goal. A minute later Bacup were level. Receiving the ball wide on the left about 40 yards from goal, Butorins saw Ratcliffe off his line and sent home a superb strike that flew over the keepers head into the net to spark wild celebrations from the Boro players. The comeback was completed when five minutes from time Adrian Bellamy stabbed home the ball following a goalmouth scramble to notch his first goal of the season. The final whistle was marred by some scuffles which saw the referee keep Bacup out of the dressing room for several minutes to allow tensions to die down but on finally arriving they could reflect on a job well done. On the downside Lee Oldham picked up a hamstring injury which probably means his season is over. FULL-TIME: Stone Dominoes 2  Bacup Borough 3

BACUP BOROUGH: Horridge, Wager, Birtles, A. Turner, Bellamy, Coleman (sub. Socha 45 mins), Oldham (sub. Stephenson 45 mins), Hampson, Shedwick (sub. Butorins 45 mins), Nhlizyo, Cocks. Sub Not Used: Arrowsmith. Attendance: 20.

MATCH STATS: SHOT ON TARGET: Stone Dominoes 5 Bacup Borough 6  SHOTS OFF TARGET: Stone Dominoes 6 Bacup Borough 8  CORNERS: Stone Dominoes 2 Bacup Borough 2


Sad Borough Hit For Six


Bacup’s fixture backlog caught up with them big time at the Brian Boys West View Stadium tonight as they were put to the sword by an Ashton Athletic side that needed the points to secure their Premier Division safety. As usual it was ‘musical chairs’ in the Boro line-up with Adam Turner, Karl Stanley and Paul Arrowsmith all returning to the side at the expense of Paul Nelson, Shane Birtles and Daniel Cocks.

It was obvious from the off that the visitors were serious about going for the win they needed as they forced a couple of early corners and were denied a 10th minute opener by a goal line clearance. However Borough should have taken the lead in the 16th minute when Daniel Coleman played a superb defence splitting pass to Arrowsmith but he skied the one on one over the bar. Ogden produced a fine one handed stop to keep out Martyn Jackson’s 21st minute free-kick but five minutes later he and Borough were undone when Gareth Grant got free down the left and drilled the ball past him into the corner of the net. At the other end Arrowsmith fired another effort wide before Grant added his second in the 34th minute with a free-kick curled around the wall. The former Runcorn Town man completed his hat-trick on 40 minutes as Borough lost their shape. HALF-TIME: Bacup Borough 0 Ashton Athletic 3

At the interval Peters brought on Cocks and Paul Socha for Coleman and Arrowsmith but the change seemed to have little effect as Daniel Smith broke clear of the defence and slotted home just two minutes after the restart. Worse was to come for Bacup as after the ball was given away sloppily Michael Downing added a 55th minute fifth. As the Borough fans started to wonder if they would need to use the scoreboard on the cricket ground next door Bacup finally started to find a little rhythm. First Cocks found Artjoms Butorins who drove wide and then five minutes later the Russian striker went even closer, heading against the near post. He was replaced by Ben Shedwick and the substitute striker finally put Borough on the scoresheet with a firm downward header in the 81st minute. Three minutes later a fine flowing move saw Dave Gray feed Boic Nhlizyo to calmly slot home his third goal of the season. Any hopes of an unlikely comeback were, however, shortlived as Ashton broke away to win an 87th minute penalty which was converted by Downing to complete the rout. FULL-TIME: Bacup Borough 2 Ashton Athletic 6 

MATCH STATS: SHOTS ON TARGET: Bacup Borough 4 Ashton Athletic 7  SHOTS OFF TARGET: Bacup Borough 7 Ashton Athletic 11  CORNERS: Bacup Borough 4 Ashton Athletic 7  Att: 63.


Peters: ‘Schedule Worse Than Slavery’

At the end of another demanding week we spoke to the Bacup Borough Manager to get his views on the week that was. Brent Peters had this to say: “Whilst I am delighted with the efforts these boys are putting in for the club, I can’t say that I am happy with certain comments having been made following our draw with relegation candidates Squires Gate”. Peters blasted: “I do not know what they think these lads are. As a squad they have just completed their 9th game in 19 days and this week it was their third game in 6 days in a week from which we have taken seven from a possible nine points, scoring four goals and conceding one. This with an injury hit squad. Going into the Squires Gate game we had no Matthew Bryan, Gareth Wager, Arron Kirk, Darren Evans or Tommy Turner all of which have in the main been ever present. In addition missing due to other commitments were Martin Cosgrave, Karl Stanley and Adam Turner. Despite losing the quality and work ethic of these players, the fact that players for whom have been on the fringe all season have been thrust into the lions den with games every other day, the boys are doing more than their best in exceptional circumstances”. Peters added: “Some people need to smell the coffee and look at the bigger picture without being critical or derogative towards a bunch of lads that are going to extreme lengths. Obviously there are going to be games where we play slick passing movement and are creating and scoring goals but the fact is that it is also inevitable that the changes in personnel will dictate the sort of quality we will deliver”. Peters went on: “Just over forty eight hours ago against Congleton the boys went to extreme lengths to get all three points and having to play with ten men for fifty five minutes. For me the Congleton result by the fact that players were struggling with injuries, the fact that we went down to ten men, the fact that every single player did go that extra mile covering for the injured and rallying to ensure the points were coming our way, did make me so proud. Those lads you would want to be in the trenches with but it certainly took its toll going into the Squires Gate game. If the team loses midfield players that have quality and are ball players to be replaced with players that may lack quality but do have the bulldog spirit of battling and winning footballs, then this may in someway explain why the match with Squires Gate turned out like it did. Squires Gate came to us fighting for survival in the Premier league, so it goes without saying they would be fighting. We more than matched them but on the day our quality was not there to open them up. This comes down to either the players capable of opening other teams up were not on their game, this or they were missing and no replacements available like for like but to be disappointed under the circumstances is nonsensical to me”.
Peters then went onto say: “If people are disappointed after the week that was and picking up seven points, then I’ve no doubt they will be even more disappointed this week when we face five games in six games, a farcical situation that will bring with it farcical performances which could bring farcical results. People should get behind us all as what we are about to endure is, I am sure, worse than slavery”


Tired Borough Can’t Open Gate


A laboured performance, perhaps understandable given the demands on the squad, saw Borough struggle to break down a resolute Gate side desperate for the points. As usual lately Brent Peters was forced to make multiple changes. Out from Wednesday nights win over Congleton Town went Adam Turner, Matty Bryan, Arron Kirk, Martin Cosgrave, Martin Peters and Paul Socha and into the starting line-up came Paul Nelson, Luke Morgan back from injury, Nathan Finnegan, David Gray, Lee Oldham, Artjoms Butorins and team captain Daniel Cocks.

The first chance fell to the visitors, the lively Alan Coar heading over on ten minutes. A minute later Gray broke clear of the defence but fired narrowly over. Coar was again in the action at the other end, shooting wide on the turn, whilst Joel Cummings drove over for Gate on 20 minutes. Butorins was struggling to find his usual form and shot wide on the turn whilst the visitors thought they had taken a 23rd minute lead only to see Coar’s effort ruled out for an infringement. Boro had keeper John Ogden to thank for keeping out Max Rothwell’s 26th minute effort with a save low down and he produced another good save to deny Coar three minutes later. As half-time approached the last chance of the half fell to Butorins but his shot was straight into the arms of David Robertson. HALF-TIME: Bacup Borough 0 Squires Gate 0

Any thoughts Borough fans harboured of a more entertaining second period were sadly misplaced as they were treated to more of the same fare. Gate’s shooting perhaps suggested why they are where they are in the league table, Adam Craggs firing well off target on 51 minutes. At the other end Oldham fired over on 64 minutes as Boro struggled to carve out any clear cut chances. Paul Arrowsmith and Robel Kibrear joined the action for Cocks and Boic Nhlizyo but the pattern of the game remained the same. The one threat of an opening came in the 85th minute when Morgan’s run and dangerous cross was well cut out by Robertson. The final whistle came as something of a relief to those in attendance and the game will not linger long in anyone’s memory bank.  FULL-TIME: Bacup Borough 0 Squires Gate 0

BACUP BOROUGH: Ogden, Birtles, Nelson, Morgan, Finnegan, Coleman, Gray, Oldham, Butorins, Nhlizyo (sub. Kibrear 82 mins), Cocks (sub. Arrowsmith 73 mins). Subs Not Used: Socha, Shedwick, Howorth. Att: 49. Man of the Match chosen by Pioneer Gym: Daniel Coleman.

MATCH STATS: SHOTS ON TARGET: Bacup Borough 8 Squires Gate 6  SHOTS OFF TARGET: Bacup Borough 6 Squires Gate 9  CORNERS: Bacup Borough 3 Squires Gate 4.