MANAGER REACTION: A TERRIFIC TEAM EFFORT ON AND OFF THE PITCH

MANAGER BRENT PETERS COMMENTS

Not only as it been a long hard season but it as been a difficult last three weeks for the boys having to play our final three fixtures away from home, the boys have travelled a total of three hundred and eighty two miles which as seen us travel to Steeton, Cleator Moor and Saturday Atherton LR, once again the boys have surpassed all expectations by getting three victories, picking up maximum points, scoring nine goals and only conceding one, fifty nine points, sixty really as we lose one point through a mistake of the FA’s which I will not go into now, this taking us to a final League position of eighth, coupled with a cup semi final in what has been my youngest collective squad for a long time with boys that have progressed from our own Youth Programme, then I cant help but feel it has been a good rewarding season for us, Peters added “ take our final game at Atherton LR  we play for seventy five minutes with ten men, we finish the game with five goals and concede none, no matter how good or in different the opposition, this can only be achieved by collective work rate, discipline and clinical finishing, all of the ingredients we did produce in this game which enabled us to ensure our lead was not only kept in tact from the score it was at the time of the sending off 3-0 but we also then did  add to that score line, despite losing an experienced defender in Laquan Esdaille  I had every confidence in Reece, Banda and Oliver Crew being able to play together as a three at the back, that apart from a few seconds after the sending off in order to take stock, I had no hesitation in pushing Adrian Bellamy Back up the top and going from a 3-4-3 to a 3-3-3 formation, it certainly worked because but for some terrific stops from their keeper we most definitely looked like we would get more, Peters added “ It was a joy to watch, our three front men of Adrian Bellamy, Anthony Hall, and Matthew Bryan linking up so well, equally having all three getting in on the goals, our Midfield of Josh Walne, Jordan Wilmore & Milo Ogden put in a disciplined performance working together as a unit, ensuring we created and equally when required screened the defence well, Peters added, they all did that well that I can only remember Goal Keeper Peter Monteith having one save of any consequence to make, Peters went on “ this result was a fitting end to what I describe as a good season by the fact we are a young side and very much work in progress,  Peters added “ I would like to thank my First Team Coach Dave Felgate for his excellent contribution throughout the season,  Jimmy Petruzi my Fitness & Sports Science Coach for his contribution, Captain Adrian Bellamy to whom conducted Pre Season and his contribution with the most appearances in the team through out with 43 Appearances  closely followed by Michael Gervin, Anthony Hall, Josh Walne & Matthew Dell, Davison Banda, and Laquan Esdaille,  Credit also to young Kyle Brooks   to whom has stepped up from our Youth Structure with 32 games, only eleven behind his Captain, Peters added “ the reason Kyle was not introduced Saturday was he was feeling, still the effects of an injury.

Peters Finished by praising his staff behind the scenes when he had this to say “ Supporters and the public tend to only look at what is on the Football Pitch, Players, Coaches, the Manager etc, however there are valuable staff that work tirelessly behind the scenes, Peters added “ I cant thank Debra O’Connor enough has she washes and prepares our kits, organises and prepares Hospitality, if my team though out the season was as committed and worked as tirelessly has Debra we would be top of the next league, never mind this Division,  I would like to thank Debra’s Staff,  Shaun Greenwood, Thomas Stratton, Michelle Nuttall Walsh, Joanne Nuttall, Susan Nuttall, Candice Hall, Matthew Lawson, Amy 0’Connor, Billie Jo Walton, Michael Carr, Colin Wilson, Andrew Walker & Darren Reece, Lee Barrett, Colin Bateson, Matt Bromley, Martin McNulty, for their contributions throughout , A special mention must go to our official 9 year old boy boy Dominic Melvin aided by his father Matthew, what a terrific job they have done in a job that should never be underestimated, without balls there is no game, loosing balls is a lot of money to be loosing, they, along with everyone one else mentioned have done myself and Bacup Borough Football Club Proud, I apologise if I have missed anyone off , but once again it has been a terrific team effort on and off the pitch of which I thank you all  for “

MATCH REPORT: ATHERTON VS BACUP

BOROUGH COMPLETE AN HATRICK OF AWAY WINS ON THE ROAD TO BRING THEIR SEASON TO A CLOSE 

 ATHERTON LR -0- BACUP BOROUGH -5

Bacup Borough’s season came to a close on Saturday with an impressive five goal victory at bottom club Atherton LR, this despite playing seventy five minutes with ten men following a fifteenth minute red card for defender Laquan Esdaille who committed what the Referee to deem as a last man foul, by this time Bacup were already three goals to the good.

The Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters went with a 3-4-3 opting to push Captain Adrian Bellamy up front to lead the attack away from his usual centre back duties, Bellamy certainly did not let his Manager down when with just over one minute on the clock from the kick off Midfield player Milo Ogden played a forward pass up the left side of the pitch for Anthony Hall who took on his marker before finding Bellamy who made no mistake in giving his side an early lead, it did not end here when on six minutes this time Bellamy proved provider when he disposed an Atherton player before advancing forward before providing Matthew Bryan who was coming in from Bacup Borough’s right to smash the ball past the Atherton LR keeper,  on thirteen minutes it was three nil, this time good work from Josh Walne in Midfield found Adrian Bellamy who then picked out Anthony Hall who got himself half a yard on his marker before finishing.

 

Bacup were well and truly controlling the game but a lot of things can happen which could maybe make a difference so when on the quarter hour mark a dropping bouncing ball seemed to cause Bacup defender Laquan Esdaille a problem as he went to close the ball against an Atherton forward, the bounce deceived him resulting in catching the attacker resulting in the official awarding Atherton a free kick at the edge of the Bacup box and with it dismissing the Bacup defender so Bacup were now down to ten men, very easily this sending off could have turned the game against Bacup with over an hour still to play, but credit to the Bacup boys they not only worked hard to keep the score intact, they actually kicked on to score more goals and but for a man of the match performance from the Atherton Goal Keeper this game could easily have got to double figures has Matthew Bryan and Adrian Bellamy also had goals ruled out.

 

The second half got underway from which Bacup once again got the ball into the Atherton net, Bacup won a free kick deep into the heart of the Atherton half in a wide area, the ball was delivered which deceived everyone apart from Milo Ogden who was lingering at the far post to head home his first goal for the club.

 

Bacup Borough got their fifth goal following excellent approach play before the ball landing at the feet of Anthony Hall, has he entered their penalty area he was hit by two players before the ball ran loose which Matthew Bryan latched onto, the Referee played advantage from the foul on Hall which proved to be a good decision has Matthew Bryan finished to make the final score Atherton LR -0- Bacup Borough -5.

 

Bacup Team   Peter Monteith, Davison Banda, Laquan Esdaille, Reece Welsh, Milo Ogden, Jordan Wilmore, Josh Walne, Matthew Bryan, Adrian Bellamy ( Ben Rhodes)   Anthony Hall ( Louis Holding )   Sub Not Used   Kyle Brooks

UTTER CARNAGE IN BACUP

Storm Gareth destroys completely what Storm Eric had started, total carnage at Bacup Borough three days before The Division One League Cup Semi Final First Leg tie with Avro.

MANAGER REACTION: The next two weeks are vital

Manager Brent Peters had this to say “  was I happy with our overhaul performance ?   NO I was far from happy given the team I had put out, Peters said “ we started well in the first quarter of the game, our link up play and the manner in which we used the ball was impressive, this was how we scored our opener with quality link up play and an excellent finish from Anthony, Peters added “ at this point I cant get my head around whether some of my players felt it was too easy, therefore it was exhibition time and an excuse to ignore their roles & responsibilities, this or just down right bad play, what I do know is we gave Blackpool a life line at a time in the game we should have been easily doubling our lead, Peters went on “ for one, unless it is absolutely necessary I do not like going back to our keeper, one of the reason’s being what actually happened in Blackpool’s second goal, the ball gets played back to our keeper who shanks his kick which goes direct to an opponent, this then resulted in my other centre back making a clumsy challenge leading to a penalty to Blackpool which they scored, another goal Blackpool created through some of our  players not carrying out their roles and responsibilities out of possession,  their full back gets forward not tracked creating an over load before delivering  a quality cross which was perfectly headed into our own net by one of my defenders, but why he was facing his own goal when that cross was delivered is beggars belief, for this to happen he was obviously not set and his body position wrong, it was poor to say the least, Peters added “ thank fully Matthew Bryan and Anthony Hall were on it, fully focussed and delivering when it mattered, Peters went on “ We had several opportunities to score more goals than the three we actually did score, but at the opposite end of the pitch in the last quarter of an hour, for some  in explicable reason our midfield constantly backed off, not only encouraging pressure but strangulating our defenders at the same time, during this time AFC Blackpool could easily have got themselves an equaliser, Peters added “ I cant explain why we were dropping so deep but it most certainly was a dangerous game to play, but thankfully we got through the game with three points, we got lads through  the game injury free, so we take our focus now onto two extremely difficult games with Avro in the Semi Final of the First Division League  Cup, we have enough talent to see us through, but talent without the work rate and discipline will not be enough, this message will be ringing in our players ears during the build up, this in order to ensure we are has a squad in its entirety fully concentrated and ready to go, the next two weeks are vital to our season

MATCH REPORT: AFC BLACKPOOL vs BACUP BOROUGH

BACUP WIN AT THE SEASIDE, NOW THE FOCUS IS ON SATURDAYS LEAGUE CUP SEMI FINAL FIRST LEG.

 

AFC BLACKPOOL 2 – BACUP BOROUGH -3

 

On an afternoon when the weather played a part in several games in the league being postponed the Bacup Manager Brent Peters was relieved and thank full to AFC Blackpool in working hard ensuring this game went ahead, Peters explained “ Ahead of our League Cup Semi Final I have worked hard in an attempt to  bringing back Matthew Bryan who finished last season as not only our leading goal scorer but also the leading scorer in the North West Counties League which rightly earned him the Leagues player of the year, but for him to be eligible for our Semi Final I had to get him over the line fourteen days prior to the Semi Final, this I did, but then we had to ensure Matty got in at least one game which could only be AFC Blackpool, had this game have been postponed the work to get Matty over the line would have been in vain, Peters added “ I am so grateful to all at Blackpool for their efforts in ensuring the game did get the go ahead “

 

It did not take Mathew Bryan long to make a positive impact when Michael Gervin found Bryan with an exquisite ball, Bryan then had to ride an attempted challenge before a nice weighted pass into the path of his strike partner Anthony Hall who finished off what was an excellent footballing move to shoot Bacup into a fifteen minute lead,  further goals should have followed, Kyle Brooks intercepting a ball to his captain Adrian Bellamy who knocked the ball long, Matthew Bryan struck the ball first time has it dropped into his path but the ball whistled over, further good link up play involving Matthew Dell, Matthew Bryan and Anthony Hall which resulted in a good strong challenge averting Bacup doubling their lead,   at this point it only seemed a matter of time before Bacup doubled their lead but this was not legislating for the Blackpool full back pushing forward before delivering an excellent cross that Bacup defender Sven Gibson ended up heading the ball into his own goal, not only was this a bad goal to give away but it gave the home side a terrific lift and belief, if the headed own goal was not bad enough what happened next was a total disaster,  the ball was with defender Laquan Esdaille who for some reason under no pressure made a decision to play the ball back towards his keeper  who then shanked his kick with the ball going to a Blackpool player who then advanced into the penalty area where the covering defender Sven Gibson made a clumsy challenge giving the referee little opportunity but to award a penalty which was converted,   with half time approaching and Bacup trailing, a position they should not have been in,, it was left to Man of the Match Anthony Hall to drive his side the equaliser when he picked the ball up deep before driving forward into the penalty area where he was sent to the ground, again an easy penalty decision for the Referee, it was Hall himself who stepped up to make it 2-2 at the break.

 

The second half got under way with Bacup creating several good opportunities which came to nothing, this so easily could have had far reaching consequences when Bacup Borough defender Laquan Esdaille was late with a challenge in the box which resulted in the third penalty of the afternoon being awarded, the second for AFC Blackpool, this time Bacup Borough’s keeper Thomas Lamlot was equal to the spot kick by pulling off a good save,  Bacup at this point got out of jail with that save, this spurred Bacup on to create further opportunities, when Matthew Bryan collected the ball from deep  and ran into the heart of Blackpool’s defence before a deft pass over defenders into the feet of Michael Gervin who unflustered got himself half a yard before placing the ball into the corner of the net, giving his side a 2-3 lead.

 

For the closing minutes of the game Bacup were dropping deeper inviting extreme pressure onto themselves but has easily has they won, they could so easily have dropped points, at times desperate defending prevented this happening to eventually win the game 2-3 with all focus now on a difficult Semi Final first leg game at Bacup on Saturday.

MANAGER REACTION: A week of highs and lows

Following the devastation that Storm Eric brought to Bacup Borough Football Club followed by Bacup progressing into the First Division League Cup Semi Final following an impressive 1-1 draw at AFC Liverpool to progress 3-2 from Penalties, I spoke to the Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters who had this to say “

 

I was totally devastated when I arrived at the ground Saturday Morning ahead of our final preparation before Sundays quarter final in Liverpool, to see a large proportion of the dressing room roof sat in the middle of the pitch and the rest ripped off  nestling on the visitors dug out leaving the entire changing block open to the elements resulting in thousands of pounds worth of damage, Peters added “ we have had issues in the past from the likes of the Beast from The East but in my twenty one years at this football club, what I witnessed following Storm Eric is without doubt the worst I have witnessed, it was carnage, Peters added “ In life we all face adversity from time to time, be this from someone close’s death, bad health or a period of sheer bad luck, at these difficult times you just want your boys to deliver, well at AFC Liverpool every single one of our boys stood together, stayed strong & won the game to progress into the Semi Final, for this I thank each and every one of them.

 

Peters went onto say “ The game was an extremely difficult game something we expected getting into the final stages of this competition, on the day there was nothing to choose between the sides, the result could have gone either way, there was two very good sides on show, Peters went on “ it is always pleasing when what myself and Coach David Felgate have been discussing and planning in the build up to this game comes off, this it did to perfection when Adrian Bellamy does well linking up with Anthony Hall who finished really well to shoot us into the lead, Peters added “ In the first half I felt we was in control and for most of the half were slightly the better side, I always felt comfortable until the Referee awarded Liverpool a penalty around ten minutes away from half time, this most certainly would have been a game changer but we had Harry Turner in goal, since arriving at Bacup the boy has been a revelation, in this game Harry once again never let us down, when called upon he was different class, their penalty was well struck on target but Harry pulled off a top drawer save, it did not stop there, in the penalty shoot out at the end, the boy saved another two spot kicks, Harry played more than his part in our progression to the Semi Final, Peters added “ the Boy even saved the initial shot for Liverpool’s equaliser   debatable if the ball crossed the line, the Referee had no idea, it was left to the Assistant to whom gave it but it was fine margins leaving us all square at the break, Peters added “ to concede just before half time is never a good time, this it proved has AFC Liverpool certainly had the upper hand in the first quarter of the half, we had to defend masterfully and when they did break our defences, they just could not find away past our keeper Harry who was big time on his game, Peters went on “ gradually we weathered their storm to gradually get ourselves back into the contest, we had the chance to nick the tie in the dying minutes when Darcy O’Connor’s header went straight to their keeper, Peters finished by saying “ Over the ninety minutes a draw was probably a fair result has both teams had their spells in that time but the quality and calmness of our penalty takers Anthony Hall, Michael Gervin and Laquan Esdaille was enough to put us into the Semi Final”

JUST GIVING: Help Debra reach her goal to help the Club

Can you help me raise £2000 to Help repair the damaged changing room facilities that are used for team members and youth team members.

Please donate to my JustGiving Crowdfunding Page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/debra-oconnor-2?utm_term=4XKGPWAmK

 

Following the devistation of storm Eric last week, Our very own Debra O’Connor has taken it upon her self to help raise money to repair the changing room block that houses the changing facilities for both the first team and the youth sides as well as the visiting teams to the Brian Boys West View Stadium.

The damage to the changing facilities has hit the club hard causing thousands of pounds worth of damage. The facilities at the ground are used on a regular basis, not just by the first team but by Bacup Borough U21, Bacup Borough U18, Bacup Borough U18’s and thier under 10’s set up.

Bacup Borough is a historic Non League club with a talented pool of players with a passionate manager with a number of great volunteers who try their very best to help the club on match days and at other points during the working week with day to day tasks.

 

 

 

 

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FIXTURE POSTPONED

Tomorrow’s NWCFL First Divison match against AFC Darwen has been postponed due to extreme weather conditions. A new date for the fixture is yet to be confirmed.

MATCH REPORT & MANAGER REACTION

FORMER SPURS STAR HAD NO BEARING WHAT SO EVER ON THE RESULT SAYS PETERS!

It was more our deficiencies in situations than the oppositions good play.

Ashton Town 6-Bacup Borough-2

 

Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Insisted the debut of former Tottenham Hotspur star Pascal Chimbonda had little or no effect on the out come of this game, in sighting his own players for their total lack of discipline and not having a winning mentality.

Bacup started this game in dominating fashion creating several really good opportunities created through the lively Matthew Dell, but sadly not getting converted, Bacup really should have been four goals to the good before Ashton Town got anywhere near the Bacup goal, in fact Town’s opener came from Bacup not pressing high allowing their defender to get his head up before sending a long diagonal ball which should have been easily dealt with by the Bacup rear guard but when Nicholas Alessandra got caught under the ball leaving a situation for the Ashton advancing player to attack the space unopposed before producing a clinical finish, not only was this a shock lead given how Bacup had started but the number of attempts Bacup had but failed to convert, one shot from the days hosts showed Bacup the way in finishing, this action was shortly repeated when following a Bacup attack, Ashton counter attacked, for the first and probably the only time in the game that Ashton’s star signing did make a telling contribution with a quality ball that found his team mate that again punished Bacup for not closing down with a first time shot that went in off the Bacup post, this really was a case of two shots and two goals in pro ratio of Bacup’s six attempts and nothing, it was no surprise that the Bacup Manager changed things at the break.

 

When the players returned for the second half we saw that Peters had pushed defender Adrian Bellamy further forward but at this stage no substitutions had been introduced, just like the first half it was Bacup having the majority of the ball, the rain was falling and the pitch in its entirety had disintegrated to a total bog, making any sort of football an impossibility, when a Bacup attack was cleared to thirty yards out, the ball was perfect for Nicholas Alessander to show just what he is capable of and did not disappoint when he struck the ball with such precision, the ball flew into the net giving their keeper no chance, could Bacup get their equaliser ? well, yes they could, another attack down Ashton’s left resulted in the ball coming across the box which Adrian Bellamy connected justifying his Managers half time move to push the ball into the net making the score line all square.

 

In all honesty at this stage there was only one team you would fancy to go onto win, that would be Bacup, however what no one can legislate for, is certain individuals not carrying out their duties which did result in the opposition gaining a flattering 6-2 score line, Ashton got their noses in front again when both the Right Full Back & Right covering  Defender basically let the Ashton attacker go past them with ease before once again clinically firing past the Bacup keeper, then a needless free kick was conceded by the Bacup Right back from which Ashton punished Bacup for, then with another two   embarrassing defensive calamities, Ashton punished Bacup to show them not only how to finish but also how to win football matches when the playing surface is not fit for purpose.

 

Manager Brent Peters Comments

 

“ All Season myself and David Felgate have done nothing but not only defend our players but also praise the boys, sadly there is no defending the in defendable following what happened in this game “ Both myself and David Felgate feel totally let down, we understand there will be defeats along the way in a nine month football season but it is the manner in which any defeat comes, Peters added “ this game soon become a National focal point given the fact such an high profile player had signed for Ashton Town, this really should have been a game that our players could show those that were Nationally interested just how good a team we are and irrespective of the pedigree of Pascal Chimbonda, his appearance should not have had any bearing, Peters went on” given the media circus pre match, given the result post match” it hurt  me big time, more so given the fact that the Media made out that it was Chimbonda the reason for such an emphatic win” Peters said this is so incorrect and could not be further away from the truth “  Peters added “ we dominated that game , we had several really good scoring opportunities, the simple fact is, the player in question should have been more clinical, it was poor, out of possession, strikers know their responsibilities, it only needs one not to carry out those responsibilities, then we have a problem behind us resulting in over loads, this happened, when I see a defender on the score sheet and not from a set piece, I am questioning the strikers big time, “ in addition when we have defenders in position but fail to close the player on the ball down, allowing such player time, space to get his head up to deliver a quality diagonal ball is in itself not good enough, but when the defenders are not set and get caught under the ball for them to score is another thing, their second goal was another instance of  a player not being closed and another instance of a player unopposed producing a clinical finish, Peters went on “ to be fair to our boys, following an half time talk and a tweet of our system, we actually get it back to 2-2, we were the dominant force, we fully deserved to be back in the game, but we really should have kicked on but instead certain defenders lost all of their discipline to the point that Ashton capitalised to score four goals, credit to Ashton for this, but some of what was going on at the back in terms of shape and in discipline was something I would cringe at seeing on the local recreation ground, never mind at a level where players are proven non league players and have played at an higher level” sadly this game was lost by bacup borough, NOT WON BY PASCAL CHIMBONDA OR ASHTON TOWN and this hurts “

 

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Whist in Blackburn Sunday morning with our under 10s, Club Manager Brent Peters and first team player and U10’s coach Josh Walne along with U10 player Harley Jack Peters took the opportunity to visit our club President Edwin Crook in the Royal Blackburn Hospital. Get Well Soon Edwin. ⬛️⬜️⬛️⬜️

MANAGER REACTION: ‘Job done’

Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Commented “   I have to admit having found out about Athrton’s issues, which forced them into basically a complete new side did concern me, these situations usually do not work out how we would like, having escaped some earlier scares opportunities we did, but should not have presented them with, which they most certainly should have scored, we went onto a comfortable win, I was pleased to see Ben Rhodes opening his senior team goal scoring account, Kyle Brooks put in an excellent all around performance in midfield, so for Kyle to score was the icing on the cake for the boy, Peters added “ I have to give the young Atherton side a lot of credit, they worked really hard throughout, in the opening exchanges they most certainly should have been ahead, we rode our luck at this stage, over the ninety minutes the young LR players deserve a lot of credit after their week that was, Peters finished by saying “ has for our boys, they could not do a lot more than ensuring they came out with the points against a team that was always going to be a potential banana skin, this we did, we scored another four goals, conceded none and got what we set out for three points, so job done.”

MATCH REPORT: Bacup vs Atherton LR

BACUP BOROUGH 4- ATHERTON L.R. 0

 

BACUP SURVIVE THEIR SLIPPERY TEST.

 

Following events of the past couple of weeks with the Atherton Club when the club suffered a League banning order over financial irregularities, this followed with their Manager getting the sack and several players leaving in support of their Manager, this left Bacup Borough in a no win situation regarding what ever team Atherton Turned out, this could have been the typical example of work rate will beat talent when talent don’t work, within the first fifteen minutes this busy young Atherton side did capitalise on wrong decisions  from experienced defenders Laquan Esdaille and Adrian Bellamy and when Darcy O’Connor took a bad touch yet another excellent opportunity dropped Atherton’s way before the home side had got going, more composed finishing in all situations for Atherton,Bacup would have been in trouble chasing a game they should never have been chasing,.

 

Once Bacup’s Darcy O’Conner got himself nestled between two defenders at the far post when the ball was delivered from the right, not only did this goal shoot the home side in front but any edgy moments that started in Bacup Borough’s game, this goal settled everything, this was quickly followed by a quality ball in from Bacup Borough’s Josh Walne that was complimented by the head of Adrian Bellamy giving the home side a two goal cushion at the break

 

Following the half time break Manager Brent Peters made his first substitution introducing Benjamin Rhodes replacing Lowis Holding, this was followed by striker Bobby Carter replacing Matthew Dell, it was the combination of Carter and Rhodes that got produced Bacup’s third goal, in a situation that Carter could have taken on their last man before going for goal but unselfishly Carter played the ball one side of  the LR defender into the path of Benjamin Rhodes, the run from Carter taking the defender away opened it up more for Rhodes to go on with a composed finish.

 

Bacup Borough scored their fourth with an Adrian Bellamy assist into Kyle Brooks to finish, Brooks scoring was a fitting reward for a fitting complete all around performance, Atherton LR can also take pride by the fact they gave the home side some nervy moments, and even forced a second half top drawer save from the Bacup keeper Henry Turner

DECEMBER PLAYER OF THE MONTH: ANTHONY HALL

Everyone at Bacup Borough would like to congratulate Anthony Hall for being awarded December’s NWCFL Divison 1 North Player of The Month. Anthony has had a tremendous first half of the season and has capped that off with this personal accolade.

During the month of December, Bacup Borough scored 17 goals in six matches, and Anthony contributed seven of these goals, coupled with two Man of the Match winning performances during the month.

While five of his seven goals have come from the penalty spot, it should also be pointed out that some of those penalties have come about for fouls on Anthony himself.

The opening game of the month, a 2-1 win at Daisy Hill, was the only game in the month that Anthony didn’t score, and his first converted penalty of the month came the following week in the 2-1 defeat at Holker Old Boys.

The following week away at St Helens Town, he scored another penalty in the 6-2 win and in the third game of the month he scored from the spot for a third time as well scoring from open play in the 3-2 defeat of Carlisle City.

He then turned in a repeat performance at Shelley on Boxing Day with two more goals, one from open play and one from the spot in Bacup’s 4-1 win and he rounded off the month by scoring with his 5th penalty of the month in the 2-1 defeat at AFC Darwen.

Bacup are playing some excellent football, and while this is a credit to the entire team, Anthony is the kind of player who excites the Bacup followers, and he can be very much a thorn in the opposition side with his trickery and quick feet. (Courtesy of the NWCFL).