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. ⬛️⬜️⬛️⬜️


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





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


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).



MANAGER REACTION: We only have ourselves to blame



Garstang 1-Bacup Borough -0


Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters went into this game without the services of recently announced Player of the Month Anthony Hall who was out injured having pulled his groin and Matthew Dell another player that has been instrumental in helping Bacup to seventeen goals in six matches during the month of December, if this was not bad enough both influential players in Captain Adrian Bellamy and Michael Gervin did turn up but reported that both had been very much under the weather but to be fair both gave as much has they could to Bacup Borough’s cause.


Despite Bacup’s pre match set backs, it was Bacup that started positive with their usual penetrating style, however on eight minutes it was Garstang that won the first corner of the match, has the ball is delivered from the Bacup right into an area full of bodies, Bacup’s keeper made a decision to come over a body of players in an attempt to punch clear, this was an unusual bad decision from Bacup’s talented keeper has the attacking player connected before the fist to give the visitors an early lead.


Bacup had plenty of opportunities to get back on level terms, when a quality ball was delivered from Bacup Borough’s left into the advancing Bobby Carter, if he directs his header down, it is a goal all of the way, but frustratingly the header was directed straight over the Garstang bar,  Bacup did keep pressing, Michael Gervin broke away from his marker in the centre of the park before driving into the box, this before a Garstang defender took him clean out and a penalty was awarded, oh how well Manager Brent Peters would have longed to have his usual penalty area on the pitch rather than watching from the side, Vice Captain Michael Gervin took the responsibility which was easily saved, another disappointing moment.


Garstang had very few opportunities has it was Bacup constantly in the ascendancy but in one of the very few moments they broke from midfield, this is where Harry Turner redeemed himself when he bravely dashed off his line preventing the home side doubling their lead,  with half time fast approaching another great opportunity came Bacup Borough’s way when Josh Walne delivered an exceptional quality ball in, advancing was Bobby Carter, who connected with the ball only to see a glaring opportunity of an open goal with the ball flying up over the bar, had the player have had five on his back and not nine we would have been complimenting a terrific defensive stop, it was really disappointing for Bacup to be going in one down at the break.


With no substitutes at the break but Bacup Manager did tinker with his team shape by pushing Captain Adrian Bellamy further forward, once again the second half typified the first half, all Bacup Pressure, with less than five minutes on the clock Bobby Carter who was on side when he made his run, but when the Assistant on the dug out side of the pitch decided to switch on, he saw Carter then forward and smashing the ball into the net, but the assistant flagged off side, when the ball was played and Carter started his run he was clearly behind play, this was yet another set back for the East Lancashire Side,


Further opportunities did come Bacup Borough’s way when Josh Walne drilled the ball across their goal, with the menacing poaching Louis Holding slid right in onto the keeper, both lads were brave for their own causes, but once again with the amount of chances Bacup created, the biggest mystery being how on earth they did not get anything at all from a game they have dominated.



Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters had this to say “  It is not a mystery of how we failed to get anything from this game, the simple facts being, we had enough opportunities to have scored, we failed to score from twelve yards out from the penalty spot, normally we are clinical, it is no excuse that Anthony was not playing, we have several other players in the team that would have been composed to equalise, I am not saying our taker was not composed, but one would expect to hit the target from 12 yards out, Peters added “ I will take the blame because it was me that selected the boy to take the penalty in Anthony’s absence, in all honesty at Daisy Hill he was in the main clinical from the spot but we can all have a bad day at the office, in addition a little more composure in front of goal in other situations, we would, and should have scored, when chances come like we had worked for, we must be clinical, in this game we was far from clinical, so on that front we have only ourselves to blame for the reason we came away with nothing.


Peters finished by saying “ Did the boys play well ?  Yes, did the boys work hard? Yes, was we chasing the game from a bad decision from our keeper ? yes,  did we miss good opportunities ? yes, so in the main this was one of those games we must learn and kick on from “


Following the Defeat At Darwen I spoke To The Bacup Manager Brent Peters Who Had This To Say


“ Given the form we have been in, the fact that we have been clinical with in our finishing having scored seventeen goals in six matches during the month of December which has brought us four wins it was disappointing to end not only the month but the year on a loss, Peters added “ Like I have said to the players on many occasions we will not win every game, we will suffer defeats along the way but it is the manner in which we get beat is what both myself and Dave Felgate will be looking at, The Darwen game we got off to the worst possible start by conceding a penalty with less than five minutes on the clock, this from a situation that we was in control of the ball, the fact we put the ball in the air instead of on the ground was a bad decision and one that ultimately cost us, Peters added “ the same could be said when we conceded our second goal from our free kick at almost at the edge of the Darwen Penalty area, there was several issues that need addressing from this situation, Peters added “ we struck their defensive wall, they cleared, the ball ends up towards our left side of the pitch from which our sitting midfielder on this free kick was competing for the ball but did come out second best, now this is where I have to have a massive inquest, at this point two of our three midfield players were still high up the pitch and making little or no effort to get back when smelling the danger, in addition our covering defender operating in the opposite channel, he also had not got back in, given the fact the ball went through two phases down our left before getting switched to our right into the space vacated by us where there striker ran into before receiving the ball and scoring from that area of the pitch, then without doubt I have to question the lack of desire from those players in question in not getting back in order to nullify any danger, Peters added “ we go on all of the time about roles and responsibilities, both in and out of possession, so when players fail to undertake their roles and responsibilities, it is little wonder their position in the team comes under scrutiny.

Peters continued “  Credit to Darwen they worked really hard pressing us all over the pitch, competing for every ball, they never gave us a chance to get into our rhythm, in fact it was nineteen minutes in before we got any creditable move going, by this time we was already two goals down,  Peters went on “ this said and despite us not playing with our usual tempo and possession we still had created enough opportunities to have come in at the break 3-2 to the good, when both Bobby Carter and Anthony Hall put their efforts wide of the target I got that feeling that this was going to be one of those games, that is exactly how it ended up being,  Peters said “ Going in at the break two goals down, having not played our usual penetrating football, missing chances, given their full backs were getting too much joy in their possession for my liking, it was inevitable there would be a change of shape at the break, Peters added “ I had to relinquish a defender to introduce a striker, I understand the frustration of the departing player at the break but it was apparent this change was needed, from this we had basically a second half of dominance , but again we failed where it mattered in front of goal, some situations I must credit their keeper, but other situations we should have been more composed and with this wrapping the game up.

Peters finished by saying “ despite this set back the lads have been different class over these past few weeks, as we keep saying we have a good bunch of young talented footballers proven by an intense December having played six games winning four, loosing two, scoring seventeen goals conceding eight, Peters added” Happy New Year To One And All The Future Is Bright “

MATCH REPORT: Darwen vs Bacup



Darwen 2- Bacup Borough -1


East Lancashire rivals Darwen took advantage of Borough’s off day in front of goal to claim all three points, Borough going into this game had scored sixteen goals from their previous five games but despite their numerous chances in this game to have claimed something from the game, finishing on this day certainly eluded the boro leaving the hosts to capitalise with a third minute penalty and a counter attack from a Bacup free kick.


Bacup got off to the worst possible start when defender Nicholas Alexander’s attempted a pass  into the channel for Josh Walne  which was cut out, the ball was put in behind the Bacup rear guard into the path of an advancing player, Bacup’s keeper Henry Turner raced from his line diving at the advancing players feet taking the ball but the referee felt he also took the man from which a penalty was given and converted by Darwen’s Pond,  from this early set back Bacup struggled to get into any sort of rhythm, this was down to the work ethics of the Darwen players to whom worked tirelessly all over the pitch ensuring Bacup did not get into any sort of passing moves which has been the catalyst from their previous excellent performances.


If this was a bad start it got worse for Borough before it got better, Bacup won a free kick at the edge of the Darwen box, the kick was struck against the Darwen wall, the ball was cleared up field, Bacup’s deepest midfield player young Kyle Brooks headed across to do his best to contain the breaking player but got out battled down Bacup[s left before the defenders  seemed to drop off affording the advancing player ground  before he found his striker Pond who had pulled into Bacup’s right side of the pitch, with no defender in that area Pond was able to capitalise on the space before firing past Turner in the Bacup goal.


From this point had Bacup had not have constantly miss fired it could easily have been 3-2 to Bacup at the break, Bobby Carter shot wide, in another move a mix up between the Darwen keeper and his defenders leaving the ball to run kindly for Anthony Hall who surprisingly sent his effort the wrong side of the post when it looked far easier to score, then Kyle Brooks found Bobby Carter who spotted the Darwen keeper off his line, Carter lifted the ball over their keepers head but agonisingly the ball dropped just over the cross bar.


With Bacup two goals down at the break and never really getting going Bacup Manager changed his team shape relinquishing a defender and with this introducing another striker in Matthew Dell, if nothing else this put an immediate stop to the Darwen full backs having the joy they had in the first half going forward, Bacup had more of an attacking threat themselves in the second half, when Michael Gervin burst into the box before making the Darwen keeper make a quality save, it was destined not to be Boro’s day, more so when once again the Darwen keeper made another quality save, this time from Anthony Hall, then in another Bacup attack Michael Gervin picked out the advancing Adrian Bellamy who’s first time effort went just over the bar,  Bacup introduced two more substitutes in Jordan Wilmore replacing Darcy O’Connor and Lowis Holding replacing Bobby Carter, it was Holding that Bacup a lifeline when he went in an attempt to head a ball in on the keeper who missed the flight of the ball, punching Holding accidently, this was enough for the referee to award Bacup a penalty from which Bacup’s Anthony Hall converted,  in the closing minutes Bacup should most definitely have got the equaliser when Davison Banda had found himself  in front of goal, he seemed to have done all of the hard work in controlling the ball before wildly firing over  from close range, this miss just about summed up the kind of afternoon Bacup were having in front of goal.

Credit to Darwen for their work and endeavour but had Bacup had been their usual clinical selves, this game would have been well out of Darwen’s reach.

MATCH REPORT: Shelley Vs Bacup ‘Battle of the Roses’

Borough FOURMIDABLE In The Battle of the Roses


Shelley 1-  Bacup Borough-4


Bacup made new ground on Boxing Day when they made the journey over the Pennine’s into Yorkshire for a battle of the roses and did not disappoint.


Bacup started brightly bringing a stunning save from the home sides keeper when Josh Walne struck the ball goal bound following good link up play with the menacing Matthew Dell but it was Shelly that took the lead, Bacup were in possession of the ball on the right with Davison Banda, his wayward pass up the line to Matthew Dell went out of play for a Shelley throw, the ball went across midfield with the Shelley player getting the better of Walne and Bellamy before crossing, the advancing Shelley player coming down Bacup Borough’s left found himself in space with enough time to pick his spot,  this set back seemed to spur Borough onto a different level in producing some stunning football , with it came four well taken goals all before half time,  Striker Bobby Carter got Bacup back on level terms following Captain Adrian Bellamy recycling the ball into the path of Josh Walne to whom found Carter to finish.

It was not long before Bacup got themselves in front when Michael Gervin battled hard to win the ball from his Shelley Counter part in midfield before attacking the space with an excellent penetrating run into the box before placing the ball into the corner of the net making it 2-1 to Bacup, at this point Bacup just ramped up the pressure with constant attacks against their Yorkshire opponents to whom was struggling to contain them, this brought a penalty which Anthony Hall finished before Hall himself adding the fourth which was another quality finish.


The Second half got underway of which credit to Bacup despite what Shelley did throw at them, they soaked up the pressure really well not allowing their hosts in finding a way back, whilst at the opposite end of the pitch both Adrian Bellamy and Darcy O’Connor went close leaving the final result being from the damage inflicted during the first forty five minutes.


Bacup Team   Turner, Walne, Banda, Bellamy, Alexander, O’Connor( Willmore) Hall( Holding) Brooks, Carter (Rhodes) Gervin, Dell.   Sub Not Used  Harrison Leach.


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