Match Report: Carlisle City 2-1 Bacup Borough



Bacup Borough travelled north to Carlisle City in executive style and in buoyant mood but five minutes following the half time break and five minutes from the end proved to be the pivotal moments which turned out to be the difference between coming away with a well earned point which in honesty Bacup certainly deserved but sadly surrendered all three points to the unbeaten Cumbrian side who have won all of their opening matches.

Carlisle started the game really well working hard all over the pitch in an event to not let Bacup settle, if this was their pre arranged game plan it most certainly did work has Bacup struggled to get out of their own half, Bacup’s solid rear guard was more than over worked in the first forty five minutes but between Bellamy, Esdaille, and the excellent Oliver Crew such was their performances that despite the pressure Carlisle was placing onto their visitors the Bacup keeper did not have a save to make,  when eventually Bacup worked their way into the home sides half they did have their moments when Anthony Hall, Michael Gervin and Davison Banda worked the ball well together with Banda bringing a save from the Carlisle keeper, another chance came to open the scoring when Bacup won a free kick on the right of the pitch, the resulting delivery was met by the head of Michael Gervin who’s glancing header whistled just wide of the post,  Some how the half finished with no goals for either side but credit must go to the way Bacup defended ensuring the deadlock was not broken at the break.

Despite Bacup weathering constant pressure in the first forty five minutes with solid defending it seemed the only way Carlisle would score if an individual created an individual error and that is exactly what happened when a clever ball was pushed into the space between centre back and left back, the advancing player to the left of Davison Banda was given the chance to run in behind the defender which resulted in players leaving their post to close the danger, this created gaps from which the home side exploited before shooting themselves into the lead,   credit to Bacup this did not knock their belief they started to bring themselves back into the contest by closing quicker, winning second balls and using the ball slightly better than they did in the first half, gradually you could sense an equaliser was imminent for Bacup, the equaliser came when Josh Walne had been fouled, the resulting free kick was delivered with quality by Joshua Walne

From which Michael Gervin on the blind side of the pack got himself in there to get his side right back in the game, Bacup had already introduced substitute Lewis Holding who replaced Davison Banda, but following was two forced substitutions when defender Oliver Crew had to leave the pitch and striker Matthew Dell, replacing Dell was Ben Rhodes and dropping in at the back replacing Crew was Nathan Tayo,  Bacup were having a really good go at this time in attempting to win the game,  with minutes remaining and Bacup camped in the Carlisle defending third of the pitch, with the ball not being protected, the ball poorly bounced off a Bacup front man, Carlisle broke from back to front forcing a corner which was defended, then comes the deciding moment when a young Bacup forward trying to redeem his mistake did make an effort to win a ball that the Bacup defender Nathan Tayo seemed to be in control of, this challenge resulted in Carlisle gaining a free kick wide on Bacup Borough’s left,  the deliver in was delivered with quality and with such pace that any such connection the ball would sail into the net,  this is exactly what did happen much to the delight of the home side and disappointment of the visitors, whilst Bacup deserved a share of the points, the result came right down to the finest of margins, in the end it was   two poor individual decisions that has proved costly, something these young players must learn from.

Match Report: Chadderton v Bacup Borough

Chadderton 5-4 Bacup Borough

New signing Jason Jarrett bags a debut brace as Borough find themselves on the wrong side of a 9 goal thriller.

By Matthew Lawson

If the reverse fixture at the Brian Boys West View Stadium was anything to go by we were in for goals and that’s what this game delivered.

Chadderton took an early lead on 4 minutes. The hosts got a second with 18 minutes of the clock after the Boro defence failed to clear a Chadderton corner.

After conceding the second goal Borough were creating chances, with both Collinson and Welsh going close. The Bacup pressure paid off when Matty Bryan used his strength and pace to get away from his man, before finding debutant Jason Jarrett who got a goal back just after the hour mark.

As the first half came to a close, Borough saw themselves down to 10 men after midfielder Charlie Collinge saw red after an off the ball incident. At the half time interval Chadderton lead 2-1.

The second half began with Bacup on the front foot and within 5 minutes of the restart Matty Bryan got his name on the scoresheet, Jarretts close range shot was parried and Bryan nodded home from 6 yards out to equalise.
Bryan got his second 3 minutes later, a clinical finish past the Chadderton keeper to give Borough the lead for the first time in the game.

Bacup carried on creating chances and could of seen themselves further in front if it wasn’t for (keeper) in the Chadderton Goal. But with 7 minutes left of normal time, after withstanding the Borough barrage Chadderton equalised.

The scores weren’t level for long, Borough retook the lead as Jarrett got his second of the game, a close range finish following a Goal mouth scramble as the Chadderton defence failed to clear following a Borough corner.

The final few minutes saw a dramatic twist as the hosts scored twice in 3 minutes to equalise and then grab the winner and break Bacup hearts as it had looked like all three points were heading back to the Rossendale valley.

Bacup team Vs Chadderton:
Sharples, Howe, Tayo, Bellamy, Carroll, Welsh, Walne (Wilmore), Collinson, Jarrett (Cooper), Bryan.
Unused Subs:
Rhodes, Carter, White

Match Report: Cheadle Town v Bacup Borough


Boro taste defeat despite a valiant second half performance

By Matthew Lawson

After rain and snow had forced postponements Bacup were back on the road into Manchester.

Having been boosted by the return of Josh Walne after 7 weeks out with injury Boro were eager to give manager Brent Peters a late birthday present in the form of three valuable points.

Both sides enjoyed early possession In was a tight opening exchange. It took Cheadle 15 minutes to break the deadlock, Rick Whyatt rose unchallenged to head into the top corner. Tom Ratican added a second before Whyatt got his second of the game just before the half time interval to make it 3-0.

At half time Peters signalled his attacking intent by bringing on Bobby Carter and the returning Josh Walne. The two changes brought out a lively start to the second half firstly Wayne Morrison came close from close range but he couldn’t direct Sam Howe’s perfectly weight low cross towards the target.

Captain Adrian Bellamy thought he had scored and found Bacup a way back into the game as he rose highest from a corner and headed towards goal only for the Cheadle defender to scramble back to head the goal bound effort off the line.

Against the run of play, after withstanding the Borough Barrage Ratican broke clear to make it 4-0.
Matty Bryan added a deserved consolation with 10 minutes left off the game as he ran clear of his marker and from close range slotted past Whiting to make it 4-1.


Match Report: Holker OB v Bacup Borough

Holker OB -2- Bacup Borough -1
With heavy snow falls dropping around East Lancashire non more than the Rossendale Valley which created Gridlock, this turned out to create huge disruption to Bacup Borough in their two hundred mile around trip, the fact it turned out to be a real struggle for the travelling contingent, never the less masterfully Bacup arrived with one hour to spare prior to the scheduled 3pm kick off, however bizarrely the same could not be said of the Match officials to whom were still sat at home at the 3pm scheduled kick off time, with the match official only having to master the short distance from Lancaster to Barrow In Furness, with no snow to be seen in this area it was beggars belief the reason’s as to why much to the frustration of the players when the game finally kicked off at 4-20pm.
Bacup found themselves kicking down the slope finding themselves behind the Holker Rear Guard on several occasions but failing to find that clinical finish to open up the scoring, Bacup won a corner and when captain Adrian Bellamy got a perfect headed connection that seemed a goal all the way struck the underside of the bar to be cleared, it made one wonder with the disruption to the start of the day, opportunities going begging, it was going to be one of those days to forget.

The Home side took the lead mid way through the half following a throw in down Holkers right, some quick inter-passing between the lines worked well to create an opening which on the face of it was an easy finish, the way it was executed will, I am sure disappoint Manager Brent Peters, the visitors pushed on in search of an equalizer and really they should have been going in at half time all square when Matthew Bryan cutting in from the right seem to do everything right firing his shot across the goal keeper but agonizingly see his effort go inches wide of the post.

The second half got underway with Bacup pushing for that all elusive equalizer, pushing being the formative word has this did have a bearing on the home side doubling their lead, from one of several Bacup attacks Holker broke down their left, young Bacup defender Alistair White seemed to do enough holding their player up, the advancing player managed to get half a yard before pulling the ball back resulting in a player unopposed to slide past the stranded keeper.

Manager Brent Peters changed to a back three pushing Adrian Bellamy up the pitch to support Matthew Bryan and Wayne Morrison, this certainly created pressure onto the Holker rear guard, it was nothing short of what Bacup deserved when Wayne Morrison latched onto a Bacup knock down to pull a goal back for the visitors, constant Bacup pressure followed but that all elusive equalizer that Bacup deserved failed to come, from what started a demanding frustrating day, turned out to be a long demanding day with unfairly nothing to show for their creditable efforts.

Match Reports: Ashton Athletic and Alsager Town

Bacup Borough’s goal keeping crisis proves pivotal, as they lose back to back games against Premier League Ashton Athletic and Alsager Town.
By Matthew Lawson

In the build-up to Thursday’s long-awaited Macron Cup fixture away at Ashton Athletic, manager Brent Peters was dealt a cruel blow on the eve of the game when Goal Keeper Karl Price was detained in hospital needing emergency surgery on a dislocated finger, whilst under normal circumstances Peters usually has a richness of luxuries when it comes to registered Goal Keepers but Joshua Harris is still fighting injuries sustained back in September and with the recent Sickness and flu epidemic hitting the club and no provisions in the competition rules to sign an emergency Goal Keeper, the Bacup Manager had to turn to his Cup Winning Keeper Paul Horridge.

Peters turned to the veteran goal keeper and member of his 2011/2012 cup winning side, Understandably, this was a tough challenge for Horridge, as he had not played competitively since the cup triumph 5 years ago.

Borough were unlucky not to have taken the lead after 20 seconds at Ashton, when Matty Bryan fired wide after a great ball over the top. Within seconds of this attack Borough found themselves one nil down after a quick counter. Borough were back on level terms soon after Si Thompson found Bryan with an inch perfect pass and the striker did the rest.
Late on in the half Ashton restored their lead and the game finished 2-1 at half time.

Going into the second half Horridge rolled back the years with some key saves, as the tie progressed Borough legs tired and as hard as they fought the Premier League outfit took their chance as well, and added four unanswered goals.
The score line does not reflect the game, as Borough created chances, Bryan, Bellamy and Thompson all came close for Borough. Although this finished 6-1, it could have easily been 6-6.

As Bacup prepared for their second game in three days, Peters did not have a fit goal keeper. This time Steve Mainwaring, of Rossendale FC, provided the help and allowed Johnathan Heap to step in. Not a natural goal keeper, Heap provided his services in Borough’s time of need. Manager, Brent Peters, was full of praise at full time and was quoted saying, “Jonny Heap was fantastic, and can’t be blamed for the goals conceded in today’s game”.

Bacup took the lead inside 5 minutes, after Richard Walker picked out Matty Bryan who rounded the keeper and slotted home. However, at half time, Bacup Borough saw themselves trail 2 goals to 1.

The second half began in similar fashion for Borough, they could have been level through Ben Rhodes if it wasn’t for a great block from the Alsager defender. As the second half wore on, Bacup failed to adapt to the deteriorating pitch, the visitors added three goals in 15 minutes.
Shortly after the hour mark, captain Adrian Bellamy pulled a goal back for the hosts, after smashing home from close range to the keepers’ near post. Following this Peters moved the centre half up front and he could have had his second, as he went for power rather than precision and put the ball over the bar.

The game ended 5-2 in favour of Alsager but Bacup can look at the defeat and pick out the positives ahead of the home fixture against Cheadle Town.




Slip in tough conditions costs Borough on the road

By Matthew Lawson

Despite the recent weather the referee declared the pitch at Adie Moran Park fit to play.

Manager Brent Peters had made numerous changes to his starting line-up for the away fixture at Prestwich following his sides Boxing Day defeat to Nelson at the Brian Boys West View Stadium. Benjamin Rhodes and Jordan Wilmore amongst the starters.

In the opening exchanges both sides kept hold of the ball well, Borough playing only their second game since the end of November looked good in and out of possession.

Bacup upped the tempo just after the 15 minute mark, Hall and Rhodes providing the width and With Bryan playing through the middle, the latter linking up well with Wilmore and Heywood in the midfield but the cross came to nothing.

The deadlock was broken midway through the first half when Ben Rhodes was played in by Matty Bryan, smashed home his first ever senior Bacup goal past the rooted Prestwich Goalkeeper, it was hit hard and low the keeper was well beaten.

After taking the lead Borough kept control of the game and played some quality flowing football on a tough surface, when called upon the defence was solid, Joe Carroll with crucial blocks, Brent’s men were defending well and went into the break leading by one goal to nil.

As the second half began, Borough made their first change, goal scorer Ben Rhodes who had suffered a calf strain, was replaced by Rico Stewart.

Both teams started the second half well, Prestwich were pushing for an equaliser and Bacup were striving for a second, at both ends the Goalkeepers denied the opposition making vital saves to keep the score line at 0-1

On the hour mark Prestwich got their equaliser, a corner from the right hand side was played short and helped on towards the back post were it was bundled home from 6 yards out.

Having lost the lead, Bacup were back on the attack a great run from deep by Bryan was then brought down 25 yards from goal, Bryan stepped up but saw his free kick beat the wall but go over the Prestwich cross bar.

With 20 minutes left to play a hopeful lofted pass over Bacup’s back line looked simple for Price to claim in the Borough goal but as he ran out to collect the loose ball he lost his footing on the rain soaked and heavy pitch, allowing the on rushing striker an easy tap in to make it 2-1

Prestwich added a third late on, an unstoppable right footed curler into the top right hand corner, Borough went on the attack straight from the restart, substitute Rico Steward with a delightful clip over the top for Matty Bryan who used his pace and strength to beat the defender but unfortunately his right footed shot went wide.

As hard as Bacup fought on an energy sapping pitch, the 2 games in 4 days after 6 weeks without a game was taking its toll on the players, another valiant effort from Brent’s men. Once again positives can be taken heading in to the Macron Cup tie away at Ashton Athletic on Tuesday night.



By Matthew Lawson

On a night where Bacup could at last pay their respects as a club to Its main benefactor Brian Boys and it was a fitting performance by Brent’s men.

There were chances for both teams in the opening exchanges at the Brian Boys West View Stadium, Both sides ‘Keepers making good saves to keep the scores level.

The best move and chance of the half came from the hosts, after a great piece of passing play on the left hand side Anthony Hall played a left footbed ball into the box to Josh Walne who’s headed Effort was saved by the Millers goalkeeper.

Bacup were enjoying the majority of the possession going into the last 15 minutes of the first half and could of seen themselves go 1-0 up after New Mills debutant Chris Middleton pull back Any Hall just on the edge of the 18 yard box. The resulting freekick from Matthew Bryan was taken left footed and with the keeper beaten it unfortunately flashed wide of the right hand post.

On the stroke of half time Bacup took the lead courtesy of Matthew Barlow, the goal came from an Anthony Hall corner, it was swung in left footed from the left hand side and fell to the feet of Barlow who slotted his right foot strike past ‘Keeper Williams.

Chances were few and far between in the early stages of the second half, but just after the hour mark, Borough stopper price produced a great reaction save to deny the visitors an equaliser and a way back into the game.

Matthew Bryan could of made it 2-0 with 20 minutes left after a lofted through ball bounced just right for him and he unleashed a stunning volley which clattered the inside of the post, the ball was then cleared by the New Mills defence.

Within minutes of Bryan hitting the post, Borough countered 3 on 2 , Hall broke clear and slipped the ball through to Bryan who rounded the keeper, came inside and put his right footed shot beyond the stretch of the scrambling Millers defender on the line to make it 2-0.

It could of easily been 3-0 when Matty Bryan played a superb ball into the box into the feet of strike partner Matty Barlow who was denied his second of the game, down to a great double save from the visitors goalkeeper Dean Williams.

In the closing stages of the fixture, New Mills pulled a goal back through centre half Mike Jones’ header from a free kick played in from the left.


On a high after the home win Bacup travel to 4th placed Alsager Town on Saturday October 28th


Match Report: Holker Old Boys Vs Bacup Borough

Holker Old Boys Vs Bacup Borough
LFA Challenge Trophy

Bacup fought hard in tough conditions against Holker at Rakesmoor

By Matthew Lawson

Within the opening minute of the cup tie Bacup came close to opening the scoring through Matthew Bryan heading just over the bar.
The next notable chance came after 16 minutes, after a great piece of holdup play, Bryan once again came close, he hit a left footed shot on the turn, but it was wide of the keepers right.

It took the hosts 21 minutes to register their first meaningful attempt as a left footed curler from the edge of the box flashed past Declan Oliver’s goal.

Bacup started to pile the pressure on at 0-0 and had two great chances in quick succession, the first Wayne Morrison played in Anthony Hall down the left who cut back and played the ball across the box in search of a Bacup man, it was met by Barlow but blocked and went out for a corner. The resulting corner was only cleared as far as Hall who steadied himself before a left footed shot just going over the crossbar.

Holker then came close to opening the scoring, just before the 30 minute mark, Tyler Spence cut inside off the left hand side and shot right footed, but it was comfortable for Bacup stopper Oliver.
The first goal of the game came in the 34th minute, Spence with the goal for the hosts, the ball ways played into his feet from deep, he touched it past the Bacup centre half and slotted a right footed shot across Oliver into the far left hand side of the net.
Shortly before half time, an unbelievable save from Oliver kept the score at 1-0 going into the break.

Bacup playing up the slope in the second half started well, but saw themselves go 2-0 down after 60 minutes, Spence turned provider for this one.

After 3 substitutions by manager Brent Peters, Bacup were back in the cup tie, with 10 minutes to go superb play from Matty Bryan made it 2-1. He darted in off the left took it past one and capitalised on a defensive error and struck the ball past the rooted Holker goal keeper.

Going into the final few minutes at Rakesmoor Lane, Bryan crossed a ball into the box, his strike partner Barlow rose highest at the back post, but he saw his effort go inches over the bar, Bacup were pushing for a late equaliser.

As Borough were in the hunt for a second, they were caught on the counter attack, Holker regained possession on the half way line and broke and ran at the Bacup centre half , played the ball square, the attacker took a touch out of his feet and slotted it into the back up net. 3-1 Holker at Full Time.

Holker advance in the LFA Challenge Trophy.
It’s back to the league for Bacup, Cheadle Town are the visitors to the Brian Boys West View Stadium on Saturday 30th September.

Bacup Team Vs Holker
Declan Oliver, Conor Porter, Adrian Bellamy, Kevin Masirika, Josh Walne (Ben Rhodes) Anthony Hall (Jean Khasa) Elliott Collinson, James Constantine, Wayne Morrison (Jordan Wilmore), Matthew Barlow, Matthew Bryan.


Match Report: Charnock Richard v Bacup Borough


Charnock Richard 3-0 Bacup Borough

By Matthew Lawson.

The hosts come out on top in the FA Vase second qualifying round against a well organised Bacup Borough

The first half was a battle of the defences, neither side could break the deadlock at Mossie Park. But not without trying. In the opening 10 minutes the hosts were firstly denied by a smart save by ‘Keeper Josh Harris, then only for the woodwork to keep the ball out of the net. Bacup were unlucky not to take the lead just before the half hour mark when Tre Willis struck the cross bar with a vicious strike from the edge of the box. As the first half drew to a close Harris again denied Charnock the lead with another superb save.

Shortly after the second half began both sides had chances to take the lead in the tie, as the half went on Bacup as organised as ever, felt the game was for the taking and looked the more likely to score, after a counter attack saw Matthew Bryan take the ball down the line and hooked a cross into the box in search of Wayne Morrison, who’s shot was blocked and the ball was eventually cleared by the Charnock defence. Within moments of the Bacup chance just after the hour mark, Charnock’s Matthew Davison gets to the byline and cuts the ball back for the on rushing Jonathan Hession to put Charnock 1-0 up with a shot at the back post.

Bacup went looking for an equaliser and in doing so were caught out a swift counter attack after the ball was lost in the middle of the park saw Charnock eventually win a corner, after a shot was blocked by the Bacup defence. The resulting corner for the hosts was whipped in by Davison and defender Ross O’Farrell rose above Wayne Morrison to make it 2-0 with 15 minutes to go.

7 minutes before full time the ever fighting Bacup saw themselves go an undeserved 3-0 down after O’Farrell played Davison down the left hand side, who then beat a couple of Bacup defenders before slotting it home past Harris to get his name on the scoresheet after 2 assists in the game.

The game at Mossie Park between Charnock Richard and Bacup Borough ended 3-0 and Charnock will be in the hat for the next round.

Bacup were unlucky to be on the end of a 3-0 score line as this flattered the hosts, for Boro it was a performance to take the positives going into Wednesday nights game away in the Lancashire Challenge Cup at Holker Old Boys.

Bacup Borough Team.   Joshua Harris, Conor Porter, Adrian Bellamy, Kevin Masirika, Anthony Hall ( Ben Rhodes)   James Constantine, Elliott Collinson (Jordan Wilmore ) Joshua Walne, Tre- Carmichael Willis, ( Matthew Barlow) Wayne Morrison, Matthew Bryan.



Match Report: Sandbach United v Bacup Borough


Sandbach United -7- Bacup Borough -1

Despite this score line which suggests it was a one sided contest, this certainly does not prove to be a true reflection of a game that could easily have been 4-4 at the break, during the first forty five minutes despite the fact the home side rocked the visitors by storming into an early three goal lead all from set pieces, at the opposite end the Sandbach Goal keeper was in remarkable form producing several stunning saves.

Bacup without the services of their two ever present central mid field pairing of Elliott Collinson and James Constantine, Kieran Turner was also injured along leaving Manager Brent Peters short in this area, stepped up into the side from Bacup Borough’s under 21s was the under 21s captain Jordan Wilmore and making his only second start to the season was Jean Khasa, also missing was leading goal scorer Wayne Morrison to whom was replaced by Matthew Barlow, Bacup Borough started the game well with Matthew Bryan constantly taking the game to the opposition, but very quickly despite Bacup Borough’s start it was the home side that did take an early lead coming from a free kick at the edge of the Bacup penalty area committed by Jean Khasa, certainly not the best area to concede a free kick especially when it seemed Sandbach had chance to practise what did look like a rehearsed kick from the training ground, the ball was placed into the front man who turned to knock the ball to the opposite side, this seemed an easy clearance for sixteen year old Markell Foulds but surprisingly Markell failed to put pressure on the ball leaving the Sandbach player enough time to get his head up and pick his spot past Josh Harris in the Bacup Goal, despite this set back it was Bacup back again on the front foot with Sandbach finding it very difficult to contain Bryan but despite all of the efforts of the Bacup forwards it was at the opposite end of the pitch where Bacup were being let down when Sandbach earn themselves a corner and once again non-existent marking brought the home side their second and literally seconds later their third both against the same Bacup Defender, this was three poor goals conceded all from set pieces, Whilst at the opposite end of the pitch Matthew Barlow, Matthew Bryan, and Anthony Hall found the Sandbach keeper in terrific form whilst once again a fourth Sandbach goal proved that Bacup Borough’s Conor Porter had started in contrast to the way the Sandbach keeper was performing, when Adrian Bellamy failed to get enough on his header, both Conor Porter and Markell Foulds covering their captain both with their eyes on the ball but obviously no talking collided with each other before obstructing the Sandbach striker for the Referee to award Sandbach a penalty which was converted, it was little wonder minutes later the Bacup Manager Brent Peters substituted his defender Conor Porter, it was proving to have been a thirty minute period Conor will want to very much forget.

Despite the score line Bacup deserve a lot of credit has they constantly mounted a lot of creditable attacks but failed to find any Sandbach defenders in the same charitable mood has their own defenders.

The second half started with Bacup still playing with a belief they could still get something from this game, this until the fifth goal did arrive, again the Bacup rear guard failing to put any pressure onto the ball when Boris Mellingui got himself between the lines and was afforded the luxury of having time to pick his spot giving Harris no chance, there is no doubt this goal did take all of the belief away from Bacup, for the first time in the game the Bacup team in its entirety were left numb and deflated to the point it was no surprise when goal’s six and seven arrived almost at the end of the contest, a contest that could so easily have been so different had the Bacup rear guard not have been so charitable, Bacup had plenty of good possession through out, they found keeper Ryan Moss in terrific form but little he could do with Tre Baldwin Willis finish following an excellent ball from Alexander Nwachukwu which then produced good link up play between Anthony Hall and Tre Baldwin Lewis to finish.

Bacup Team. Joshua Harris, Markell Foulds, Adrian Bellamy( Daniel Davies) Anthony Hall, Conor Porter( Joshua Walne ) Jordan Wilmore, Davison Banda, Jean Khasa, Matthew Barlow, Alexander Nwachukwu, Matthew Barlow ( Tre Baldwin Willis )