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Bacup Impressive In Tough Friendly


Bacup Borough returned to action at the Brian Boys West View Stadium Saturday when they welcomed Evo Stick North side Hyde United in their opening Pre Season Campaign, it was a red hot summers day with the weather more suited to relaxing with a cold refreshment, the fact football was back and despite near neighbours Bacup were at home at cricket, the weather hot and sunny it certainly brought an excellent crowd into the Brian Boys Stadium.

The Bacup Manager Brent Peters fielded two different teams both operating two different systems, both playing forty five minutes which proved to be a good work out against a team which operates two leagues above.

The opening side welcomed back Goal Keeper Josh Harris to whom has struggled with injuries since breaking his foot in the playoff final but given the fact the Lively forwards from Hyde United did have moments in the opening half Josh was equal to everything that did come his way, at the opposite end Bacup had limited opportunities but their best move and chance came with a move involving Matthew Bryan and Wayne Morrison from which Morrison’s header the Hyde keeper was equal too.

Half time arrived with Bacup having defended well, this opening team whilst not really creating too many chances, they ensured no goals were conceded at the break and all in all an impressive work out for the eleven players on show.

The second half team included three trialist along with Ben Rhodes who at the end of last season made the step up into the Bacup first team squad from Bacup Borough’s youth set, in the early part of the half the change of shape certainly got Bacup attacking more and looking a threat themselves but without producing anything to test the Hyde keeper, this in contrast to the opposite end where trialist Goal Keeper Declan Oliver was kept busy but did has Josh Harris had done in the first half dealt well with everything that did come his way, Hyde did manage to get the ball in the net following what seemed a misunderstanding between Boro’s two central defenders, the Hyde striker did capitalise on this but his effort struck the post, once he followed up the Assistant on the far side flagged for off side.

Hyde did manage to break the deadlock. but from Bacup Borough’s point of view it was a weak goal to concede, the ball was pumped long resulting in the ball going goal wards over the Bacup defence, trialist Joe Carroll was now between ball and the advancing striker that was rapidly closing the player down, Carroll made the decision to attempt to head back to his goal keeper but with the faintest of connection on the ball, this proved costly and offered the Hyde United player the advantage to slot home, this single goal was the difference between the two sides in a game that both sides attitude and work rate in the demanding heat was applaudable.

After the game the Bacup Manager Brent Peters had this to say “ I was pleased by the commitment, attitude and work rate of all of the players on show, the conditions were ideal to work on fitness, very little air, really hot conditions but only ideal if players were prepared to really push themselves in such energy sapping conditions, despite the fact some lads had only completed one or maybe two training sessions prior to this game, their whole attitudes in their work ethic was really good which ensured we got a lot out of the game, Peters added “ Hyde United contributed well to this as they were very much a good strong side, believe me had we have gone hiding in any of our responsibilities, then Hyde’s experience would have meant we could have been well beaten, this was certainly not the case against a team from two leagues above. Peters added “ defending collectively has a unit we was very good, however our lack of penetration going the other way was mainly due to the fact we would constantly go long, something we must change and have the confidence in each other to be composed on the ball and play, the fact we would go long, the ball would transfer quicker than midfield players were able to get up and support our front lads making the front lads isolated & resulting in the ball coming back at us, Peters added “ this is something we will be working on, but on the flip side of this, Hyde had a firm grip overall in the game but really did struggle to break us down, when they did both keepers were equal to everything, this was a really good work out for us “