Bacup Borough Football Club
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Bacup Borough came through the test of having to play two games in forty three hours taking four points out of a possible six points, this following a 1-1 draw with Daisy Hill on Thursday, despite Bacup producing an onslaught on the Daisy Hill goal throughout, it took an Anthony Hall equaliser after Daisy Hill had taken the lead just after half time from a corner, Bacup Borough’s lack of turning their superiority into goals did mean they had to settle for one point in what was a good entertaining game.

With little time for recover Bacup Borough were back in action again on Saturday when they made the trip up onto the Fylde Coast to AFC Blackpool, Manager Brent Peters could have made changes to freshen up his team but opted not to do keeping with the same side, AFC Blackpool brought a different test to the East Lancashire side, they were a big strong team who mixed their play well with slick footballing moves, equally they also mixed it with a more direct approach by getting the ball forward early with plenty of bodies in and around the Bacup penalty area.
Bacup started in confident mood with some good high tempo penetrating football down each flank with Anthony Hall and Joshua Walne, better decision making on their final ball into the box in the final third was all that was missing in order to pick out the lively pair of Wayne Morrison and Matthew Bryan, it was the visitors that looked the most dangerous team but it was the home team that did take a thirty fifth minute lead, the ball was played into the space behind Anthony Hall, Hall himself quite quick but the Blackpool player proved quicker in this race getting ahead of Hall before cutting inside and slipping his strike partner in for a simple tap in, this proved to be a frustrating goal for Bacup to concede, not just because they had gone a goal behind but the manner in how Blackpool scored it, Bacup had previously worked several identical openings, the difference being the Blackpool player made the correct decision on his final ball making it easy for his strike partner whilst Bacup let themselves down in this area and inevitably paid the price by going a goal behind, leading upto the break Bacup could count themselves unlucky that the equaliser had eluded them when first of all Wayne Morrison went around the Blackpool keeper to get his effort blocked and then following a corner Adrian Bellamy’s header was blocked on the line.

The second half brought more joy for Bacup Borough Wayne Morrison getting his side back on level terms following a directed header into the net, then Bacup Borough’s Kieran Turner forced an error from the Blackpool player before releasing Matthew Bryan who still had a lot to do but with pace, power and composure he raced away and finished clinically, further chances were produced by Bacup, the best one was from a terrific ball in from Anthony Hall which Kieran Turner attacked well but will be disappointed that such a good delivery his header could not compliment the quality with a goal, seeing his effort go wide of the post.

The final fifteen minutes proved a big test for Bacup Borough with Blackpool getting bodies into the box in numbers, they would throw long into the box, their deliveries were direct into the box resulting in the Bacup defenders having to be strong and resolute in ensuring their slender one goal lead remained in tack, this it did leaving Bacup with a creditable seven points from a possible nine points from their opening three fixtures.

Bacup Borough Team. Josh Harris, Adrian Bellamy, Conor Porter, Kevin Masirika, Anthony Hall, Josh Walne ( Ben Rhodes ) Elliott Collinson, Kieran Turner ( Matthew Barlow) Matthew Bryan, Wayne Morrison, James Constantine.