By Joel Downings
Bacup Borough extended their North West Counties unbeaten run but could only manage a 1-1 draw against Stockport Town on Wednesday night. The hosts took the lead but were pegged back with 20 minutes left and neither side could find a winner.
Chances were few and far between in the opening 15 minutes, the only real danger posed by either side was in the first minute when a Stockport counter-attack which was cut out by Kevin Masirika.
Stockport were the first side to come close to opening the scoring when a corner was only just kept out by some scrappy Bacup defending. The home side started off the poorer of the two teams but slowly grew into the game as it moved on.
Jamie Higgins had a dig from distance half way through the first half which signalled Bacup’s first effort at the Stockport goal, the keeper followed this up with two more good saves from Tom Black. The teams went in at the break with score at 0-0.
5 minutes after the restart Matty Bryan looped a cross over his marker to supply Matty Dell, the striker’s effort looked goal bound but was blocked by a Town defender. 2 minutes later though Bacup did take the lead, Dell overlapping O’Connor brilliantly on the left and knocking a ball into the box. Tom black found himself in the right place at the right time during the ensuing goalmouth scramble to slot home.
However it wasn’t enough, with 20 minutes left Stockport levelled things up, a Bacup freekick rebounding off the wall and allowing the visitors to come away with the ball head up the other end and score.
All-in-all it was a decent Bacup performance, the home side could have taken all three points on another day but a point is nothing to be sniffed at against a strong Stockport side who at the start of the game sat 4 places above Bacup in 3rd place.