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Match Report: Bacup Borough 3 – 1 Eccleshall

Bacup continued their good form with a 3 -1 defeat of Eccleshall whom themselves arrived at the Brian Boys West View Stadium on the back of an impressive 5-0 win against Litherland REMYCA .

Manager Brent Peters made one change from the Bacup starting eleven, with Arron Kirk not available Yves Zama whom himself has not been available in a lot of their previous games came into the side slotting in well and celebrated his return with a goal.

Bacup started brightly from the kick off, having won the chance to start the game, the ball was put smartly over their right full backs head from Kelvin Trippier, right away the defender realised he would be in for a difficult afternoon when Anthony Hall left the full back in his wake before pulling the ball back for Jordan Rutter who seemed to be sliding the ball through a body of players with pace on the ball which along the way took a deflection finding its way into the net with less than one minute on the clock, this was just the start Bacup wanted,  which gave them more of a spring in their step taking the game to the visitors.

The visitors were not given any chance to settle by slick passing, which was so slick their passing brought a late challenge resulting in a free kick at the edge of the box, it was from this kick that Yves Zama got his first chance but his effort was inches wide of the post.

On thirteen minutes Bacup did produce an excellent slick passing move in build-up play, involving Jordan Rutter moving the ball to Hall who himself found Gervin to whom spotted a good run from Matthew Barlow, Gervin slid a nice weighted ball into Barlow’s path to whom did not make any mistake to produce a really good finish away from their goalkeeper giving the stopper no chance, doubling the home sides lead.

At this stage Bacup were beginning to get a full head of steam keeping the ball away from the opposition, but were shocked when on eighteen minutes one long ball was put in behind the Bacup defence which the Eccleshall striker Angelo Errico latched onto before slotting the ball past the advancing Bacup keeper Josh Harris, in fact Harris was unlucky he did not prevent the ball going over the line has the ball did not have much pace on it which did allow the keeper to chase back to his goal but his effort was too little to late has the ball did cross the line.

The goal did not seem to deter Bacup to whom once again produced some excellent opportunities like when Yves Zama powered his way through, in a slightly wide position the opportunity was onto pass centrally to his advancing team mates, but in typical striker fashion he struck the ball well wide, shortly after the Bacup player was in the identical situation but once again took the same option and yet again blazed wide.

Bacup Borough’s next chance did come from a corner which got headed to the advancing Michael Gervin, spotting the keeper off his line did try a chip but sadly the ball failed to drop, going over the bar for a goal kick.

Despite Bacup working good goal scoring positions, the fact opportunities were not being taken it did become a nervy time in the game has the visitors did fight for every ball and worked hard in closing down, however on thirty six minutes Bacup got back their two goal cushion when from a Joshua Harris kick the ball was headed on into Matthew Barlow from Jordan Rutter, Barlow took a couple of paces before a good strike that came back off the post but the alert Yves Zama was on hand to follow the rebound into the net.

Bacup went in at the break with a 3-1 lead.

In the second half Bacup did not have it at all their own way with the visitors starting the half well, from a situation in the Eccleshall half in what looked a certain foul on Yves Zama, a situation everyone agreed apart from the official, Eccleshall did break before putting the ball in behind the Bacup defence which Josh Harris had to make a very important stop,  gradually Bacup started to get their rhythm back when Hall put Michael Gervin in onto goal, but Gervin wasted this opportunity by chipping the ball once again over the bar.

It was not long before Josh Walne was introduced replacing Gervin, then what seemed a naughty challenge on Matthew Barlow which not only went through his shin pad but cut his sock before a nasty cut on his shin which ensured Barlow would play no further part in the game, what was a mystery is how the official did let this go, certainly poor refereeing.

This brought a re-shuffle for Manager Brent Peters with Gareth Wager being introduced to who himself was just returning from injury.

Eccleshall almost went further behind when the ball was like a pin ball, Bacup shot three times and three times their efforts somehow were blocked on the line before eventually being cleared away, we then go well into injury time from which the Referee infuriated the Bacup faithful when a defence splitting ball came into the advancing Hall, with the defender trying to stop Hall gaining the advantage by pulling his arm from which the ball connected, Assistant flags and the Referee books Hall, his second yellow so he had to leave the pitch, obviously the Referee deemed this to be deliberate handball so Bacup had to finish the game with ten men, from the last Eccleshall attack Josh Harris made another important stop in ensuring his side finished keeping their Half time 3-1 lead intact.

Bacup Team.  Harris, Bellamy, Esdaile, Birtles, Bryan, Gervin (walne) Zama, Rutter, Trippier, Hall, Barlow ( Wager)

Subs not used Jos De-Vries, Martin Peters,