Bacup Borough 1 Carlise City 3
Peter’s Loyalty fails to pay has chances go begging.
Following an impressive start to the New year Manager Brent Peters kept faith with the players making only one change with defender Thomas Halligan making way for Kevin Masirika, in the early part of the game on an heavy pitch Bacup’s midfield struggled to get any sort of passing rhythm going resulting in too many times being guilty of their own down fall by giving the ball away, Bacup would work hard in winning the ball back only to constantly misjudge their passing range which eventually brought the Cambrian side their opening goal.
The ball was crossed in from the Bacup right, normally the ever reliable Bacup keeper Aaron Ashley found himself punching the ball down that barely reached the edge of the box, falling to the feet of Carlisle’s Michael Slack who shot back across the Bacup keeper, with the help of the Bacup up right the ball found its self nestled into the corner of the Bacup net, Carlisle doubled their lead shortly before half time from a situation which infuriated the Bacup Manager Brent Peters, Bacup conceded a free kick twenty yards out, with their defensive wall lined up, playing off side allowing two runners to breach beyond the wall with no off side given, Jamie Heath unopposed had the simplest of finishes, leaving Peters fuming at the half time break when he had this to say ” we are conceding too many goals as it is, without gifting goals that the opposition has not had to be worked for, Peters fumed ” playing offside in this situation is lazy defending and extremely risky, officials at the highest level can’t even get off sides correct, never mind at our level, My players were instructed before the game to defend such situations and not to rely on an assistants flag, this they failed to do leaving us with a mountain to climb in the second half “
Minutes following the half time break it was inevitable Peters would make changes, this he did bringing on Wayne Morrison for defender Kevin Masirika and Steven Cassidy for Ryan Humphries, but before these players and the team could get any sort of rhythm Bacup conceded a third goal, this came about when the out of sorts Tom Coulson failed to defend against his mid field counterpart gifting their midfield player the opportunity to run at the heart of the Bacup defence before placing the ball into the path of his strike partner to whom had pulled off his marker before slotting the ball past Aaron Ashley.
From this moment on and for the remaining thirty five minutes Bacup did have a real go in trying to get back into this game, the lively direct approach of Substitute Steve Cassidy was proving to become a real threat for Carlisle, Bacup won themselves a free kick at the edge of the Carlisle penalty area, Anthony Hall got his direct shot off which their keeper failed to deal with and Adrian Bellamy has alert has ever was right there to capitalise on his mistake and reduce Bacup’s deficit.
The introduction of Cassidy, coupled with getting a goal back lifted Bacup to whom constantly forced Carlisle back in numbers but still the opportunities came for the home side, it really should have been a second goal for Bacup, how it wasn’t, only Substitute Morrison will know, once again Cassidy had done well driving into the box before lofting the ball over to the far post, with the Carlisle keeper well beaten, the ball just needing a touch over the line, Wayne Morrison was right there on the spot but motionless letting a real good opportunity to go begging, a further Bacup attack was started this time with Wayne Morrison, he switched the ball wide to Anthony Hall to whom produced a quality delivery right onto the head of Alexander Nwachukwu, if he heads down, he scores, sadly for the Bacup faithful he just headed straight and again another opportunity passes the home side by has the ball goes over the bar for a goal kick.
Bacup’s second half onslaught did create them with very good chances that did come and did go, opportunities that should have most certainly have been finished which despite a well under par first half, should have got them something from this game, has Manager Brent Peters rightly pointed out at the end of this game ” We are desperate for a naturel finisher ” based on what I witnessed in the second half, he is not wrong.
Bacup Borough 1- Carlisle City -3
Team Ashley, Craig, Constantine, Masirika ( Morrison ) Close ( Rutter ) Coulson, Broderick, Nwachukwu, Humphries ( Cassidy ) Bellamy, Hall. Subs not used Rhodes, Gervin.