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Match Report: Bacup Borough v City of Liverpool

Bacup Borough 1- City of Liverpool 2

The Curtain came down on what has been a frustrating disappointing season for Bacup following reaching last year’s playoff final but if the past few weeks are anything to go by there is a promising future for Brent Peters young side.

Arriving in town was Newly formed City of Liverpool their first season since formation, having secured a playoff spot, reaching the Macron League Challenge Cup Final to be played later this month, and winners of the Reusch First Division Cup, if this was not daunting enough they are also the Divisions highest scorers with 119 League goals, This in contrast to Bacup that since the end of March Manager Brent Peters has really struggled to get out a balanced side in most games due to a crippling injury list, in some cases long term injuries which have not eased any since the start of the season, ahead of this game Peters only had one recognised defender to go with which was Captain Adrian Bellamy, due to the circumstances, injuries, suspensions and unavailability Bacup, although narrowly defeated can take a lot of heart from their contribution in this game which very much could easily have ended in what would have been a creditable draw against a very good well organised team.

City of Liverpool brought with them a large following which seemingly whenever the Liverpool side attacked and a player went down anywhere near the penalty area their vocal fans would appeal for a penalty, thankfully the Referee in charge was not going to be intimidated by a large crowd with their appeals falling on deaf ears, however, midway through the first half when make shift defender Jordan Rutter failed to listen to the shout from his keeper Louis McCarthy, for this Rutter paid the price by an high challenge that on this occasion a penalty was awarded and converted, this was a blow to Bacup as they were giving Liverpool has much as Liverpool were attempting to give to Bacup.

Bacup pushed for an equaliser, with half time approaching, Bacup’s Benjamin Boyne leading the Bacup attack helped the ball on but was flattened for his trouble, with Bacup Borough’s Matthew Bryan bursting forward the referee did play the advantage, with the Liverpool keeper rushing out, Matty Bryan pushed the ball past their keeper only to be taken out and penalty awarded for Bacup, with Benjamin Boyne still down and requiring treatment there was a delay before the Spot Kick could be taken, Rio Wilson Heys stepped up to take, shooting the ball low to their keepers right who saved pushing the Ball out , with Bacup reacting by getting the ball on target once again but a terrific save again prevented a Bacup Borough half time equaliser.

Following the break thirteen minutes in City of Liverpool took the lead but from Bacup’s point of view it was a weak disappointing goal, with James Constantine competing in the air with his Liverpool counterpart, has the ball dropped the Liverpool player saw space as the other Bacup midfield player failed to drop to cover, the City of Liverpool player chipped the ball into space before then placing the ball over the static defence to have a simple finish.

City of Liverpool’s two goal cushion seemed like it was enough, but Bacup Borough’s Rio Wilson Heys had different ideas when he got on the ball midway into the Liverpool half, Rio got his head up before comfortable ghosting past players and then shooting low from twenty eight yards out that caught their keeper seemingly off his guard to score just inside the post. Scoring at this time certainly lifted the belief in the Bacup Borough players which resulted in constant Bacup attacks, something which silenced the large following from Liverpool, the nearest Bacup Borough did come to the equaliser was when Substitute Darryl Lloyd chased a loose ball before being brought down in what looked a stone wall penalty, the Referee agreed it was a foul but did not agree it was in the penalty area resulting in a Bacup free kick at the edge of the penalty area but the resulting kick came to nothing leaving City of Liverpool securing a win whilst Bacup on reflection can take so much heart from this performance against a formidable side.