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By Matthew Lawson

On a night where Bacup could at last pay their respects as a club to Its main benefactor Brian Boys and it was a fitting performance by Brent’s men.

There were chances for both teams in the opening exchanges at the Brian Boys West View Stadium, Both sides ‘Keepers making good saves to keep the scores level.

The best move and chance of the half came from the hosts, after a great piece of passing play on the left hand side Anthony Hall played a left footbed ball into the box to Josh Walne who’s headed Effort was saved by the Millers goalkeeper.

Bacup were enjoying the majority of the possession going into the last 15 minutes of the first half and could of seen themselves go 1-0 up after New Mills debutant Chris Middleton pull back Any Hall just on the edge of the 18 yard box. The resulting freekick from Matthew Bryan was taken left footed and with the keeper beaten it unfortunately flashed wide of the right hand post.

On the stroke of half time Bacup took the lead courtesy of Matthew Barlow, the goal came from an Anthony Hall corner, it was swung in left footed from the left hand side and fell to the feet of Barlow who slotted his right foot strike past ‘Keeper Williams.

Chances were few and far between in the early stages of the second half, but just after the hour mark, Borough stopper price produced a great reaction save to deny the visitors an equaliser and a way back into the game.

Matthew Bryan could of made it 2-0 with 20 minutes left after a lofted through ball bounced just right for him and he unleashed a stunning volley which clattered the inside of the post, the ball was then cleared by the New Mills defence.

Within minutes of Bryan hitting the post, Borough countered 3 on 2 , Hall broke clear and slipped the ball through to Bryan who rounded the keeper, came inside and put his right footed shot beyond the stretch of the scrambling Millers defender on the line to make it 2-0.

It could of easily been 3-0 when Matty Bryan played a superb ball into the box into the feet of strike partner Matty Barlow who was denied his second of the game, down to a great double save from the visitors goalkeeper Dean Williams.

In the closing stages of the fixture, New Mills pulled a goal back through centre half Mike Jones’ header from a free kick played in from the left.


On a high after the home win Bacup travel to 4th placed Alsager Town on Saturday October 28th