Bacup Borough -2- Prestwich Heys -3
BOROUGH AND HEYS BATTLE OUT FIVE GOAL THRILLER
Bacup Borough’s crippling injury list got to crises point prior to this meeting with Prestwich Heys, With Goal keeper Josh Harris side lined along with Striker Anthony Hall, Defender Trent Simm, these in addition to long term absentees, on the eve of the game Manager Brent Peters had also been hit with the news that Thomas Coulson and Harvey Close had both been advised by the clubs physiotherapist not to participate, also matters were not helped with Benjamin Rhodes having to drop out of the squad due to work commitments, if this was not bad enough defender Nathan Emery to whom was down to start the game had to pull out at the very last minute due to being held up in Wigan, Manager Brent Peters had little option but to turn to Harvey Close to start the match but it was evident he was struggling when in the opening minutes it was as though Prestwich was fully aware of Harvey’s injury by attacking Bacup down that side of the pitch, from their first attack the lad struggled from which the visitors exploited before finding Michael Itela who lofted the ball over Bacup’s keeper Louis McCarthy leaving the ball to cross the line at the far post area, the circumstances Bacup had found themselves in due to injuries and cry offs, then going a goal down it looked like it would be a long hard night for the home side, but how wrong, Manager Brent Peters immediately took off Harvey Close, he dropped back ever reliable Jordan Rutter, moving also Alexander Nwachukwu into midfield and introduced the only injury free player he had on the substitutes bench Darryl Lloyd making only his second appearance for the club made his way to centre forward, it was substitute Lloyd to whom played a part in Bacup Borough’s equaliser along with Matthew Bryan, Rio Wilson Heys and Alexander Chu, it was a good move from a forward pass into the left channel which Matthew Bryan worked hard to ensure the ball stayed in play before finding Rio Wilson to whom then picked out Alex Chu to finish past the Heys keeper.
Bacup had another opportunity following their equaliser when Lloyd played a through ball to Wilson-Heys who’s shaped effort went inches wide of the post, Prestwich had their moments and really should have taken the lead when Bacup defender Rees Welsh tried to go through a player to make a pass, possession was lost, from this the Prestwich player attacked the space before shooting, the Bacup upright saving the day, a further Prestwich attack resulted in them winning a corner, it was from the resulting corner that the Prestwich skipper Jake Wood came late to power his header into the Bacup goal, this was a disappointing goal to concede given the fact that Alexander Chu completely failed in his marking responsibilities, minutes later and with the half time whistle about to go Bacup shot themselves in the foot, having possession of the ball in midfield, the ball for some strange reason was hit back from a Bacup midfield player that caught his keeper Louis McCarthy off guard, credit to Louis he managed to readjust his feet to clear up field, of all people to drop to was Christopher Baguley a player noted for quality strikes of a football, well he did not disappoint the Prestwich faithful by unleashing a thirty five yard screamer right back into the goal to give Heys a two goal half time cushion.
The Second half got under way, if the first half was fairly even, the second half Bacup completely dominated the half, the pace and movement of Rio Wilson Heys and Matthew Bryan was creating the visitors problems, Bacup Borough’s Midfield were working hard in stopping the visitors in creating anything against the Bacup defence that was looking strong and resolute.
Chances came Bacup’s way, a forward pass from the Bacup midfield area was latched onto by Rio Wilson Heys to whom went through onto goal before shaping his shot past their keeper but being thwarted by the post, has the ball came back to the feet of Rio his next shot with their keeper beaten again was blocked by a defender for a corner which was defended.
Bacup did pull a goal back, this time another forward thinking pass diagonal that the Prestwich defender did fail to anticipate the bounce which kindly found Matthew Bryan who turned and once facing goal he made no mistake at all with a glorious finish, from this moment on Bacup pushed and pushed for an equaliser, a failure to convert pressure & chances into goals, prevented Bacup getting something their performance richly deserved.