Match Report: Carlisle City 2-1 Bacup Borough



Bacup Borough travelled north to Carlisle City in executive style and in buoyant mood but five minutes following the half time break and five minutes from the end proved to be the pivotal moments which turned out to be the difference between coming away with a well earned point which in honesty Bacup certainly deserved but sadly surrendered all three points to the unbeaten Cumbrian side who have won all of their opening matches.

Carlisle started the game really well working hard all over the pitch in an event to not let Bacup settle, if this was their pre arranged game plan it most certainly did work has Bacup struggled to get out of their own half, Bacup’s solid rear guard was more than over worked in the first forty five minutes but between Bellamy, Esdaille, and the excellent Oliver Crew such was their performances that despite the pressure Carlisle was placing onto their visitors the Bacup keeper did not have a save to make,  when eventually Bacup worked their way into the home sides half they did have their moments when Anthony Hall, Michael Gervin and Davison Banda worked the ball well together with Banda bringing a save from the Carlisle keeper, another chance came to open the scoring when Bacup won a free kick on the right of the pitch, the resulting delivery was met by the head of Michael Gervin who’s glancing header whistled just wide of the post,  Some how the half finished with no goals for either side but credit must go to the way Bacup defended ensuring the deadlock was not broken at the break.

Despite Bacup weathering constant pressure in the first forty five minutes with solid defending it seemed the only way Carlisle would score if an individual created an individual error and that is exactly what happened when a clever ball was pushed into the space between centre back and left back, the advancing player to the left of Davison Banda was given the chance to run in behind the defender which resulted in players leaving their post to close the danger, this created gaps from which the home side exploited before shooting themselves into the lead,   credit to Bacup this did not knock their belief they started to bring themselves back into the contest by closing quicker, winning second balls and using the ball slightly better than they did in the first half, gradually you could sense an equaliser was imminent for Bacup, the equaliser came when Josh Walne had been fouled, the resulting free kick was delivered with quality by Joshua Walne

From which Michael Gervin on the blind side of the pack got himself in there to get his side right back in the game, Bacup had already introduced substitute Lewis Holding who replaced Davison Banda, but following was two forced substitutions when defender Oliver Crew had to leave the pitch and striker Matthew Dell, replacing Dell was Ben Rhodes and dropping in at the back replacing Crew was Nathan Tayo,  Bacup were having a really good go at this time in attempting to win the game,  with minutes remaining and Bacup camped in the Carlisle defending third of the pitch, with the ball not being protected, the ball poorly bounced off a Bacup front man, Carlisle broke from back to front forcing a corner which was defended, then comes the deciding moment when a young Bacup forward trying to redeem his mistake did make an effort to win a ball that the Bacup defender Nathan Tayo seemed to be in control of, this challenge resulted in Carlisle gaining a free kick wide on Bacup Borough’s left,  the deliver in was delivered with quality and with such pace that any such connection the ball would sail into the net,  this is exactly what did happen much to the delight of the home side and disappointment of the visitors, whilst Bacup deserved a share of the points, the result came right down to the finest of margins, in the end it was   two poor individual decisions that has proved costly, something these young players must learn from.