By Joel Downings
Bacup went into their game with Chadderton with renewed energy, the players had been working hard in training and a new system was to be implemented. Kelvin Tripper moved into midfield alongside Nicky Taylor and Darcy O’Connor, with Adrian Bellamy at center back and skipper Shane Birtles at right wing-back.
Chadderton started brightly hitting the bar early on but this was to be their best chance of the half.
With 10 minutes gone Bacup were gifted a chance, despite calls for offside a shot was lobbed miles wide of the onrushing Chadderton keeper’s goal.
Bacup were in control for the majority of the first half, O’Connor, Thompson and Bryan all testing the keeper. However, it was bad refereeing decisions that set the tone in the first half. Bacup’s bench were incensed when a freekick was given to the hosts which was obviously the other way round.
On 34 minutes Bacup had claims for a penalty waved away. An atricious decision as everyone in the ground saw the obvious foul. Was it going to be Bacup’s day?
Three minutes later, Peter Monteith, returing in goal after a spell on the bench, made a brilliant save from a decent Chadderton effort.
It was Bacup’s Matty Bryan though who came closest. Hitting the target three times in seconds but all three efforts were miraculously kept out.
Borough dominated the second period but were unable to make the breakthrough. Clear cut chances were few and far between and the organised Chadderton back line made things very difficult for Bacup.
Matty Bryan again came close on 82 minutes after a Banda interception but his shot was lashed wide.
It is hard for Bacup not to be disappointed with only grabbing a point but there were certainly lots of postives on display and the side can be confident more performances like that will bring wins.
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