By Joel Downings
Bacup finally got back to competitive action following a number of postponements on Saturday but it wasn’t the return they were looking for. Three early goals killed the game off and Bacup are forced into Christmas with a heavy defeat.
Bacup Borough found themselves trailing by three goals with just 20 minutes gone on Saturday after failing to put their stamp on their first league fixture in almost a month.
Cheadle started brightly pressing well and forcing chances just minutes into the game, attacking down the left the home side made light work of Borough’s fullback as they played cross after cross into the box. Bacup got lucky when a goal after 7 minutes was adjudged to be offside.
However, just minutes later Cheadle converted again and this time the goal stood. Hinks converting after Monteith palmed an initial shot straight into his path. It wasn’t to be Monteith’s day as 4 minutes later Monteith gifted Hinks yet another goal, this time dropping the ball straight into the strikers path for him to slot home and double his side’s lead.
A Cheadle attack down the left led to Mason getting a low cross into the box for his teammate to convert and the back post. An easy tap in and the home side were coasting to victory.
Bacup struggled to get into the game at all, granted with fixtures few and far between in recent weeks it was expected some players may be off the pace but no one saw such a heavy defeat coming, especially so soon. Cheadle came close a number of times in the first half, striking the post on no less than 3 occasions while Bacup scarcely registered a shot on goal.
The second half was a different game, rain was coming down heavily and the hosts looked to be flagging after their blistering start. However as league leaders Cheadle were hardly likely to give up the game easily. Chances were few and far between for either side but again it was the home side who came the closest.
One to forget for Bacup who’ll hope there aren’t too many more performances like this should they look to push for promotion come the end of the campaign. Next up is Widnes away and a chance to move on from a bad result quickly and start the new year well.