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Match Report: Cheadle Town v Bacup Borough


Boro taste defeat despite a valiant second half performance

By Matthew Lawson

After rain and snow had forced postponements Bacup were back on the road into Manchester.

Having been boosted by the return of Josh Walne after 7 weeks out with injury Boro were eager to give manager Brent Peters a late birthday present in the form of three valuable points.

Both sides enjoyed early possession In was a tight opening exchange. It took Cheadle 15 minutes to break the deadlock, Rick Whyatt rose unchallenged to head into the top corner. Tom Ratican added a second before Whyatt got his second of the game just before the half time interval to make it 3-0.

At half time Peters signalled his attacking intent by bringing on Bobby Carter and the returning Josh Walne. The two changes brought out a lively start to the second half firstly Wayne Morrison came close from close range but he couldn’t direct Sam Howe’s perfectly weight low cross towards the target.

Captain Adrian Bellamy thought he had scored and found Bacup a way back into the game as he rose highest from a corner and headed towards goal only for the Cheadle defender to scramble back to head the goal bound effort off the line.

Against the run of play, after withstanding the Borough Barrage Ratican broke clear to make it 4-0.
Matty Bryan added a deserved consolation with 10 minutes left off the game as he ran clear of his marker and from close range slotted past Whiting to make it 4-1.