Wednesday 29th March 2017
Bacup Borough v Widnes
The Brian Boys West View Stadium, KO 20:00
Bacup Back To Singing In The Rain
Cheadle Town -0- Bacup Borough -1
Only Four games in the entire Hallmark Security Northwest Counties League survived the weather of which Bacup Borough’s fixture was one of those games at Cheadle Town, The hosts themselves started this game on the back of a four game unbeaten run and a 5-1 win at Eccleshall, this in contrast to Bacup’s run of results, The Bacup Manager Brent Peters made two changes, defender Rees Welsh replacing the injured Stuart Craig and recent new signing veteran striker Colin Haywood made his debut replacing Artjoms Butorins who was reverted to the bench.
In the early part of the first half there was nothing between either side but with thirty minutes on the clock Cheadle started to exploit the spaces left from Bacup Borough attacks to get themselves in onto the Bacup goal, twice Bacup got caught wide open but Cheadle failed to hit the target when it really did seem inevitable they would take the lead, when they did manage to hit the target once again Bacup Borough’s keeper Aaron Ashley was equal to anything Cheadle did put his way.
The Park Road pitch was deteriorating fast leaving both sides losing their footing but remarkably both sides made every effort to play entertaining football in what was becoming an extremely difficult playing surface, this was helped by the fact referee Abid Hussain managed the team and the playing conditions admirably.
Right on the stroke of half time Bacup Boroughs captain Adrian Bellamy sustained what looked like a nasty foot injury and did fail to return for the second half resulting in Peters having to re shuffle his pack for the second half which proved to be a productive second half for the visitors.
Debutant striker Colin Haywood dropped in at centre half with Alexander Nwachukwu coming on and taking his place at the top end of the pitch, on fifty minutes it was Nwachukwu that provided a piece of quality by looping the ball into the space behind the Cheadle defence from which Bacup Borough’s Anthony Hall made a good run to latch onto the ball before going around the Cheadle keeper before finishing well, this goal has been a long time coming so it was no surprise the celebrations befitted the goal which lifted Bacup to another level, to the point that minutes later a good move down Bacup’s left from which the industrious Thomas Coulson found Anthony Hall to whom created his space to get his shot off which got blocked with the ball rebounding back to him, again he worked the space and got another goal bound shot off but frantic defending prevented Bacup doubling their score, this was not the end when another defence splitting ball saw Hall being challenged in the penalty area, calls for a penalty from Bacup but the referee was having none of it, Bacup had another opportunity when Tom Coulson struck a long range effort that the keeper failed to handle but with no Bacup player on hand to capitalise, the Cheadle keeper was afforded the opportunity to address his mistake.
With fifteen minutes to go the game started to get stretched with the pitch also going getting really heavy it was amazing the work ethic and entertainment value both sets of players put in, Cheadle threw everyone forward in an effort to salvage something from the game but the Bacup players were back in numbers working hard to prevent an equaliser, the times Cheadle did break Bacup’s solid defensive unit, there was Bacup’s outstanding keeper Aaron Ashley making some invaluable saves, in the closing minutes Cheadle did manage to get the ball past Ashley but the raised Assistants flag for offside did signal the end of an entertaining game from which Bacup collected three points and with this their exceptional team effort ensured no goals was conceded, Cheadle created plenty of problems but Bacup worked tirelessly in ensuring they got what they had set out to get- three points.