Holker OB -2- Bacup Borough -1
VALLEY SNOW BOMB DISRUPTS BOROUGH’S TRIP TO CUMBRIA
With heavy snow falls dropping around East Lancashire non more than the Rossendale Valley which created Gridlock, this turned out to create huge disruption to Bacup Borough in their two hundred mile around trip, the fact it turned out to be a real struggle for the travelling contingent, never the less masterfully Bacup arrived with one hour to spare prior to the scheduled 3pm kick off, however bizarrely the same could not be said of the Match officials to whom were still sat at home at the 3pm scheduled kick off time, with the match official only having to master the short distance from Lancaster to Barrow In Furness, with no snow to be seen in this area it was beggars belief the reason’s as to why much to the frustration of the players when the game finally kicked off at 4-20pm.
Bacup found themselves kicking down the slope finding themselves behind the Holker Rear Guard on several occasions but failing to find that clinical finish to open up the scoring, Bacup won a corner and when captain Adrian Bellamy got a perfect headed connection that seemed a goal all the way struck the underside of the bar to be cleared, it made one wonder with the disruption to the start of the day, opportunities going begging, it was going to be one of those days to forget.
The Home side took the lead mid way through the half following a throw in down Holkers right, some quick inter-passing between the lines worked well to create an opening which on the face of it was an easy finish, the way it was executed will, I am sure disappoint Manager Brent Peters, the visitors pushed on in search of an equalizer and really they should have been going in at half time all square when Matthew Bryan cutting in from the right seem to do everything right firing his shot across the goal keeper but agonizingly see his effort go inches wide of the post.
The second half got underway with Bacup pushing for that all elusive equalizer, pushing being the formative word has this did have a bearing on the home side doubling their lead, from one of several Bacup attacks Holker broke down their left, young Bacup defender Alistair White seemed to do enough holding their player up, the advancing player managed to get half a yard before pulling the ball back resulting in a player unopposed to slide past the stranded keeper.
Manager Brent Peters changed to a back three pushing Adrian Bellamy up the pitch to support Matthew Bryan and Wayne Morrison, this certainly created pressure onto the Holker rear guard, it was nothing short of what Bacup deserved when Wayne Morrison latched onto a Bacup knock down to pull a goal back for the visitors, constant Bacup pressure followed but that all elusive equalizer that Bacup deserved failed to come, from what started a demanding frustrating day, turned out to be a long demanding day with unfairly nothing to show for their creditable efforts.