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Match Report: Irlam FC 1 – 4 Bacup Borough

By Joel Downings

Bacup Borough pulled themselves back into playoff contention following a second away victory in as many games as they dispatched Irlam FC. Goals from Kelvin Trippier, Tom Black and Josh Walne, plus an own goal secured Borough a 4-1 victory.

Things weren’t plain sailing for Bacup as the hosts took the lead with the first attack of the game on eight minutes, two minutes later though Borough were back in the game. Irlam conceded a cynical foul in the box to prevent a certain goal and top scorer Kelvin Trippier stepped up to convert his second penalty in as many games.

Both teams threatened throughout the first half but it was Irlam who had the best of the chances, Pete Monteith keeping his side in the game with two top class saves to deny the hosts. Bacup’s best chance from open play came when a Trippier through ball was taken off the toes of Darcy O’Connor as the midfielder was about to strike.

Two minutes later the game was turned upside down when Matty Barlow was brought down by the last man and Irlam found themselves down to 10 men with just 5 minutes of the first half left to play. Despite this disadvantage the teams went in at half-time with the score level at 1-1.

10 minutes into the second half Tom Black, returning from a 3 match ban and without a game under his belt since November, replaced Michael Gervin and immediately made an impact on the game. Matty Bryan’s ball into the box from the left found O’Connor who rolled it into Black to score coolly past the Irlam keeper.

Fifteen minutes later Bryan turned provider again, allowing new signing Josh Walne to cap a brilliant Bacup move and score his first Bacup goal. Walne, a England (LD) international, joined Bacup from Padiham and has immediately added a new dimension to the right-flank.

The goals didn’t stop there, with 10 minutes left on the clock Irlam conceded a comical own goal to take the score to 4-1 and put Borough within 4 points of a play-off place with games in hand over many of the sides above them.

Irlam however did manage to level things up in one respect when Matty Bryan needed to be carried off following a challenge from Liam Morrison. Both sides finished the game with 10-men but it was Bacup who went home with the three points.