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Match Report: Sandbach United 1- 0 Bacup Borough

Sandbach United 1- Bacup Borough 0

Bacup Borough made new ground on Saturday when they travelled to the Sandbach Community Football Centre, whilst it was a disappointing result on reflection of the game and chances the visitors did create they should never have left the Cheshire based club with nothing to show for their efforts.

With several changes in the side mainly in the defencive unit it was Bacup that started really well controlling possession, with this any early threat from the home side was minimal, Bacup were soon on the ascendancy, when Ryan Alessandra received the ball on the right before driving into the box, before unleashing a drill type shot which whilst on its way to goal did strike a defender which took some of the pace off the ball, which helped his keeper stopping the effort on the line, it was the same player again combining well with Anthony Hall, Alessandra cut inside from the right before striking the ball with his left foot which went well wide.

It was a good positive start from Bacup to whom seemed well in control but soon against the run of play they found themselves a goal down, it was really a goal out of nothing with an element of luck about it, the Sandbach player being contested by two Bacup defenders has they progressed across the eighteen yard box, the player has he managed to get his shot off which seemed to be an attempted blocked challenge by the Bacup defender which seemed to send the ball into the Bacup keepers top right hand corner, it certainly seemed to be the defenders connection which diverted the ball into the net.

This was a cruel blow to Bacup to whom did not deserve to be behind, from this, chances from either side were scarce up until the 43rd minute when Matthew Bryan did press the Sandbach defender in a wide left position, he dispossessed the defender before cutting inside goal bound, the Sandbach keeper came racing out to narrow the angle, Bryan went past him and side footed the ball towards the empty goal, laces and power would have been the right decision in ensuring the ball went into the net, instead it was sidefooted, no power leaving a defender arriving late to clear the ball off the line, this was another bitter blow to Bacup to whom most certainly should have been level at the break.

The second half got underway pretty much following a similar pattern as in the first half with Bacups Ashley Leather firing just wide, then on another break Matthew Bryan delivered an excellent cross to the far post where Antony Hall was lurking, Hall got his shot off which went well wide and another opportunity gone.

Bacup introduced Striker Johnathan Thompson from the bench but it was soon evident by the chances which did come his way that it was not going to be his afternoon also, his first real chance did come following a long ball which Matthew Barlow flicked in behind the Sandbach defence into the path of Thompson, has he did compose himself before getting his shot off, it did seem easier to hit the target than to miss the target which is exactly what did happen, a further situation did present itself which again it was a poor effort from the Bacup substitute, it was all Bacup pressure at this stage with Sandbach relying on the counter attack but meeting a solid Bacup rear guard apart from the one occasion which saw the Bacup keeper Aaron Ashley having to tip the ball over the bar preventing the home side doubling their lead.

Bacup Borough were creating several good openings but failed to take their chances as they came, which on the evidence of chances and not managing to equalise against the Sandbach slender lead, must be a worry for the Bacup Manager Brent Peters.