Wednesday 29th March 2017
Bacup Borough v Widnes
The Brian Boys West View Stadium, KO 20:00
Whitchurch Alport -3 – Bacup Borough -0
Bacup Borough made the long trip to Shropshire to play third placed Whitchurch Alport, this was never going to be an easy fixture given the fact that Manager Brent Peters had to make several changes from the side which defeated Cheadle Town in their previous outing.
Peters introduced debutants Goal Keeper Josh Harris replacing Aaron Ashley following his recent move to Evo Stick League Ashton United, defender Joseph Austen, Peter Genicott, and forward Rio Wilson Heys, Missing from the Cheadle Town win was suspended, Match winner Anthony Hall & Nathan Emery with Trent Sim and Veteran Striker Colin Heywood missing due to work commitments.
Despite the changes to the team for long periods Bacup were very much in this game, during the first half the home side looked the most threatening having the upper hand in midfield but did come up against a resolute and strong defensive unit, Whitchurch did take the lead on the half hour mark, which came as a result of a wicked deflection from a ball coming in from the Bacup Borough left, which dropped at the feet of their most experienced striker and Captain Simon Everall, to whom really could not miss slotting the ball out of reach of Josh Harris in the Bacup goal.
This one goal deficit did take the sides to the half time break, following of which Bacup did tighten up a lot in midfield, Artjoms Butorins was replaced by Peter Genicott, in addition debutant Rio Wilson Heys was proving to be a constant threat against the home side, chances created were few for both sides, a mixture of good defending and bad decisions from both sides in the final third was very much the reason for this, Manager Brent Peters in pursue of an equaliser did push another striker up, with the final fifteen minutes approaching and still a one goal deficit Peters introduced yet another front man in Benjamin Rhodes to whom has made the step up from Bacup Borough’s under eighteen side, by doing this he sacrificed defender Jo Austen, Bacup certainly silenced the home crowd has they did take the game to Whitchurch but the final break through onto goal just eluded them, on eighty seven minutes the inexperience and naivety of this young Bacup side did come to the fore, with the ball out wide at the edge of the Bacup eighteen yard box an unnecessary free kick was given away, once awarded the entire team completely switched off, the experienced Whitchurch Captain bright as a button got on the ball right away with an instinctive shot which flew into the Bacup net, this was a cruel blow for Borough but something that should not have really happened.
Whitchurch’s third goal came deep into injury time following a Bacup attack resulting in numbers pushing forward, Whitchurch won the ball back with Paul Hudson receiving the ball before driving through the Bacup’s non-existent midfield before unleashing a terrific strike giving Harris no chance.
This 3-0 score line certainly flattered Whitchurch, a score line which would have been prevented with more player leadership.