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Match Report: Sandbach United v Bacup Borough


Sandbach United -7- Bacup Borough -1

Despite this score line which suggests it was a one sided contest, this certainly does not prove to be a true reflection of a game that could easily have been 4-4 at the break, during the first forty five minutes despite the fact the home side rocked the visitors by storming into an early three goal lead all from set pieces, at the opposite end the Sandbach Goal keeper was in remarkable form producing several stunning saves.

Bacup without the services of their two ever present central mid field pairing of Elliott Collinson and James Constantine, Kieran Turner was also injured along leaving Manager Brent Peters short in this area, stepped up into the side from Bacup Borough’s under 21s was the under 21s captain Jordan Wilmore and making his only second start to the season was Jean Khasa, also missing was leading goal scorer Wayne Morrison to whom was replaced by Matthew Barlow, Bacup Borough started the game well with Matthew Bryan constantly taking the game to the opposition, but very quickly despite Bacup Borough’s start it was the home side that did take an early lead coming from a free kick at the edge of the Bacup penalty area committed by Jean Khasa, certainly not the best area to concede a free kick especially when it seemed Sandbach had chance to practise what did look like a rehearsed kick from the training ground, the ball was placed into the front man who turned to knock the ball to the opposite side, this seemed an easy clearance for sixteen year old Markell Foulds but surprisingly Markell failed to put pressure on the ball leaving the Sandbach player enough time to get his head up and pick his spot past Josh Harris in the Bacup Goal, despite this set back it was Bacup back again on the front foot with Sandbach finding it very difficult to contain Bryan but despite all of the efforts of the Bacup forwards it was at the opposite end of the pitch where Bacup were being let down when Sandbach earn themselves a corner and once again non-existent marking brought the home side their second and literally seconds later their third both against the same Bacup Defender, this was three poor goals conceded all from set pieces, Whilst at the opposite end of the pitch Matthew Barlow, Matthew Bryan, and Anthony Hall found the Sandbach keeper in terrific form whilst once again a fourth Sandbach goal proved that Bacup Borough’s Conor Porter had started in contrast to the way the Sandbach keeper was performing, when Adrian Bellamy failed to get enough on his header, both Conor Porter and Markell Foulds covering their captain both with their eyes on the ball but obviously no talking collided with each other before obstructing the Sandbach striker for the Referee to award Sandbach a penalty which was converted, it was little wonder minutes later the Bacup Manager Brent Peters substituted his defender Conor Porter, it was proving to have been a thirty minute period Conor will want to very much forget.

Despite the score line Bacup deserve a lot of credit has they constantly mounted a lot of creditable attacks but failed to find any Sandbach defenders in the same charitable mood has their own defenders.

The second half started with Bacup still playing with a belief they could still get something from this game, this until the fifth goal did arrive, again the Bacup rear guard failing to put any pressure onto the ball when Boris Mellingui got himself between the lines and was afforded the luxury of having time to pick his spot giving Harris no chance, there is no doubt this goal did take all of the belief away from Bacup, for the first time in the game the Bacup team in its entirety were left numb and deflated to the point it was no surprise when goal’s six and seven arrived almost at the end of the contest, a contest that could so easily have been so different had the Bacup rear guard not have been so charitable, Bacup had plenty of good possession through out, they found keeper Ryan Moss in terrific form but little he could do with Tre Baldwin Willis finish following an excellent ball from Alexander Nwachukwu which then produced good link up play between Anthony Hall and Tre Baldwin Lewis to finish.

Bacup Team. Joshua Harris, Markell Foulds, Adrian Bellamy( Daniel Davies) Anthony Hall, Conor Porter( Joshua Walne ) Jordan Wilmore, Davison Banda, Jean Khasa, Matthew Barlow, Alexander Nwachukwu, Matthew Barlow ( Tre Baldwin Willis )