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1874 Victorious in Bacup

Team: 1. Jakovlevs 2. Bellamy (c) 3. Le (Sub Tayo) 4. Wager 5. Esdaille 6. Gamble 7. McKenzie (Sub Hussein) 8. Oldham 9. Plummer (Sub Zamma) 10. Bond 11. Bryan
Subs not used: Rahman & Morgan
Attendance: 135

By Jay Taylor

Bacup & Rossendale Borough were well in the game up until a poor ten minute spell in the second half allowed 1874 Northwich take the victory.

Manager Brent Peters made two changes to the midweek loss against Silsden welcoming back the experienced Gareth Wager and Nathan Bond.

Bacup started the game right on the front foot as ever pushing their opposition back deeper and deeper and they really should have broken the deadlock before the clock hit sixty seconds. Matty Bryan crossed in a great ball to Shaun Plummer who found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper but his tame shot was straight at stopper Matthew Conkie.

If the Borough get that early goal it could be a completely different game however, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

1874 rode that early storm and had their own first effort on goal after six minutes as a tame header from Matthew Beadle was no trouble for Callum Jakovlevs.

It was a frantic end-to-end start to the match and a Beadle strike was well saved by Jakovlevs and this was countered by the home side as a superb switch by Omar McKenzie found Bryan on the left-hand side who cut in and struck well but unfortunately it sailed over.

Just as the away drum kept banging the chances kept coming for both sides, this time a good ball over the top by Andrew Gamble found Bryan whose dinked cross found Plummer again who rounded the goalkeeper but his touch was too heavy which meant the angle was tight and he could only find the side-netting.

These missed chances were costing BARB once again as just a minute later it was one nil to the visitors. A cross was whipped in fiercely from the left, however he shouldn’t have had the time he did to take his time and deliver but he did and Paul Connor was on the end of it to head into the corner.

The frantic start was then calmed slightly, only slightly though as the tackles were still flying in, Bryan was strong in the tackle which allowed him to get his shot off but it never troubled Conkie.

Another bad habit of BARB’s were the inside balls they were playing as they were causing all the home fans stress and they were just needless. It was very nearly 0-2 on 33 minutes as Connor again wiggled through unchallenged and he hit the post face on.

Two minutes later a highly controversial incident occurred as Beadle raced through on goal and it was clear Laquan Esdaille was pulling him back slightly but the attacker shrugged him off, rounded the keeper and went down. Controversially the referee pointed the opposite way to which everyone thought he was going to go and booked the striker for diving.

Minutes later and the same attacker found himself clean through on goal once again but his shot was tame and was easy for Jakovlevs to gather.

Half-Time: Bacup 0-1 1874

Bacup quite often seem to start halves well and this one was no different. Some good build up  

play between Zamma, McKenzie and Bryan which eventually dropped to Nathan Bond but his shot

flew over.

1874 then pressed and pushed really well which reaped its rewards. On 59 minutes they doubled

doubled their lead as a poor shout saying ‘duck’ led to a mix up at the back which allowed Beadle to

slide home.

Just five minutes later it was three and practically game over. A goal mouth scramble from a corner

Eventually fell to Ryan Mitchell who smashed into the roof of the net.

It was one ball every time that killed the home side and that can’t happen and can’t be right.

Big gaps and spaces were appearing now and twelve minutes from time it was four. Another mix up

at the back allowed the untracked Sakeel Abdullah to nip in and finish well.

It could have been more in the end but it stayed 0-4 and that was that.

Full-Time: Bacup & Rossendale Borough 0-4 1874 Northwich