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Bacup Edge Closer To Safety

Team: 1. O’Boyle 2. Cosgrave 3. Bryan 4. Wager 5. Esdaille (c) 6. Gorman (Sub Finnigan) 7. Bellamy 8. Gamble 9. Massey (Sub Humphreys) 10. Kirk 11. McKenzie (Sub Socha)
Subs not used:
Attendance: 87

Report by Jay Taylor

A second-half brace from substitute Ryan Humphreys saw the Borough see off third place Glossop North End in a big step towards safety.

Manager Brent Peters made one change to Saturday’s win against St. Helens Town as Otis Gorman was handed his second debut in place for Lee Oldham.

It was a lovely spring night in Bacup with the home side starting loudly, competing hard with composed passing. Wide midfielder Omar Mckenzie looked dangerous in the opening stages as he was gliding beyond blue shirts with ease.

Laquan Esdaille picked up an early booking as when getting up for a header he was adjudged to have led with his elbow leaving him on a tightrope for the majority of the game.

The first real effort on goal came after eighteen minutes as some superb tenacious pressing from Arron Kirk allowed him to pinch possession, bear down on goal and poke a shot off but the angle was tight and it was pushed to safety.  

This was followed up by Glossop’s first chance as Kieran Lugsden’s glancing header fizzed just wide of the right-hand post.

Bacup then had to change things slightly as Barry Massey pulled up with an injury and had to be replaced by Ryan Humphreys.

It was an extremely quiet first half with very few chances and everyone had to wait 38 minutes for the first big chance and it fell to the title chasers as Samuel Hare blazed over a pull back from inside the penalty area.

Half-Time: Bacup 0-0 Glossop

It was such a tight game at this point, it could have gone either way as chances were few and far between and once again you got the feeling that it would be settled by something special.

It was heart in mouth time for the BARB defence just before the hour mark as for the first time the blues got in behind down the right-hand side and delivered a great cross down the corridor and was somehow not turned in. However, the referee blew and it appeared that Kieran Lugsden was cautioned for using his hand.

The deadlock was finally broken after 63 minutes and yes it was something special. A long ball forward from Gareth Wager was brought down absolutely exquisitely in his stride by Ryan Humphreys and he simply out-paced the defence and so calmly rolled the ball beyond goalkeeper Gregory Hall.  

Gorman then had to be replaced as fitness took its toll having not played in a while; however, he and Andrew Gamble were tremendous in the centre of midfield showing terrific work-rate and battling for everything.

The away side were starting to become frustrated with the lack of joy they were having but they would have been even more frustrated when a free-kick went deep to the back post and Kelvin Lingsden found himself completely unmarked but he couldn’t reach the cross, that was a let off for Bacup.

Twelve minutes after getting his first goal for the club, Humphreys then doubled his personal tally and the score line with another confident clinical finish. Another long ball forward was flicked on superbly by the hard-working Adrian Bellamy and Humphreys gambled well and simply helped the ball over the goalkeeper. This was a massive step in their fight for safety.

Although, it was extremely close to 2-1 with ten minutes to play when David Young’s blistering strike from range left O’Boyle stranded but it flashed narrowly wide.

The game then started to heat up as booking after booking arose and after his early caution Laquan Esdaille received his marching orders with a second yellow card after a coming together. Substitute Nathan Finnigan slotted in at centre-back and they had to just hold on now in which they did.

Shape, tactics and execution all perfect in this outstanding victory over one of the teams of the season in Glossop North End.

Full-Time: Bacup & Rossendale Borough 2-0 Glossop North End

Back to back wins for the first time since the end of August and a third win in four leaves Bacup on the brink of safety.