Team: 1. Green 2. Birtles 3. Bancroft 4. Finnigan 5. Bellamy 6. Westwood (Sub Wager) 7. Cocks (c) 8. Oldham 9. Massey (Sub McDonough) 10. Weir 11. Socha (Sub Bryan)
Subs not used: Alderson & Linney
Bacup & Rossendale Borough’s lack of goals costs them as fellow strugglers Alsager Town pick them off.
Bacup manager Brent Peters just made the one change after Saturday’s good draw against Bootle handing Scott Weir his debut in place of Simon Thompson.
We aren’t ones for sour grapes however the team Alsager fielded was much different to the one that they put out last week against Maine Road due to drafting in players from higher leagues. It was reported that six changes were made with players from a higher standard of football.
To the game then and it was a really good start for Bacup who began right on the front foot with all the possession and play in the early stages. However all this possession was not creating any chances and against the run of play the home side took the lead against the run of play after just nine minutes. A corner was not dealt with enough as two failed clearances fell to Michael Carr who was waiting and finished powerfully past Matthew Green.
After the goal went in the game was still being dominated by BARB but they just didn’t have that cutting edge in that third of the field as debutant Scott Weir blazed well over on the half volley.
Shots were being unleashed from the away side now which was an improvement and Ellis Westwood tried his luck from all of 30 yards which whizzed narrowly wide.
They were dominating and creating now they just needed that finishing touch and a bit luck which wasn’t coming especially as captain Daniel Cocks seemed to be bundled over inside the penalty box.
On the other hand though Alsager did look dangerous when they went forward and Chris Smith’s free header dropped just wide after the half hour mark.
Just before half-time graced both sides with one good chance, firstly Josh Lane got inside the box but could only poke his shot at Bacup stopper Green. Up the other end and the Borough were so close to levelling the game with some great wide play by Paul Socha and the ball eventually fell to Weir whose curling shot was superbly saved by Dominic Kurasik.
Half-Time: Alsager 1-0 BARB
A double change for Bacup at the break saw Matty Bryan and Gareth Wager introduced for Ellis Westwood and Paul Socha to try and get back in the game, however, the second half never looked like being Bacup’s day. A Barry Massey header right down the goalkeeper’s throat was just about it for the Borough in the second half and in the 55th minute as a block shot drops back to Chris Smith once again and he simply rolls it in. Bacup were caught out slightly as too many men were committed forward therefore were stretched at the back when the home side broke.
The game was over just eight minutes later as Jordan Johnson whom is one of the players who plays at a higher level hit a 30 yard strike into the top corner off the underside of the crossbar.
Adrian Bellamy then headed comfortably wide but it was evident that the match was over as it started to get a little bit feisty and this led to Bacup skipper Daniel Cocks getting sent off after his second yellow card, something we could do without at this stage of the season.
Full-Time: Alsager Town 3-0 Bacup & Rossendale Borough
A disappointing result for the Borough after a good start to 2014 however they have three home games in a row now so hopefully the goals and points will come.