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Boro Somehow Lose Seven Goal Thriller

Team: 1. Jakovlevs 2. L.Morgan 3. Valderama 4. Bellamy (c) 5. Esdaille 6. Crook 7. Cosgrave 8. J.Brown 9. Kuba-Kuba 10. Plummer 11. Currie (Sub Hussein) (Sub W.Morgan)
Subs not used: M.Brown, Maine & Critchley
Attendance: 45

Report by Jay Taylor

Bacup & Rossendale Borough conceded too many sloppy goals which meant they surrendered a two goal lead twice against Squires Gate.

Boro boss Brent Peters made four changes to the midweek loss to Barnoldswick. Alex Valderama (no relation to Carlos) made his debut; Plummer, Cosgrave and Jacob Brown were promoted to the starting line-up.

In recent matches the first ten minutes or so for BARB have been nothing short of sluggish but today was the polar opposite to that. A minute after Luke Morgan cleared Jack Cook’s header off the line Bacup took a very early lead. Glodi Kuba-Kuba broke down the right-hand side, paused and delivered an inviting cross that Shaun Plummer couldn’t refuse as he heads into the bottom corner. Having not scored in our last three matches this was a delight in itself to get the ball rolling once again.

Bacup still looked vulnerable at the back however as Jake Forshaw’s back post header dropped only just wide.

Having said that BARB looked absolutely frightening going forwards and on 12 minutes it was 2-0. Gate skipper Daniel Penswick dawdled on the ball, Shaun Plummer was hungrier and pinched it off him. Martin Cosgrave then slotted in Kuba-Kuba who slotted it past goalkeeper Ben Fletcher with ease.

What an incredible start for the Borough, now you felt they needed to keep going and get a crucial third goal and they really should have been 3-0 up inside 25 minutes with an absolutely golden chance. Kuba-Kuba was the star man for BARB, you could tell Squires Gate were absolutely petrified of him as he was winning every battle and this chance came about as he gambled and found himself bearing down on goal one-on-one with Fletcher but he put it wide.

This miss looked even bigger when four minutes later Gate were right back in the game. Jack Sowerby got on the front foot and ran right through the Boro defence and he slotted it past Jakovlevs.

It was nearly 2-2 shortly after as Joshua Westwood somehow headed over from another dreaded corner.

Just two minutes later this pulsating match took another twist as BARB restored their two goal lead and deservedly so. Jacob Brown played a long ball into the right channel after a Squires Gate corner which Kuba-Kuba latched onto as he faced up the opposing defenders. His feet were mesmerizing as he jinked past not one, not two but three defenders and he blasts at goal which is saved but the incoming Sam Crook smashes it into the back of the net much to his and the team’s delight.

However what is that famous football saying……….you are most vulnerable when you have just scored and by gosh that was true today. Almost from the kick-off Squires Gate pulled the deficit back to just one goal again. A cross came in from the right too easy and Jake Forshaw flicked into the far post.

Borough were still looking incredibly dangerous going forward especially through that man Kuba-Kuba as he should have had a first half hat-trick at least. On 42 minutes he struck powerfully just wide and a minute from the break he missed a glorious chance to go into half-time 4-2 up. He gambled beyond the defence again and received his rewards as the Gate defence misjudged and Glodi was through on goal, he rounds the goalkeeper but just takes it too far and too tight an angle so he back heels to substitute Mo Hussein who blasts over from very close range.

Half-Time: Bacup & Rossendale Borough 3-2 Squires Gate

Into the second-half and BARB really needed to keep the performance intensity level the same as the first half however it wasn’t the case as Gate started off much brighter and levelled the game just ten minutes in. From a Bacup goal kick Squires Gate dispossessed and Alexander Murphy finished it well but from a Bacup point of view it was far too easy and could have been avoided easily.

BARB unfortunately could not repeat the first-half performance but Kuba-Kuba went close again on 68 minutes as a rip snorting strike from 25 yards was met by a fingertip save from Ben Fletcher.

Eight minutes later however and the away side nudged into the lead. Jack Sowerby again got in behind with his pace, took it past Jakovlevs and smashed it in.

It was a much less frenetic half but the home side had one final push to get a point they deserved at the bare minimum. Shaun Plummer and Sam Crook both headed tamely into the goalkeepers arms, Adrian Bellamy blazed wildly wide from a tight angle and Kuba-Kuba tried his luck from range again but it was easily dealt with. The best chance fell to Sam Crook after some good battling by Bellamy and Plummer as he got in behind and opted to put it across goal but the shot looked like the best option.

Full-Time: Bacup & Rossendale Borough 3-4 Squires Gate