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Borough Count Cost Of Second Half Misses


A serious car incident near to Bacup delayed some of the spectators and some of the visiting Wigan players from getting to the Brian Boys West View Stadium on time last night but when the game kicked off the home fans were left wondering if it was the Boro that had failed to turn up. Boss Brent Peters kept faith with the side that had won at AFC Blackpool a week earlier, the only change to the starting line-up being the return in goal of Paul Horridge due to the unavailability of Ryan Jones. Indeed it was the returning stopper who was first called into action when he tipped a 15th minute Wigan free-kick around the post for a corner as the visitors made most of the early running. Horridge produced an even better save five minutes later. Christopher Bennett found himself clean through for a one on one with the keeper but Horridge made himself big to deny him at point blank range. Borough huffed and puffed with no end product until Otis Gorman unleashed a 38th minute pile driver that had Robin Park’s goalkeeper and captain Jay Foulds diving at full stretch to keep it out. It was fitting that a centre half had had Bacup’s first effort on goal of the match. Matty Bryan headed wide from a corner moments later before Wigan broke to take the lead. It was danger man Bennett again who changed feet well before slotting the ball into Horridge’s left hand corner and Bacup could have few complaints heading into the interval, their frustrations only compounded when Darren Evans blazed wide after good footwork in the box. HALF-TIME: Bacup Borough 0 Wigan Robin Park 1

Borough have not come from behind to win a single game this season and this was to prove no exception. At half-time Peters brought on Luke Morgan and pushed Artjoms Butorins up front, replacing Haydn Paul. This gave Boro more of a goal threat and they finally started to ask questions of the visiting defence. It was Butorins who was a whisker away from getting on the end of Bryan’s 52 minute free-kick that was asking to be dispatched to the net. A minute later Arron Kirk’s strike was held by Foulds and Butorins then went close again. Chances were falling thick and fast to the hosts now and Bryan sent in another superb cross on 58 minutes that should have been finished by Shane Birtles. Twelve minutes later a probing run from Kirk saw his final effort held by Foulds. Wigan were far less of a threat after the interval, although Bennett did have a chance to chip Horridge but his effort lacked execution. With 14 minutes remaining Martin Cosgrave drove clear of the defence and appeared to be taken down from behind but the referee waved away Borough’s claims for a penalty. It was to be the last major threat from the home side, although Gorman had another effort from distance but this time missed the target. In injury time the visitors had a chance to double their lead from the penalty spot but Horridge, who had a good game on his return, produced a fine stop to deny Michael Wood. Borough left the field to a long dressing down in the changing rooms as Peters reflected on one of the worst league displays so far this season. FULL-TIME: Bacup Borough 0 Wigan Robin Park 1

BACUP BOROUGH: Horridge, Wager, Bryan, Butorins (sub. Limabrooke 75 mins), Gorman, Evans, Birtles (sub. Socha 80 mins), Oldham, Paul (sub. Morgan 45 mins), Kirk, Cosgrave. Subs Not Used: Nelson, Arrowsmith. Attendance: 51 (2 Wigan Robin Park fans).

MATCH STATS: SHOTS ON TARGET: Bacup Borough 3 Wigan Robin Park 6  SHOTS OFF TARGET: Bacup Borough 10 Wigan Robin Park 4  CORNERS: Bacup Borough 4 Wigan Robin Park 3