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Borough Leave It Late In Didsbury

Team: 1. Ogden 2. Bellamy 3. Lupepe 4. Wager 5. Esdaille 6. Oldham 7. Cocks (c) (Sub Bryan) 8. Nhwziyo 9. Butorins (Sub Kirk) 10. Birtles 11. Socha (Sub Thompson)

Subs not used: Clapham & Heap

Attendance: 72

Bacup & Rossendale Borough left it extremely late but in the end came away with the deserved three points.

The preparation to the game however was not ideal and left manager Brent Peters furious as three key starting players turned up late as they ran out of petrol and subsequently changes had to be made.

As the game got underway the drama was soon forgotten as Borough started terrifically as just three minutes in a superb curling ball in from Lupepe and Adrian Bellamy meets it sweetly but canons off the crossbar. Just a minute later another chance is carved out when stalwart Lee Oldham picks it up and drives at the defence and sees his shot saved, however he had options breaking and could have possibly used them. Would these missed chances be rued?

Bacup have had this knack of starting games well especially in the previous game scoring after just two minutes and it is something they are making a habit of.

12 minutes passed and another really good chance comes along to BARB as Butorins gets slotted through at a tight angle and flicks the ball inches wide from close range.

It took 14 minutes for the away side to have an effort on goal and it was a speculative bicycle kick which bounces harmlessly wide.

West Didsbury & Chorlton then inevitably fought back into the game and then a long battle for possession took place with both sides not being able to hold onto the ball. However there was to be one last chance in the half as Lee Oldham whips in a dangerous free-kick and Bellamy powers in but his header is caught, just.

Half-Time: WD&C 0-0 BARB

Been a very good and competitive first half which BARB had been much the better side and should have probable been leading.

The second half gets underway and the chances were drying up but more and more late challenges were occurring leading to quite a few bookings.

Bacup then made a change with the skipper Cocks making way for Matty Bryan who’s energetic presence immediately made an impact as he pressed the defender superbly, dispossessed him, find Bellamy who then plays a lovely 1-2 with Nhwziyo and Bellamy shoots just wide. A great chance again spurned and he really should have hit the target at least.

I then started to get the feeling that just one goal could be the difference between the two sides.

A double change from Peters sees Kirk and Thompson come on for Nhwziyo and Socha for some fresh legs.

The bad tackles were still outweighing the chances in the somewhat quiet second half but having said that tiredness was creeping up on the players which was leading to more gaps and chances appearing. The home carved out a good chance as a dinked cross was met by the completely free Tre Baldwin-Willis who’s header drifts wide of the mark.

Simon Thompson’s craftiness was bringing him close but as the game reached close to the finish, in the 88th minute the break through eventually came as a corner for BARB was whipped in and the powerhouse that has been threatening all day, Adrian Bellamy gets up and sends a towering header into the back of the net to surely win it for the away side.

Some late obvious pressure from the home side was withstood and the whistle finally went.

FULL-TIME: WEST DIDSBURY & CHORLTON 0-1 BACUP & ROSSENDALE BOROUGH

To be quite honest it was a deserved victory for the away side in what was a good competitive match.